I found it interesting there are various words used for the definition of “worship”. Sadly, our English language is not as well suited for understanding the significance or contextual meaning, such as the many words used in Greek for the simple English word, “love”.
Are you aware, in Latin, the word “worship” is “cultus”? This is the major one; however, there are an additional fourteen words! So, the next time someone tells you that you are a member of a “cult”, be thankful, well, provided you are truly worshipping, and they see you as doing so, otherwise, the other meaning of being involved in a cult, the negative connotation is also true. How many Christians are truly “cultist” or “cultic” which has no meaning “thinking” they are doing what is proper? So, their worship is in vain, just as Christ told them it would be.
Now, getting back to “worship”. I found it interesting when discussing Revelation 13:12:
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
Refers, prophetically speaking, when the United States will legislate laws demanding, coercing and forcing Protestants to “worship” the first beast, which is Rome, more specifically, “papal” (pope) Rome. In other words, the United States will create laws which will go against their Constitution and will tell people how to worship, when to worship and who to worship. This is understood to be the “Mark of the Beast”, which is when it is legislated to hold all congregational worship on Sunday, the first day of the week instead of Saturday, the Bible Sabbath.
The word “worship” in this verse is the Greek word, “proskueno” of which the root of the word is “kueno” when translated in English is to “kiss”. This explains the “oriental” custom which is seen in Islam why they bow to the ground, touching their forehead to the ground. It also explains in the Roman Catholic Church to show reverence to the head of that church, the pope, by kissing the ring which is upon his hand, or the other extremes of kissing his feet, or the more dignified manner of kissing both of his cheeks to demonstrate adoration, respect and, well, worship!
God has made it clear in His Commandments. It’s why we do not “bow” down to anyone or anything. It is why we “worship” God on the day HE specified because He said so, and not man, tradition or custom. Satan has made it such a convoluted matter. While many of us are thinking we are worshiping God, the question becomes, “which” god? The true worship of God is distinguished by a particular day as opposed to other gods which are worshiped on Sunday or any other day of the week, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses or Muslims, on Friday.
So, whose feet are you kissing when you worship?
September 3, 2015