Weekly Devotional 11-19-18 Rightful Praise Indeed
As we read through the Gospels we see God the Son walking the earth as the Son of God. Although being God, He walked this earth in human flesh. The apostle Paul writing of this to the Philippians wrote; “6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). The reason for this is found in the Book of Hebrews. Quoting a portion of Psalm 8 the writer begins by extolling the magnificence of man, but then moves ahead to the Jesus whom Paul was referring to in his Philippian letter. Consider Hebrews 2:6b-18.
“6bWhat is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands. 8You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him…. 9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12saying: ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.13And again: ‘I will put My trust in Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’ 14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
God the Son took on the flesh of man to live as man and to die as man. That is, to die in the flesh, so that He could taste death for everyone. No wonder in the book of Revelation we hear millions of angels and the glorified church members singing, “9bYou are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth…12Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:9b-10…12). This is rightful praise, indeed!
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All Scripture Usage is from the NKJB