I bet you are trying to figure the title out, am I right? Read on …
Satan now takes Jesus to the top of a mountain and says if Jesus bows down to him, he will give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus says to satan:
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[a]”
Again, Jesus is taking himself backward to Deuteronomy 6:13:
Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
The first think I noticed is how different the words ‘worship’ and ‘fear’ seem to me. We will come back to this thought.
Could it be Jesus was thinking back to this part of the scriptures in Deuteronomy:
“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules[a]—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, …
10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. …
And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers 19 by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised. (ESV)
What would satan have to offer Jesus that God had not already promised? At that, satan left.
After a little research, I can now see where this is one of those times it seems the translation is really lost in the choices made for the translated word.
If we look at the original language, here is what we see:
(Deut 6:13) H3372 – יָרֵא – yârê’ – yaw-ray’
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten: – affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful), (put in) fear (-ful, -fully, -ing). (be had in) reverence (-end), X see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).
(Mat 4:10) G4352 προσκυνέω – proskuneō – pros-koo-neh’-o
From G4314 and probably a derivative of G2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): – worship.
Does worship in your mind convey all of what you read above? It doesn’t for me. When we see modern day churches using the word worship, is this what you think of? Worship does not have to do with singing songs or praying. Church’s aren’t using the word wrong, we are picturing the word wrong. A night of worship is a night of sitting at our master’s feet, anticipating his attention, fully focused on him. But it isn’t supposed to be something we do once a week or once a month. Worship is an everyday way of life.
I don’t think God intends for us to be so afraid of him we hide from him. It seems the message here is to be in awe. Think of the most famous person you would like to meet, would you just walk right up to them, stick out your hand, and confidently say, “Hi there! Great to meet you. How you doing?” I don’t think so. You would probably be shaking a little, if not on the outside, at least on the inside.
Kind of like when you ride a roller coaster, afraid, excited, and thrilled all at the same time.
A dog – think about how a dog is to it’s owner. Can you see yourself like that with God? This would be an obedient dog. One where the master says sit, and they sit. Fetch and they fetch. One that is watching, waiting, anticipating the next command from his master. Is that how you are with God?
Worship/Fear and serve God only … because Jesus said so.
This is one I need to work on, how about you?