Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Our impression of God will influence how we act. It is a little like, "monkey see monkey do". When we focus on God the healer, we believe in healing, start hoping and praying for healing and start seeing healings happening.
We however focus a lot on God the triumphant, might and awesome. This is all true but people start stomping around as if these properties are our own. We see this in the brothers Zebedee wanting the prime spot in heaven and causing a ruckus among the disciples (Matthew 20).
I was however deeply impacted by a reading of Luke 15, the Lost Son. Perhaps for the first time I realized that we serve a humble God. We often hear of a loving God, but a humble God?
Pride, the opposite of humility is a difficult sin to understand. Violence, anger, lust and greed are simple but pride is a heavenly sin. One that immoral beings engage in. It is satan's sin, his fall and our terrible temptation. I find it difficult to see pride in myself but when faced with a humble God I start getting a glimpse of my pride.
Humility can be seen in reaction to insult. I react with anger when I am displaced from my rightful place. When I am dishonored I react with resentment. The Father was humble when insulted.
SIX INSULTS FROM TWO SONS
ONE - "I cannot wait until you are dead to get my stuff and leave".
TWO - A parent insulted by the squandered life of a child.
THREE - "I'll be your servant, I don't deserve to be your son" - mistaking the father's heart and character.
FOUR - "I have slaved for you".
FIVE - "You gave me nothing".
SIX - The elder son does not want others to enjoy grace and favour.
THE FATHER DOES NOT COUNTERS ANY OF THESE LIES - I would have been tempted to give one of those boys a flat hand on at least one occasion, but the Father says nothing.
- Runs to the younger - an older man goes not run in the middle east.
- Pleads with the older - does not tell him what a brat he is.
- Pleads for reconciliation - all the Father wants is his children to love each other.
THE NATURE OF THE FATHER & HIS SON
"For so says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity; whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, even with the contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones". (Isaiah 57:15)
- Despite the greatness of God, his inclination is toward the humble.
- God is drawn to the humble and broken.
- He might live on high BUT ALSO with the humble.
THE SUFFERING SERVANT OF PROPHECY
The clearest picture the O.T. prophets have of the coming Messiah is that of the "suffering servant". He would be a Humble King.
"For He comes up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; He has no form nor majesty that we should see Him, nor an appearance that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as it were a hiding of faces from Him, He being despised, and we esteemed Him not." (Isaiah 53:2,3)
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, your King comes to you. He is righteous and victorious, meek and riding on an ass, even on a colt, the son of an ass." (Zachariah 9:9)
"Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly (humble & gentle) in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls." (Matthew 11:29)
"For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a name which is above every name." (Ephesians 2:5-9)
The foot washing was the final symbol of humble love and servanthood.
Brenton Brown has penned a beautiful song of our humble King:
Oh kneel me down again / Here at Your feet / Show me how much You love Humility
Oh spirit be the star / That leads me to / The humble heart of love I see in You
Cuz You are the God of the broken / The friend of the weak / You wash the feet of the weary / Embrace the ones in need / And I want to be like you Jesus / To have this heart in me / You are the God of the humble / You are the humble King.
Date Added: 2010-09-06
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