Worship in Revelation (11)

“Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” (Revelation 19:10)

“Do not do it,” our English translation says. It’s a much stronger saying than that. It is, “Stop that at once. Whatever else you do, don’t do that!” And there is a measure of indignation in this unfallen creature at what John is doing. Nobody knows exactly why he did it; it may have been that he was so overwhelmed by what was happening he scarcely knew what was happening. But the one thing that is clear is that heaven is offended by his bowing at the feet of the angel and bringing worship to this angelic being. Now, whatever we know or do not know about angels, we must recognize that they know a great deal about worship. Because that is what their great function was in Isaiah 6, this is what the angels do. This is their language, this is their purpose. They fly to cry out in worship and honor and praise to God. “The whole earth,” they say, “is full of His glory.” But this angel comes to John and says, “Stop doing that. Worship God.”

—Eric Alexander, “Worship God!” (sermon)


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