Matthew 4:10 – Serving the Father

About Jonathan Lankford

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Bible with a concentration in missions and intercultural communication. He also earned his Master's in Business Quality Management (MBQPM) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's in Education (MEd) focusing on Administration. He has been an educator since 2007, teaching English and humanities in Vietnamese universities. He currently holds the position of Associate Registrar at Tan Tao University, Vietnam.
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2 Responses to Matthew 4:10 – Serving the Father

  1. tben says:

    Hi Jon
    I just went through the strongs dictionary and that is what i saw

    4352. proskuneo pros-koo-neh’-o from 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965
    1. (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand);
    2. to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively)
    prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):
    3. –worship.

    3000. latreuo lat-ryoo’-o from latris (a hired menial);
    1. to minister (to God), i.e. render religious homage
    2. –serve, do the service, worship(-per).

    You have quoted meaning No 2 for 4352 and Meaning No 1 for 3000 in your notes here
    But it seems to me that they could be synomyn of each other when worship is concern. (Meaning no 3 in the dictionary)

    So how do you differentiate between the two and whats the difference? Are there instances where they could both refer to worship?

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    • Yes, the literal meaning of proskuneo if you break down the word is to kiss toward. Today, we can still see this act done in some cultures like Korea, when children or younger people humble themselves before their parents. For me, it is not merely a sign of submission or respect, but it is a sign of worship. For Koreans in general, perhaps it is only a sign of submission or respect, or perhaps for them it is both depending on the context.

      So you asked a valid question: When is this act considered worship of someone or something? From what I can see in the Scriptures, it is considered worship if there is a religious context to it. But it is only considered submission if there is a political or familial context. One context in which I can see this translated as worship might be when Thomas see Yeshua’s nail holes, falls down and said, “My Lord and my God”. Yeshua did not prohibit him from doing this, which indicates submission to him and even some level of worship is right and holy. But the religious service is reserved for the Father.

      My point in the short word search was not to diminish the glory given to Yeshua, for as he said himself that when the Son is glorified, it brings glory to the Father. My point was to emphasis an often forgotten message, that the Son’s ministry and miracles, and everything he did was the for the glory of the Father, and it is written that people glorified God [i.e. the Father] because of his work and the apostles’ works.

      If we interpret literally the message of the prophets and of Revelation, in the coming kingdom and temple, all representatives of the nations will come to Jerusalem before Yeshua and do religious service to the Father. While others may have their own motives for keeping hope and faith, this reality is one motivation that keeps me in faith and hope – the future Kingdom. May the Prince of Peace come quickly.

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