Worship of Yeshua

Worship of Yeshua


I’m J.K. McKee, editor of Messianic
Apologetics. If you are new to the channel, be sure to subscribe for future
teachings and updates. How important is worship of Yeshua, witnessed in the
Scriptures, to regarding Yeshua as being genuinely God? The First Commandment
explicitly prohibits the worship of any other deity then the LORD God of Israel
(Exodus 20:3-5; Deuteronomy 5:6-9), meaning that some significant questions
are posed from the Apostolic Scriptures, when it is clear that Yeshua of Nazareth
was venerated by people and various supernatural entities. How are examiners
and readers to view such veneration of Yeshua? Is this to just be some kind of
intensified honor, as could be demonstrated by the ancients toward
various human kings, political leaders, and figures of importance? Or, is the
veneration that Yeshua of Nazareth received, to indeed be regarded as
worship? There are linguistic factors which play into evaluating the
veneration demonstrated toward Yeshua of Nazareth. There is some disagreement
about what the specific Hebrew verb translated “worship” in the First
Commandment, among other key places, actually is, among lexicons,
with the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament favoring the verb chavah, but
it more often is favored to be the verb shachah. Lexically speaking, whether it is
chavah or shachah, the underlying Hebrew can be translated as either “worship” or “bow
down,” depending on whether or not the God of Israel or some pagan deity is being
venerated, or if just honor is being expressed toward another human being. The
Greek equivalent via the Septuagint, which is also employed in the Apostolic
Scriptures, is proskuneō, which in relative totality can mean “worship; fall
down and worship, kneel, bow low, fall at another’s feet,” from the Concise Greek
English Dictionary of the New Testament. The verb proskuneō
can lexically be translated as either “worship” or “bow down,” certainly asking
some important questions concerning how it is employed when veneration or honor
is expressed toward Yeshua of Nazareth, as could be seen in Matthew 2:2, 11; 14:33; and {correction: 28:9}. Those who hold to a high Christology would, for sure, view the
majority of uses of proskuneō in regard to veneration or honor of Yeshua
of Nazareth being regarded as “worship,” and not just some sort of “bowing down.”
This especially concerns Tanach intertextuality, where worship of YHWH is ascribed to Yeshua (Hebrews 1:6 and Psalm 97:7).
If Yeshua is not genuinely God, then to worship Yeshua is to violate the First
Commandment and commit blatant idolatry. Those who hold to a low Christology of
Yeshua of Nazareth being some important human lord or master, and perhaps even a
supernatural agent but ultimately created, would often not consider “worship”
to be ascribed to Yeshua. Where the verb proskuneō
appears in the Apostolic Scriptures in association with honor of Yeshua,
it is widely concluded to only involve people “bowing down” to the Messiah. If you
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