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John 4:23, 24

As shown at John 4:23, 24,

What Worship Does God Accept?

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23, 24) In this study we will be looking at the way we are to worship God, and to see what is acceptable to him. There are a lot of religions that teach on how to worship. But what is the right way?

We should render to God worship is due to him. There is a song that I believe comes from Revelation 5:13 that says, “salvation and honor and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth on the throne and unto the Lamb forever an ever.” What a glories passage in the Bible. We have all reason to sing to him and to worship our heavenly Father.

What is interesting is that God has placed in us a desire to worship. Whatever that is. But everyone has the desire to worship something or someone.

Recorded at John chapter 4, there was a Samaritan woman that went to draw water. Let us take a look at what Jesus spoke to her about. “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” John 4:7-31.

 

It was the woman that said that they were to worship in the mountain and the Jew’s said to worship in Jerusalem. Jesus replied and said that it didn’t matter where she or anyone worshipped. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23, 24) So we are to worship in the Spirit and Truth. That it doesn’t matter where we worship.

 

But many people worship in places where they have been told they have to worship but where are we suppose to worship and learn about God? Where was worship first started? Does Babylon the Great represent and have in common with false worship.

 

I bet you by know you want to know where all these religions came from? Right! Well have you ever heard of Babylon the Great? It is the World Empire of false religion, embracing all religions whose teachings and practices do not conform to the true worship of God, the only true God. Following the flood of Noah’s day, false religion had its beginning at Babel (later known as Babylon). We read in Genesis 10:8-10, “ And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” (KJV) In time, Babylonish religious beliefs and practices spread to many lands. So Babylon the Great became a fitting name for false religion as a whole.

 

How is God a different then other god? Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” –John 17:3.  Going back to John 4 it says, “his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” “God is Spirit” therefore we must worship him in Sprit and in Truth. The word “worship” in Greek (proskuneo [#4352] ô) means, “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. (Strong’s Concordance) God does not reveal his form because of His power is so magnificence and brilliance are so great that the human eyes could not endure his sight. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” -Exodus 33:20

 

We can admire why God maintains his invisibility if we realize that it is more important to know the personality and qualities of a person than merely to view his appearance. For God wants his worshipers to worship him with spirit and truth. (John 4:23) Why should we claim that the great majestic God Jehovah, the Spirit, bring himself into the range of our eyes to believe in him? It is not because of our way of an image or the appearance of any form that God’s worshipers serve him. It is because they love righteousness, and because of his qualities of righteousness, love, wisdom and justice.

 

In order to get a view what Babylon worshipped and how it is compared to God, Please view the following:

 

Their gods: There were triads of gods, and among their divinities were those representing various forces of nature and ones that exercised special influence in certain activities of mankind. (Babylonian and Assyrian Religion, Norman, Okla.; 1963, S. H. Hooke, pp. 14-40) [5] “The Platonic trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches … This Greek philosopher’s [P1ato’s] conception of the divine trinity…  Can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions.”-Nouveau Dictionnaire Universal (Paris, 1865-1870), edited by M. Lachatre, Vol. 2, p. 1467.56]

 

Use of images: “[In Mesopotantian religion] the role of the image was central in the cult as well as in private worship, as the wide distribution of cheap replicas of such images shows Fundamentally, the deity was considered present in its image if it showed certain specific features and paraphernalia and was cared for in the appropriate manner.-Ancient Mesopotamia-Portrait of a Dead Civilization (Chicago, 1964), A. L. Oppenheim, p. 184. [7]

 

Belief regarding death: “Neither the people nor the leaders of religious thought Fin Babylon] ever faced the possibility of the total annihilation of what once was called into existence. Death was a passage LO another kind of 1ife.”-The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, p. 556. [8]

 

Position of the priesthood: “The distinction between

priest and layman is characteristic of this [Babylonian] religion.-Encyclopeadia Britannica (1948), Vol. 2, p. 861. [9]

 

Practice astrology, divination, magic, and sorcery:

Historian A. H. Sayce writes: “[In] the religion of ancient Babylonia…every object and force of nature was supposed to have its zi or spirit, who could be controlled by the magical exorcisms or the Shaman, or sorcerer-priest.” (The History of Nations, New York, 1928, Vol. I, p. 96) [10] The “The Chaldeans [Babylonians] made great progress in the study of astronomy through an effort to discover the future in the stars. This art we call ‘astrology.'” -The Dawn of Civilization and Life in the Ancient East (Chicago1938), R.M. Engberg, p. 230. [11]