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1 Chronicles 29:20
Is Jesus worshipped the same way David was?

I wanted to write about this scripture, in case there is any confusion about what is meant by worshipped.  Occasionally Jehovah's Witnesses like to use this scripture to downplay the worship of Jesus, as Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the deity of Jesus, but rather, that he was the archangel Michael.  In other words, they preach a different Jesus 2 Corinthians 11:4.  So they will do anything to try to twist the scriptures to downplay the worship of Christ.

1 Chronicles 29:20 -“And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.

In 1 Chronicles 29, king David had been addressing his people, proclaiming the glory of the LORD, praying to God, blessing Him.  Jehovah's Witnesses like to say that the people worshipped David a the same time as worshipping God, but that as the people worshipped David less than God, so then Jesus can and should be worshipped less than God (as they believe Jesus is a created being and therefore not worthy of worship).  They do this on the basis of the King James translators using the word 'worshipped'.

The word in the Scripture, 'worshipped', is the Hebrew word shâchâh, which means to prostrate, stoop, to pay homage.  It is primarily used in the Old Testament to prostrate in homage to royalty or God, thus, worship is not the term used literally as in worship of David, but rather it is used literally to worship God, but only paying homage to David.  David was not worshipped, he was paid homage, respect and love as their king, to have reverence for, but the worship was for God. 

shâchâh ie prostrate, refl. in homage to royalty and God, to bow down, obeiscance.  Shachah portrays (1) the act of bowing down in homage by an inferior and (1a) before a superior ruler (1 Sa 24:8) and (1b) before a social or economic power to whom one bows (Ruth 2:10). (Strongs Expanded Exhaustive Concordance, Hebrew 7812)

For clarity, using the EXACT same Hebrew word, shâchâh, we can translate the verse as,

And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and paid homage to the LORD, and the king.” 1 Chronicles 29:20

Do people worship the Queen of England?

To illustrate by modern example, in England, people will (and do) bow down to the Queen, and one could use the word shâchâh for this, but to misinterpret this as literally worshipping the Queen in the same way one would do to God, is clearly missing the point and the context.  In the not so distant past, men would bow down to a woman and a woman would curtsey.  People will also bow down to God, but whilst to the others it is to show respect, with God it is to worship. One would not say, "I worshipped a lady.", one would correctly say, "I bowed to a lady", or one would correctly say, "I curtsied to a Queen.", but one would say, "I worshipped God."   Only someone intentionally looking to confuse the meaning of words will try make worship be used the same context as David and God.  Just like English words can have different meanings and contexts, so it is that the Hebrew word shâchâh can have, that is, it's not just worship, it can be respect, homage and reverence also.  One gives homage to a queen, but one worships God.  There was no levels of 'worship' involved for God and David, simply different things - Worship for God, and homage for David.

Furthermore, on the subject of the word 'worshipped' in the Scripture, the Jehovah's Witnesses bible (the New World Tranlsation, NWT) uses the word prostrate rather than worshipped.  So their wicked trickery is even more apparent, because their own bible does not even confuse this passage with a worship of David, their own Bible puts it that neither God nor David were worshipped, but the people prostrated them self "...and bow low and prostrate themselves to Jehovah and to the king," (NWT).  So why would they want to play tricks with the KJV (King James Bible)?

It is sad that such obvious things in terms of the terminology of the word worship in the Bible have to be explained, although even if it is obvious, such is the way when you are dealing with tricksters who will stoop to conscious fraud (Jehovah's Witnesses) to try to promote their lies.  A bad tree cannot bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18).

The Deity of Christ

When it comes to it, regardless of the meaning of the word, the argument of Jehovah's Witnesses would be, should Christ be worshipped the same way as God?  Or shoud Christ simply be shown respect, in the way a man would be.  Not so, because the fact is the Bible is clear that it shows that Jesus is God, as part of the Godhead, Father, Son and Spirit.  So the argument of Jehovah's Witnesses fails once more.

Here are some verses confirming Jesus as God, there are several, but here are just some of the many.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodAnd the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1,14
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God." John 20:28

Satan, through the Jehovah's Witnesses, will continue to try to pervert the Gospel of Truth.  Jehovah's Witnesses are simply wrong, and shining the light of God's word onto their darkness simply exposes it.

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." - John 8:58
Cross referencing this with Exodus 3:14, we see that God refers to His name as I AM.  Jesus is quite clearly saying, I AM.  He is God.
"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." Exodus 3:14

Conclusion

The word worshipped, Hebrew shâchâh, can mean both literal worship as to God, and also respect and homage to a superior, such as a king.  The people worshipped God, and paid respect to David.  In the same way that someone would kneel to the Queen in respect, they will kneel to God in worship.

It is right to worship Jesus as God, because Jesus is God, and the scriptures show it, and the people worshipped Jesus as God, not as they paid homage to David.  Jehovah's Witnesses just try to confuse things to try to puff up their own idea of denying the deity of Christ.

 








9th August 2017

 

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