Picture this: an overbearing obstacle presents itself. It is so overwhelming, that your mind is preoccupied to ensure to over that particular hurdle that’s affecting the quality of life and emotional distress that you’re going through. Regardless of where you go or whom you speak to, it seems as if though there’s no possible solution.
Now picture this. A person walks into your life and with a quick call, that obstacle that you once experienced is completely out of your life. The alleviation is so great, that it’s comparable to a stream of water coursing thoroughly throughout your entire body. The relief causes you to fall on your knees and cry out of the sheer liberation from such a heavy burden. The only thing that you have to offer your aid is a heartfelt gratitude with a simple statement, “Thank you. Thank you ever so kindly.” Then, you take the person’s hand, kiss it and express your sincere gratitude.
That is what it’s like to worship Messiah Yeshua.
Compared to the description that was just given, the Bible accounts of a blind man’s expressions when his sight was fully restored to him. Never mind the frustrations he has undergone in dealing with the daily routines of life. Immediately after he regained his sight, his accusers made him feel guilty by stipulating that the one who recovered his sight was a sinner! In the midst of the entire dilemma, Yeshua reveals himself to the once blind man, and the following conversation occurs.
35 […] “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” 37 “You have seen him,” Yeshua said,“and he is speaking to you!” 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And the man who was cured from his blindness worshiped Yeshua (John 9:35-8, NLT).
Take notice what the verse says. It says, “And he worshiped Yeshua” (John 9:38b).
For quite some time, I was under this strong impression that the Brit Chadashah (i.e., The New Testament) discouraged Bible enthusiasts from worshipping Yeshua. Why? Because of several biblical accounts, but more specifically that which I’ve read in the Book of Revelations.
“Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, ‘No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of Elohim, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Yeshua. Worship only Elohim. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Yeshua (Revelations 19:10, NLT).
“But he said, ‘No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of Elohim, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only Elohim!’” (Revelations 22:9, NLT).
I’ve reasoned for quite some time that Torah provided us with a mitzvah (i.e., commandment) of only rendering exclusive worship to the Heavenly Father. However, it was not a mitzvah (i.e., commandment). It was simply an instruction that true servants who fear Elohim gave to those who were weaker in the faith: “You must worship only יהוה your Elohim. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies” (2 Kings 17:39, NLT). Later on, I came to appreciate the value of worshipping Messiah.
1) The leprous man petitioned Yeshua to make him clean (Matthew 8:2-4).
2) The congregational leader worshiped Yeshua and asked for his daughter’s life (Matthew 9:18-26).
3) Yeshua’s disciples worshiped Messiah after witnessing Yeshua walk on water (Matthew 14:22-33).
4) A gentile woman asked for her daughter’s deliverance from a demonic possession (Matthew 15:21-8).
5) Celestial beings are also said to be worshipping Messiah (reference Revelations 5:14), which this study will discuss.
As a result of these compelling biblical verses, I had to accept the idea that the Heavenly Father allows for Yeshua to receive homage. Why did I have to accept this idea? Simply because the Heavenly Father instructed it: “And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, Elohim said, ‘Let all of Elohim’s angels (or messengers) worship the Son’” (Hebrews 1:6, NLT). In other words, we are to allow for those who claim to be Elohim’s messengers to worship or pay homage that is due to the Son for all that he has done, all that he is doing, and all that he is going to do on our behalf.
11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” 14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb (Revelations 5:11-4).
In other words, we read about how both earthly and celestial beings worshiped Messiah.
Did I by chance find instances where worshipping Messiah was inappropriate? Of course! In Yeshua’s own parable, he taught that it was inappropriate for a wicked servant to worship the King (reference Matthew 18:23-35). The Brit Chadashah also accounts of another instance when worshiping the Son is inappropriate, and that is when the conditions of the worshipper’s heart is not in its proper place as well as when it’s with the intent purpose of mocking Yeshua as the Roman soldiers did during Yeshua’s earthly torment (reference Mark 15:16-20).
With this, I would like to conclude my thoughts on the matter. There are instances when it’s inappropriate to worship Messiah Yeshua just as much as there are instances where worshipping Yeshua is very appropriate. As a worship who tries to imitate King David, I would have to say that this is a matter for us to think about, ponder, reflect, and exercise in its appropriate time and season.
In short, I'd like to conclude with these words. Do not allow anyone to discourage you from rendering the proper homage that is due to the Lamb. There’s plenty of biblical passages that support the act as being sound and acceptable to the Heavenly Father. If the celestial beings are doing it, so too will all knee bow and every will confess that Yeshua Hu Adon.
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