“Did you catch it? God tells us that we are not to worship other (false) gods, but what does He ask of us? Is it worship? No! It’s love. In exchange for our love He will grant us His steadfast love. That’s it. That is what He wants. Love. Love is a gift that cannot be demanded of someone. No matter how hard someone may try they cannot compel you to love them. Under threat of death they may be able to force you to prostrate before them, but they cannot force you to love them. This is what God wants, not some type of forced worship, but freely given love.”
Head to Church Set Free for a bunch of different takes on “worship”
In seminary one of our tasks was to do a word study, this was done not so much to teach us how to look for words in Scripture, there are plenty of concordances available, but to get us to explore the various words in Hebrew and Greek, and to compare them to the word the English translator chose as most appropriate. One of these words was worship, שחח (shachah) in Hebrew, προσκυνήσαντες (proskunhsantev) in Greek. In each case the word signifies a deep bow to the ground I found it odd that in every English translation, whether from the Hebrew or Greek, the translation was to “worship” even though the more accurate translation is “prostration”.
A further study reveals that God never commands us to worship Him. Yes, there are plenty of occurrences of worship in Scripture, but if you examine the texts around them it is always from God’s…
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