Pastor Greg continues his ten-part series on the ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i word Kaleo which means “The Voice” or “The Sound.’ Kaleo is also a Koine Greek word that refers to calling to someone with your voice. Pastor G uses this as the inspiration for speaking about the Five Kaleo of Akua (Five Callings of God.) He spends two weeks on each calling. This week is the first part of the second calling – The Kaleo of Worship.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:10-11
to fall to the ground prostrate, either because of fear, grief or astonishment, to fall to worship.
Again refers to falling to your knees to give worship. It actually carries the idea of bowing towards someone, blowing kisses towards someone or something. To kiss the ground or the feet of the one being worshiped.
They felt called, they felt compelled, to worship Him. They FELL TO THE GROUND before HIM! They knelt before Him! They were bowing to a two year old, but only because they were bowing to the Messiah, God in the flesh. Spontaneous worship was their natural response to encountering Jesus even as a toddler.
So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. – John 18:4-6
a verb which means to depart, to back away – figuratively it is used to refer to someone passing away.
They drew back and FELL LIKE DEAD MEN! The same thing happened to the guards at Jesus’ tomb when the angel arrived to roll away the stone.
Come, let US worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. – Psalm 95:6-7a
Bo Shachah Kara Barak (HEBREW)
Worship AND bow down AND kneel.
Used 170 times in the Bible. It means to bow down low, to kneel, to lie prostrate in worship. It doesn’t mean just to worship, but inside this word is the understood posture of BOWING and KNEELING in worship.
We are never COMMANDED by God to worship Him. He never COMMANDS us to do it but He is always calling and inviting us to enter into a covenant of worship with Him.
In Isaiah, God predicts that one day EVERY knee will bow to Him. Paul connects Jesus to this promise as well. Why is that? It’s clear. Every human being, once they truly see Him and know Him for who He is, will bow low before Him, in either fear, astonishment or worship Him! What other logical response should we have as human beings?
Before you get into your bed tonight, I want to challenge you to get down on your knees if you can, if not, bow forward as best you can, if you can’t move your body in that way, just close your eyes and bow and kneel in your heart, and worship Him.