Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.
I. Divine worship is HUMAN INSTINCT. Among all the living occupants of the earth, man is the only worshipper. Man feels after the Divine. Hence, in different ages, different evidences of man's worshipfulness — sacred grove, mosque, synagogue, temple, church. Man's natural tendency has never been not to worship; but to worship too many objects. Paganism divided and weakened worship. Christianity concentrates and gives life, force, and unity to the worship.
II. Christian worship ENNOBLES THE WORSHIPPER. "The Lord thy God!" In the worship of such a God, man's own intellect is ennobled, and his heart purified. His whole humanity is raised.
III. The worship and service of the Christian religion are UNENDING. "Thou shalt worship," etc. There are no limitations to that command in the Book; none in the human heart. The moral aspirations of the soul are enduring as itself.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.