The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.
-In both Hebrew and Greek, the word worship means to respect, to bow down, to kneel, to prostrate oneself. Worship also means to sacrifice and demonstrate obedience to God which involves submission of our nature to God. Numerous Biblical references have sighted the word worship including: – 1 Chro 16:29 Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness, Exo 20:5 You shall not bow down to idols or worship them, Deut 29:18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison, Ps 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; He is holy, Rom 12:1 I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God for this is your true and proper worship, Rev 4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever, Rev 14:7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”, Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught, Heb 12:28 since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, John 4:23 true worshipers worship in Spirit and in truth etc.
-When Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tempted, the devil offered to give Him all the kingdoms of the world with all their authority and splendor. Jesus’ response brings us to the ultimate reality of His will, that we should worship and serve God alone. Idolatry was prevalent in the Old Testament as it is today where many pagan nations made graven images and worshiped them. These gods are worshiped to provide money, power, fame, leisure, success, food, comfort, marriages, children, better physical appearance, sex, romance among others. God had commanded us to worship Him alone and only believe in Him. Idolatry can also be viewed in many other forms including and not limited to; one being mastered by sexual immorality (1 Cor 6:12), serving money instead of God (Mat 6:24) and other traditional and religious practices. Christ our victorious Redeemer conquered all; not only for Himself but for us all; so that we may have abundant life with Him.
We thank You Jesus for Your love and sacrifice for us that we may receive our eternal inheritance. We worship You alone and give You all the glory and praise. Fill our hearts with wisdom, faith, love and Your holy fear that we may serve You alone. Forgive us all our sins Jesus, sins of our families, friends, forefathers, leaders, nation and cover us with Your precious blood. We humbly ask You Jesus to remove everything in us that is not pleasing to You. Many among us Father are sick and suffering, have mercy on us Lord. Many are jobless, unmarried, childless, depressed and facing diverse challenges, grant us Your grace Lord. There is no other God but You Lord, all glory and majesty belong to You now and forever. Amen
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