Continuing with our theme on the Hebrew words for worship, let’s look at the three Greek words used in the New Testament for “worship”. Just as five of the Hebrew words had nothing to do with music, none of the Greek words refer to music either. The Hebrew words for worship primarily focused on the way the Israelites postured themselves before God: kneeling, bowing, raising of hands, falling prostrate, etc. God looks at the heart of a man; our worship must begin with our internal intimacy with God. The Israelites moved away from this intimacy, and their animal sacrifices became a ritual, just “going through the motions”. See how God reacts in Isaiah:
“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the LORD.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
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