Why does God want to be worshipped?

Dear Maggie!


The offering of veneration or homage.The true worship of the Creator encompasses every aspect of a person’s life. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Whether you eat or drink, or do anything else, do everything for the glorification of God” (1Ko 10:31).

When Jehovah God created Adam, he did not prejudge a special ceremony or method by which the perfect man could draw near to him in worship.Nevertheless, Adam was able to serve or worship his Creator, His Heavenly Father, by faithfully doing his will. Later, Jehovah described to the nation of Israel a certain way to draw near to him in worship; these included sacrifices, a priesthood and a material sanctuary. (See ACCESS TO GOD.) All this, however, had only “a shadow of the good things to come, but not the essence of things themselves” (Heb 10:1). The emphasis has always been primarily on exercising faith— to do the will of Jehovah — and not on ceremonies or rituals (Mat 7:21; Jak 2:17-26).

As the prophet Mica put it, “How shall I stand before Jehovah?How shall I bow to God in the high place? Should I stand in front of him with whole burn victims, with one-year-old calves? Will Jehovah please thousands of rams, tens of thousands of oil streams? Shall I give my firstborn son for my rebellion, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He told you, O terrestrial man, which is good. And what does Jehovah demand back from you, as a right to practice and to love goodness and to walk modestly with your God?” (Wed 6:6-8; cf. Ps 50:8-15, 23).

Hebrew and Greek Terms. Most Hebrew and Greek words that may refer to worship can also be applied to acts other than worship.The context determines how the words in question are to be understood.

One of the Hebrew words that convey the notion of worship has the basic meaning of “serve” (Gen 14:4; 15:13; 29:15).To serve or worship Jehovah requires obeying all his commandments, to do his will as someone who is exclusively devoted to him (Gen 19:5; 5Gen 30:15-20; Jos 24:14, 15). Therefore, if a person participates in any rite or act of worship for any other gods, it means that he gives up true worship (Gen 11:13-17; Ri 3:6, 7).

Another Hebrew term that can refer to worship is hischtachawah. This word means primarily “bending down” (Gen 18:2) or “paying homage”.(See HULDIGUNG.) If such a bending served from time to time only as a gesture of respect or polite observance of another person (Gen 19:1, 2; 33:1-6; 37:9, 10), it could also be an expression of worship by which a man has his reverence for God. and showed his gratitude to him, as well as his submission to his will. Related to the true God or false deities, hischtachawah is sometimes associated with a sacrifice and a prayer (Gen 22:5-7; 24:26, 27; Isa 44:17).This indicates that it was customary to bow down when praying or offering sacrifices. (See GEBET.)

The Hebrew root ßagh’dh (Isa 44:15, 17, 19; 46:6) means first and foremost “to slay down”; the Aramaic equivalent is usually associated with worship (Da 3:5-7, 10-15, 18, 28), but in Daniel 2:46 refers to the homage offered by King Nebuchadnezzar Daniel when he bowed down before the prophet.

The Greek verb latreuo (Luk 1:74; 2:37; 4:8; Acts 7:7) and latréia (Jn 16:2; Rom 9:4) do not merely denote the offering of an ordinary, profane service, but the offering of holy service.

The Greek verb proskyné is pretty much the same as the Hebrew term hischtachawah; both express the idea of homage and sometimes worship.The term proskynéis is used in conjunction with the homage that a slave places on a king (Mat 18:26), and also in connection with the act of worship, which was the condition under which Satan wanted to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (Mat 4:8, 9). If Jesus had worshipped the devil, it would have been a sign of submission to Satan, and Jesus would have made himself his servant.But Jesus refused and said, “Go away, Satan! For it is written, “Jehova, your God, you shall worship [a form of the Greek verb proskyné’ or “Jehovah.”in the report in 5. Moses, from whom Jesus quoted, of the Hebrew verb hischtachawh, and to him alone you shall offer holy service [a form of the Greek verb latreua, respectively.of the Hebrew ‘avédh‘ ‘ (Mat 4:10; 5M 5:9; 6:13).Likewise, the worship of the “wild beast” and its “image” — that is, to pay homage to it or bow down before him — is linked to service, because what makes worshippers as supporters of the “wild beast” and its “image” is that they are either on the hand (which they use to help the or on the forehead (visible to all). Since the “wild beast” receives its power from the devil, the worship of the “wild beast” actually means that one worships or serves the devil (Rev 13:4, 15-17; 14:9-11).

Other Greek words related to worship are derived from eusebé, thr’skeu’ and sébomai.The verb eusebé’ means “acting in fear of God” or “worship, honor”.(See GOD’S DEVOTION.) Acts 17:23 use this term in relation to the devotion to God or veneration that the men of Athens have shown to an “unknown God.” The noun thr skéia is derived from thr’skeué, by which one understands a “form of worship” that can be true or false (Acts 26:5; Col 2:18).True worship practiced by Christians was characterized by genuine care for the poor and by complete separation from the godless world (Jn 1:26, 27). The Verb sébomai (Mat 15:9; Mar 7:7; Acts 18:7; 19:27) and the related term seb zomai (Rom 1:25) means “honor, worship, worship”.Objects of worship or worship are referred to by the noun sébasma (Acts 17:23; 2th 2:4).Two other terms are derived from the same verbal tribe and have as the prefix Thes (God): theoseb’s, which means “worshipping God, fearing God” (Jn 9:31), and theosébeia, which denotes “worship of God” (1Ti 2:10).The German word “god-worship” has a similar meaning to these two terms.

Adoration, the for God acceptable is. Jehovah God accepts only the worship of those who live in harmony with His will (Mat 15:9; Mar 7:7).To a Samaritan woman, Christ Jesus said, “The hour is coming when you will not worship the Father on this mountain [Gerisim nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know . . . Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth; for indeed, the Father seeks such as his worshippers. God is a GEIST, and those who worship him must worship Him with Spirit and Truth” (Jn 4:21-24).

The words of Jesus clearly show that true worship does not depend on the presence or use of visible objects or geographical places.Instead of relying on his vision or touch, the true worshipper exercises faith and shows an awe-inspiring attitude, regardless of a place or the things that surround him. Thus he worships God not with the help of any object he can see or feel, but with spirit. Since he has the truth as it has been revealed to him by God, his worship is in accordance with the truth. As someone who has come to know God through the Bible and through the obvious effectiveness of the Spirit of God in his life, the one who worships with spirit and truth undoubtedly ‘knows what he worships’.

HP (variable)

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