1. Revelation 22:3 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does the word “worship” mean?

Revelation 22:3 (ESV)

3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.

The term might prompt us to imagine these “servants” offering sacrifices of some form to God (Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 10:2). As there shall be no sacrifices in the New Jerusalem, we need to think in terms of willing obedience (Romans 12:1), that is, an inner service of the heart. God had given Adam in Paradise the mandate to “work” the Garden and “keep” it (Genesis 2:15), a mandate he failed to carry out. In the New Jerusalem there will be no such failure.