Jesus and His followers were all aware of the fact that God is jealous for the
worship of His followers. He does not allow others to claim his glory:
Jesus knew the law and its prohibition against worshiping or serving anyone
besides God. When tempted by Satan ¥, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:13 and
possibly Exodus 34:14, which say:
Deuteronomy 6:13 (NIV 1)
13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his
Exodus 34:14 (KJV 2)
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is
Jealous, is a jealous God:
Isaiah 42:8 (NIV 1)
8 I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to
another or my praise to idols.
Jesus did what God told Him. Jesus taught His apostles, who had received
teaching in the law, to do God's will. Is it possible that Jesus took what belonged
to God? Could Jesus be the perfect man that some cults claim and yet violate the
scriptures by stealing praise from God? Let us examine some relevant scriptures:
John 9:35-39 (NIV 1) (the whole story begins at John 9:1)
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said,
"Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
36 "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
37 Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with
38 Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.
39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will
see and those who
see will become blind." £
Jesus had healed this man from his lifelong blindness, and when the man told the
religious leaders what had happened, they threw him out of the synagogue. This was
a very serious thing much like a catholic being excommunicated from the church.
John 5:18 (KJV 2)
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had
broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making
himself equal with God.
Jesus had just walked on the water to the disciple's boat, and saved Peter,
when his faith wavered. The disciples reacted by worshipping Him:
Matthew 14:33 (KJV 2)
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying,
Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Their saying that He was the Son of God was the same as saying that He was God;
the unbelieving Jews verify this in John 5:18. Their words show us what they thought
that claim meant:
Luke 24:52 (KJV 2)
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem
with great joy:
After witnessing the bodily ascension of the risen Lord Jesus,
scripture tells us:
Matthew 28:16-18 (NIV 1)
The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had
told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some
doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me.
Again the disciples saw the risen Lord Jesus:
Romans 1:1 (NIV 1)
"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus"
James 1:1 (NIV 1)
"James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ"
Jude 1:1 (NIV 1)
"Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ . . ."
2 Peter 1:1 (NIV 1)
" Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ"
Besides worship, Jesus sighted the Old Testament regarding serving
others besides God. This was as prohibited as worshiping someone else.
As the following verses show, the disciples describe themselves as
servants of the Lord:
Jesus clearly allowed Himself to be worshipped and served, but the Bible
says that a man should only worship and serve God. It is clear then that his
disciples knew that:
Jesus is Almighty
¥ John 8:44
44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire.
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no
truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the
father of lies.
£ Blindness is a result of rejecting God. Turning their backs on Jesus in, spite of all the
miracles that He had shown them, left them blind to the fact that Jesus was their long
1 The Quest Study Bible, New International Version Grand Rapids Michigan:
Zondervan Corp. 1994
2 KJV Gift & Award Bible, Revised. Grand Rapids Michigan: Zondervan Corp. 2002