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Reference – Satan Refused to Bow to Adam
The request that angels bow down to Adam was mentioned only in the Quran: “…And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis (Lucifer)…” (Surah Al-Baqarah Ayt 34 (2:34 Quran).
Worship the Creator Not the Creature
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. And 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). This commandment 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. (Exodus 20: 3-17).
God appeals to us to put Him before all else in our affections and in our lives, in harmony with His injunction in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 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, 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 may not be hard to fight against the allurements of the world, and it is so easy to trust in that which is visible and temporal (Matthew 6:19–34). But the Lord should be first.
Set Your Affections on God
The Lord urges His children: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15–17). People are tempted to violate the spirit of this first commandment, in our materialistic age, by putting their love and confidence in some earthly convenience or comfort, and in so doing forget the One who created the things we enjoy (2 Corinthians 4:18). And consequently, they lose their lives.
We should not forget that 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). The ultimate expression of His love is the atoning gift of Jesus Christ, by whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1).
God’s love for sinners led Him to give all that He had for their salvation (Romans 5:8). For love sacrifices self for others. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And the good new is that God does not refuse the privileges of His salvation to anyone. But there is one condition, faith in Christ as a personal Savior and voluntary submitting to His good will in the life (John 1:12).
In His service,