Is it Okay to Worship Yeshua (Jesus)?

Apr 24, 2015 | General |

Among the many passages of the New Testament that presents Yeshua as being the object of “worship” is Matthew 14:33.

Mt 14:33
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Here we have a clear example of many in the New Testament which shows Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) being “worshiped,” yet as in this example those worshiping him did not worship him as The Eternal God. In the versse just quoted note that he was being honored as the Son of God, which to them actually meant that they recognized him as Messiah or as an empowered, fully righteous agent (completed tzaddik) of the Almighty God.

Nowhere do I even suggest that Messiah should not be worshiped. Nevertheless, because of their bias and often defective mental capacity, most “God in the flesh” Messiah promoters of a false God slander those like myself by claiming that we oppose worship of Messiah. They are liars.

I firmly and unhesitatingly state that Yeshua the Messiah is indeed worthy of all honor, respect, and glory since such reverence is desired of the Eternal Creator God towards the one He has anointed as His Chosen One and Messiah, Yeshua. However no one, not even Messiah, should ever be given the uniquely supreme and most exalted level of worship that is reserved for only The Eternal Creator God – the same One and Only God that Yeshua himself worshiped as God.

In other words, Messiah should definitely be the object of worship but NOT as The Creator God.

Sadly, most people within the domain of Christianity and counterfeit Messianism automatically assume that when Messiah is worshiped that it proves he is God. An example of this faulty understanding is illustrated by the following email I received from a typically deceived individual. For the purposes of discussoin I will identify the person using an alias. I will call the individual Sam.

I informed Sam that worshiping Messiah as God is idolatry and the worship of a false God, which it is. That is the reason for the reference to idolatry in his email.

Notice the obvious and common incorrect assumption that “worship” of Messiah means that he is “God in the flesh”. I will include necessary clarifying comments within parenthesis and in (red) text. I also place in bold text those words which illustrate how this person wrongly presses the assumption that “worship” of Messiah equals “worship” of God and, therefore, allegedly proves he is “God in the flesh”.

(The email begins with a quote from John 5:23)… (23) That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. (Note that the Son is “sent”, a fact which itself provides evidence that he is not God since the one who sent him was God. Common sense dictates that the one sending and one being sent are two separate and distinct characters.)

Ask me again why I worship the Son. I worship the Son because John, the Evangelist tells me to do it. (I never asked why he worships the son and don’t know how he thinks I did.)

You do not listen to him (John) that is why in fact you do not worship the Father because it is clear that if you do not worship the Son you do not worship the Father. (I do worship Yeshua the Messiah – the son.)

You call me the idolater. I am the idolater together with twenty elders because they also worship the Son. (Some sarcasm used here. Sam does not actually consider himself an idolater even though he is since he worship a false “God in the flesh” Deity.)

(Sam quotes from Revelation 5:6-14. I will include the context of the verses which he does not quote.


4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.)
6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Note the following verse. I will discuss it below.) (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (8) And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (9) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (11) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four [and] twenty elders fell down and worshiped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Bruce, can you see it? Even elders fell down before the Lamb! There is only one explanation: they must have lost their mind or they worship their God, Saviour, the Lamb.

First a brief side note:

I have no problem whatsoever with the passages Sam provided since, contrary to Sam’s opinion, those very passages from the apostle John’s Revelation actually prove Messiah is not God! In fact, I use them in my own discussions as supportive evidence proving that very thing. However, since there had already been a series of emails which plainly indicated that Sam refused to view or listen to any material that would prove him wrong, I did not waste my time pointing this fact out with further communication. Sam had already proven himself to be completely unwilling to sincerely discuss the issue. Sam’s mind was welded shut. As is usually the case, Sam would not even look at the evidence I provide on the site – a fact I had already determined from his previous emails.

You would be surprised how often this refusal to consider that they are wrong occurs among the man-God idolaters. It is the standard situation among those who email to express their differences with my opinions. It is rare for most who wrongly believe Messiah to be “God in the flesh” to even spend the time required to read a single article, and in many cases they they do not even scan the article titles and descriptions.

The minds of most “God in the flesh” idolaters are totally blinded by their bias. It is very sad. This is worsened by the fact that most such correspondence reveals a fundamental lack of even the most basic knowledge of Scripture and always reveals a lack of knowledge of Torah. (When I say Torah I am referring to the actual Hebraic based Torah which should never be confused with the false Christianized “torah” spewed forth from self anointed counterfeit Messianic “rabbis.”)

Why do I say that Sam’s email actually provides proof that Messiah is not God? Well, I will not delve into the topic in detail since it is not the subject of this discussion. I will simply provide a brief explanation of why and will leave it to you to review in detail the context of those verses if you wish to pursue it further.

Briefly, using the verses from Revelation which Sam provided along with those I provide to establish the context it is very easy to see that the One seated on the thrown and the Lamb are two distinct characters within John’s vision. Furthermore, it is obvious that the One seated upon the throne is definitely not the Lamb. The One on the throne represented The Eternal Creator, a fact established from the Rev. 4:11. The “Lamb” had yet to even enter the vision and was, therefore, not on the throne.

You will note also that the Lamb “took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”, thus proving further that the One on the throne is not the Lamb and, therefore, that the Lamb is not the God who in vision was seated on that throne. The passages from that area of the New Testament are packed with proof that the One on the throne is separate and distinct from the Lamb. I assist in your finding such proof through the use of bold text within what was quoted from Revelation. This is yet one of many such New Testament examples which show distinction between the One and Only True God and His Chosen One, Yeshua the Messiah. This is easy for anyone to see who possesses basic skills in reading and comprehension.

Thus, my point is proven that the very verses used by Sam to allegedly prove Messiah’s deity actually provides evidence for the opposite by showing quite directly that the “Lamb” was not the One seated on the thrown, which represents God within the vision.

Such an oversight is an excellent example of how often the very verses used by the man-God idolaters actually destroy the arguments they wish to make. Unfortunately, the deception is so deep and the bias so profound that usually such people are literally incapable seeing the defects within their arguments even when the defects are right before their eyes. The very “proofs” they supply directly reveal the inadequacy of their arguments.

It is truly astounding how such people fail to notice the glaring clear facts within their own alleged “proof passages” that contradicts the points they wish to make and that often proves the very opposite of what they think is proven. You would be surprised how often this occurs. The Satanic deception of the “God in the flesh” idolatry very often makes ignoramuses out of those who accept.

I will not get back to the point of this article which is to prove how “worship” of Messiah does not equate to “worship” of God. Therefore, I wish to draw your attention back to Sam’s closing remark from the email I quoted above where he stated:

” … Bruce, can you see it? Even elders fell down before the Lamb! There is only one explanation: they must have lost their mind or they worship their God, Saviour, the Lamb. …”

Only one explanation? I think not.

The incorrect assumption Sam makes and that is also made by all other “God in the flesh” idolaters is that “worship” of Messiah (the “Lamb” in this example) allegedly proves that he is God. You will note that Sam repeatedly implies that “worship” of Messiah proves this, and I have placed in bold text all of Sam’s references to “worship” which he thinks lends support to his faulty argument.

Well, Sam is very wrong. His assumption proves nothing except his ignorance and blindness to truth even when the truth is staring him in the face.

Although many think the term “worship” is only applicable to God, in fact the term relates to showing reverence even to a fellow man.  The “Deity worship” understanding Christian and counterfeit Messianic teachers apply to situations where Yeshua was shown reverence is often an intentional attempt to bias and misinform since they often know that the Biblical term rendered in English as “worship” does not necessarily refer to worship of God

As the Strong’s Lexicon points out, the Greek term is simply “used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank.” Note that is says “men” (a plural term) and “beings,” also a plural term.

Quoting from the Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon for the Greek term rendered “worship”:

        Strong’s Number 4352,

proskunevw

    [proskuneo /pros·koo·neh·o/] v. From 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); TDNT 6:758; TDNTA 948; GK 4686; 60 occurrences; AV translates as “worship” 60 times.

  1. to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence.
  2. among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence.
  3. in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication.
    • used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank.
    • to the Jewish high priests.
    • to God.
    • to Christ.
    • to heavenly beings.
    • to demons.

So, we clearly see that “worship” most certainly is not limited to worship of God.  It is irrefutable!  In fact, the term can even apply to “worship” of demons. If we apply the common misunderstanding of those who use “worship” as proof that Messiah is God, then we should likewise view demons as “God!” But of course, as with so many other examples of their arguments, they use a double standard and abandon consistency and common sense.

The often referenced instances of Yeshua being “worshiped” by Trinitarians and others who think he is The Eternal God is typical example of their desperation to find any shred of proof for their unsubstantiated and false doctrine.  They force the Greek word to mean what is not necessarily the correct meaning.  This is another example of the biased use of “implicit” proofs by those promoting the mystery Babylon man-God of Christianity and counterfeit Messianics.

The reference, A Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains: Hebrew (Old Testament), by James Swanson, defines the Hebrew word often translated “worship” as – “take a stance of bowing low in an act of respect or honor, but not necessarily worship of deity” (Genesis 43:28).  The reference in Genesis is:

Genesis 43:28 – 28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

Or from the JPS Tanakh:

Genesis 43:28 – 28 They replied, “It is well with your servant our father; he is still in good health.” And they bowed and made obeisance.
Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.

This term “obeisance” is from the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek term used in the verse from Matthew shown above, as well as most other New Testament verses where “worship” is the translation.  From Strong’s Lexicon we determine the Hebrew term to mean:

Strong’s Number 7812, shachah, {shaw-khaw’} a primitive root; TWOT – 2360; v,

AV – worship 99, bow 31, bow down 18, obeisance 9, reverence 5, fall down 3, themselves 2, stoop 1, crouch 1, misc 3; 172

  1. to bow down
  2. to depress
  3. to bow down, prostrate oneself
    • before a superior in homage
    • before God in worship
    • before false gods
    • before an angel

Note, the term can refer to “worship” of false gods.  Of course, this “false gods” form is precisely the type worship practiced by Trinitarians and all others who promote the deception that Messiah is God.

Obviously, the context of Genesis is not referring to worship of God.  It records Joseph’s brothers “worshiping” him (obeisance) as someone of much higher rank.  Are Trinitarians prepared to claim that everyone in Scripture that was “worshiped” is YHVH (God)?  Since Joseph was “worshiped” do they also claim he is God?

Actually, Joseph’s life has astounding similarities to the work of Messiah Yeshua.  He was a “type” of Messiah, and his life was a preview for similar events that would occur in the life of Messiah Yeshua.

There are numerous examples of “worship” found in Scripture. All one has to do is perform a word search on the Hebrew and Greek terms that are rendered as “worship” or other similar renderings and the fact is proven. So, unless those who ignorantly consider the term “worship” to be a mystical code word to identify God wish to also claim that the other “worshiped” individuals, demons, or false gods within Scripture are also “God”, then they must submit to the truth which they so stubbornly wish to oppose. “Worship” of Messiah does NOT in any way imply that he is “God in the flesh”.

The point is clearly made beyond dispute that use of the term “worship” in the context of Messiah being honored does not prove him to be God. I hope this finally silences those who utilize the embarrassingly weak argument that Yeshua being worshiped “proves” he is God.

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