When Jesus was asked which was the most important commandment in Mk 12:29 (NASB)
“Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD
He answered by quoting the ’Shema’ Deuteronomy 6:4 (Rotherham Emphasised bible)
Hear, O Israel: Yahweh, is our God,—Yahweh alone.
Which identifies his god to be Yahweh, the God of Israel, as we saw last time. This is not surprising considering that he was a Jew from Galilee.
How else is Yahweh referred to, Isaiah 64:7 NJB (other translations Isaiah 64:8)
And yet, Yahweh, you are our Father; we the clay and you our potter, all of us are the work of your hands.
He is called ‘Father’
See also Jeremiah 31:9 NJB
In tears they will return, in prayer I shall lead them. I shall guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble. For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born son.
And Malachi 1:6 NJB
‘The son honours his father, the slave stands in awe of his master. But if I am indeed father, where is the honour due to me? And if I am indeed master, where is the awe due to me? says Yahweh Sabaoth to you priests who despise my name.
Isaiah 63:16 NJB
After all, you are our Father. If Abraham will not own us, if Israel will not acknowledge us, you, Yahweh, are our Father, ‘Our Redeemer’ is your name from of old.
Jesus constantly prayed to Yahweh and addressed Him as Father
John 12:28 NASB
“Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.””
John 17:1 NASB
“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,
and throughout chapter 17
Jesus told parables referring to the Father
John 15:1 NASB
“”I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray to ‘Our Father’
Matthew 6:9 NASB
“”Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
What did Jesus tell the woman at the well?
John 4:20-24 NASB
“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.””
Jesus came preaching and doing works in the name and authority of the Father
John 5:43 NASB
“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”
John 10:25 NASB
“Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.”
John 12:13 NASB
“took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.””
Is the Father greater than Jesus?
John 14:28 NASB
“You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
The risen Jesus clearly called the Father “My God” – and your (our) God and Father
John 20:17 NASB
“Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'””
The Father is still the God of Jesus after he ascended to the Father’s throne.
Romans 15:6 NASB
“so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 1:3 NASB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
Ephesians 1:3 NASB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”
Ephesians 1:17 NASB
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
Jesus still has a God, the Father, in the book of Revelation
Revelation 1:6 NASB
“and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Revelation 3:2 NASB
“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.”
Rev 3:12 NASB
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”
So we have seen clearly from scripture that Jesus worshipped, prayed to and preached about his God and Father Yahweh, and taught us to do likewise. He tells us to worship our Father in spirit and in truth, for these are the ones whom the Father seeks to worship Him.