false worship can teach us about true worship

26 08 2009

One of the problems with finding a definition from the Bible on “worship” is that there is no verse that says, “Worship is…” In order to build a good argument to support my definition I will write a few blogs on specific words translated “worship.”

(I must add that recent discussion has made me reconsider my definition, and I will add another post with changes to the definition in the near future.)

The first word I will break down is the Aramaic word sĕgid. It is translated “to worship or honor” and is only found in chapter three of Daniel.

Interestingly, chapter three is about false worship, but the image is very clear.  NASB, ESV and NKJV translate the word “worship.” Most instances in this chapter are connected with other words “fall down and worship” or “worship/serve your/my god.”

Serving someone often places a person in a humble position. It also communicates that the person or object is worthy of being served. Falling down before someone is a helpless position and communicates that the person may have control over the prostrate one.

The motivation for worship was was out of fear from being punished by the ruler. Can we say they had a heart of worship? No, it was more likely just an act of worship.

Daniel 3 shows connection between worship with servitude, and giving honor and respect. Also as we read verse 12 the act of worship was a specific action. It was not a lifestyle.

What we learn from this passage is that worship includes an act of submission.

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