True and sincere, but reluctant worship

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Mark 5.6–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 5.1–20 on February 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

A man possessed with many demons met Jesus. However,

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

– Mark 5.6–7

The demon-possessed man worshiped Jesus, but the man, or truly the demon inside, questioned what he had to do with Jesus, asking what fellowship could they have.

This is interesting because the demon worshiped Jesus, and it seems to have been done in truth, but it was not done with admiration. That might make us question whether the worship was in spirit, but I think it was because the demon knew Jesus and who He was. The demon knew that Jesus had the power to torment demons. The demon sincerely recognized the power and authority of Jesus, but the demon did not love Jesus.

Check your heart when you worship the Lord. Yes, be sure you worship in truth. Also, be sure that you worship in your spirit with a heart of love and admiration for Him.

Questions:

  • What did the demon implore Jesus not to do?
  • Why did the demon-possessed man run to Jesus?

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