“They Worshipped Him”
By Kyle Pope
Notice with me an enlightening verse
found in Matthew 28:9. After the resurrection of the Messiah the women who went
to the tomb encounter the risen Lord. The text reads - “And as they
went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,
‘Rejoice!’ And they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped
Him” (NKJV). How does this match our image of worship to
God? Do we conceive of humbling ourselves to the degree that we would fall on
our face, grasping His feet?
Scripture it is not unusual to find worship described in this way. In
Revelation 3:9 the Lord speaks of punishing the rebellious Jews of Philadelphia
by making them - “...come and worship before your (i.e.
the saints in Philadelphia’s) feet...” In Acts 10:25
the Bible records that when Cornelius first saw Peter, he – “...met
him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him.” Finally,
Revelation 22:8 tells us that after all the glories of the book of Revelation
were revealed to him, the Apostle John – “...fell down to
worship before the feet of the angel...” who had
shown these things to him.
connection so frequently found between feet and “worship” is
understandable. The Greek word which is translated “worship,” proskuneo
means literally “to kiss towards.” (Thayer, pg. 548). To men
and women in ancient times (as in eastern countries to this day) bowing
prostrate before a ruler, or in reverence to deity were accepted practices. The
picture is that of bowing before the feet of the one being worshipped and
kissing their feet in homage and submission.
approaching the Lord with this attitude when we worship Him? Imagine kneeling
down in our nice suits and Sunday dresses, putting our face to the ground
stretching our hands out, as we lay ourselves flat on the floor in front of the
Lord grasping His feet and kissing them in humble gratitude and submission. It
would certainly be difficult to cling to any kind of selfish pride or vanity in
such a condition. I’m afraid our culture is not even prepared to allow
such an attitude without ridicule and scorn if such humility were demonstrated.
I am not
convinced that the Scriptures ask us to physically prostrate ourselves before
the Lord when we approach Him in worship. However, I do believe that we must
have the disposition in approaching Him that in our mind “falls
down” before Him with the same kind of self-abasement we would possess if
we physically did so. That isn’t timidity, but recognition of God’s
superiority and our frailty. How will this kind of disposition show itself?
• In a desire to fully and
completely obey Him.
• In an interest in His
• In an effort to worship Him
• In a willingness to seek
authority for our deeds.
• In a readiness to deny our
In I Corinthians 14:25 we
are told what a great effect our teaching and disposition can have upon
unbelievers. The Lord would have our assemblies to be such that when an
unbeliever visits among us, after being convinced of the truths preached they
will feel compelled to imitate our worship. The text tells us that when such a
person realizes that their heart lies open to God, after - “falling
down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among
you.” Let us strive to make our worship to God like that.