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Worship Vs. Obeisance

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Worship Vs. Obeisance

Postby Matunaagd » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:24 am

What is the difference between worship and obeisance. They come from the same Greek word proskuneo. In Acts 10: 24-26 Peter refuses obeisance because "he to is a man" He must have known the truth and felt that he was being worshipped.
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Worship Vs. Obeisance

Postby Roselin » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:00 am

What is the difference between worship and obeisance. They come from the same Greek word proskuneo. In Acts 10: 24-26 Peter refuses obeisance because "he to is a man" He must have known the truth and felt that he was being worshipped.
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Worship Vs. Obeisance

Postby jorian23 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:21 am

Hello Timothy,

"Love" is a very general word, is it not? It is an umbrella over many other activities, words, and feelings. Under this word may be sacrifice, longing, warmth, generosity, loyalty, etc.

It is the same way with the word "worship".

"Worship" is the umbrella word that covers all the forms that worship may take...

Sacrifice, devotion, submission, honor, obedience, duty, seeking approval of, etc.

Although these two words(worship,obeisance) are brothers, we do see how one is an umbrella to the other.

Obeisance is the form of worship that contains the action of obedience.

Clearly knowing the place of obedience in our worship is vital.

Just as police ideally represent the Law of the Land, and as such we rightly obey them; we obey them because of their being representatives of that Law's authority. We do not obey them because they don a uniform and command it. For, any man can do that. We obey them because we recognize their authority as being backed by the Law. If these very men would break the Law, get fired, and cease being true representatives of it; our obligation to obey them would cease. For, it was only the Law that gave them their previous authority. The authority was not innate within the men themselves.

In the same way with our worship... We should not worship men by obeying those who stand on their own authority. We are only to give that form of worship to God himself. Only God has the authority to command either obedience(obeisance), or worship. However, if men are presenting God's Laws in truth, then we are under obligation to obey God's Law. In this case, we would be in harmony with those presenting it. We would naturally be in harmony with those who ask such obedience to God, from us. By heeding such men, we are obeying God...and therefore, our obedience and worship is going to God, even though we are heeding the direction of both God, and the men who speak in harmony with God. We recognize the authority of the Law, as represented in those men.

So, although we may obey God and the men who represent him, at the same time; we are never obeying men independent of God. To avoid this serious mistake, we must always make certain that all we obey, is from God and not men. For, as with the police, any authority to direct must be based on the authority of God. Otherwise, if we obey those without Law, we are worshiping men.

Romans 6:16:

"Do YOU not know that if YOU keep presenting yourselves to anyone as slaves to obey him, YOU are slaves of him because YOU obey him, either of sin with death in view or of obedience with righteousness in view?

We clearly see here, that we become slaves to those whom we obey. Our only Masters, must be God and Christ. It says that obeying(slaving) for anyone else, is a sin(with death in view).

Now, consider the following scriptures:

1Cor.7:23:

"YOU were bought with a price; stop becoming slaves of men.

Gal. 1:10:

Is it, in fact, men I am now trying to persuade or God? Or am I seeking to please men? If I were yet pleasing men, I would not be Christ’s slave.

(So not only obeying men is wrong...even seeking to please them, is.)

Col. 3:24:

"for YOU know that it is from Jehovah YOU will receive the due reward of the inheritance. SLAVE for the Master, Christ.

Do men have the power to give everlasting life or immortality? Some of them, think they do! [and they expect others to act(and worship) accordingly!]

Any true worshiper of God, would never expect the obedience of others, for themselves. They would only hope that others would show their obedience to God, his Word, and his Laws.

I hope this answers your question.

Thank you,

Pearl  
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