There is no reference in the entire Bible where God asks the angels to bow down to man and that Satan refused to do that. The request that angels bow down to Adam was mentioned only in the Koran “…And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis (Lucifer)…” (S. 2:30-38 Pickthall).
The Bible teaches that worship is due to God alone (Exodus 20:3-6). The first commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” emphasizes the fact that there is but one God, in protest against the worship of many gods. The second commandment states, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them” (Exodus 20:4-6) places emphasis upon God’s spiritual nature (John 4:24) in disapproval of idolatry and materialism. To bow down to anyone but God is a sin equal to murder, adultery, lying…etc.
God appeals to us to put Him before all else, to put Him first in our affections and in our lives, in harmony with our Lord’s injunction in the sermon on the mount (Matt. 6:33). Mere belief alone will not do, nor even the acknowledgement that He is the One and only God. We owe wholehearted allegiance and devotion to Him as a personal Being whom it is our privilege to know, to love, and trust, and with whom we may have blessed fellowship.
Dependence upon something else other than God, whether it be wealth, knowledge, position, or friends, places us in peril. It is hard to fight against the allurements of the world, and it is so easy to trust in that which is visible and temporal (Matt. 6:19–34; 1 John 2:15–17). In our materialistic age it is not difficult to violate the spirit of this first commandment, by putting our trust and confidence in some earthly convenience or comfort, and in so doing forget the One who created the things we enjoy (2 Cor. 4:18). But God deserves our love and worship because He loved us unto death “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In His service,
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