INTRODUCTION: WORSHIP – The Hebrew word “ABODAH” means “Labor, work, ministry, or service.”(II Kings 10:19-23)The word “SHACHAH” (used over 100 times) means “the specific act of worship; to bow, prostrate oneself; proceed humbly.”(Gen. 22:5; Ps. 22:27; 66:4)One Greek word is “LATREUO” (servitude; state of a slave; service of God in general”) and another is “PROSKUNEO” (‘to prostrate oneself; to bow down; to adore; to worship”)The former is in Matt. 4:10; Acts 26:7; Rm. 1:25; Phil. 3:3; and the latter is in Matt. 2:2; 4:9; Jn. 4:20-24; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 4:10.In general, all of our life-style is to be worship. (Js. 1:27)Specifically, we worship when we humble ourselves before Him and are prostrate in reverence and awe and adoration.The old English word is WORTHSHIP which has been defined as something of VALUE transported to and given to God.Better yet, it is His value and worth and Person that we worship.
RIGHTEOUSNESS – The Greek word “DIKAIOSNUNE” is “the character or quality of being right or just.”It is that part of the nature of the Jesus which is the righteousness of God in the believer.Justified by faith through His blood, we are given the righteousness of God and a right standing in God.Then, in our daily living, this righteousness becomes functional and is demonstrated in right living as it worked out in us. (Rm. 1:16-17; 3:22; 10:3; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 4:24; Phil. 3:9)So, to attempt to worship God without the nature of righteousness working in our lives is to offend God.
v. 21 – I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
v. 22 – Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beast.
v. 23 – Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of the viols.
v. 24 – But let judgment fun down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
v. 25 – Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of ?
v. 26 – But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch* and Chiun* you images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
v. 27 – Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
*Moloch – Sun God, Hollow, with the head of an ox with outstretched human arms.Children were
sacrificed to this god.
*Chiun – Saturn, called Remphan in Acts 7:43.Star god of
Babylon .Israelites carried small images,
imitating their neighbors, the Moabites and Ammorites.
*Abomination – disgusting, detesting
*Worship – to kiss; adore (pros-koo-neh’-o - Ex. 34:14)
*Righteousness - uprightness; character or quality of being right or just
Prov. 14:34 – Righteousness* exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Luke 16:15 – And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your
hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination* is the sight of God.
Prov. 15:8 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
v.9 – The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after
20:23 – Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.
21:27 – The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
28:9 – He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.