A reflection on 1 Chronicles 28-29:
Even though king David was not chosen by God to ‘build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord’ (28:2), we can learn a lot behind his offerings towards God’s holy temple. So, what did king David offer?
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
The exaltation of Jesus reached its climax in the lordship of Christ. At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. His was the hard way to glory — through His death on the cross and resurrection. However, in due time, God has highly exalted Him to the highest place, the place that He deserved as God’s equal, and to the position in which He is publicly proclaimed before heaven and earth.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. (Philippians 2:9)
Jesus Christ’s life provides the perfect example of humility. Though He was and is an eternal deity, Jesus humbled Himself to become a servant of all, taking the form of man and became obedient to the point of death. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name above all names. This is exactly what God did with Jesus at the completion of His work in accordance to Jesus’ prayer. In His prayer, Jesus asked the Father to restore to Him the glory that He had with the Father from the beginning (John 17:4-5).
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I testify.
Occasionally, people tell me that they learned to cook by helping their mothers in the kitchen. Yet, I didn’t have the same opportunity because my late mom, for uncertain reasons, wouldn’t allow my siblings or me to help her in the kitchen.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I share.
‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?’ (Haggai 2:3)
Especially in recent months and years, the church has seen a growing unrest, one that has made itself known in waves, both in the whisperings that happen in person as well as in the bold blog posts and discussions held on the internet.
Some of us ask, “How could the church do something like this to a worker like that?”
Others ask, “If the church is in the right, why doesn’t it say anything?”
Still others ask, “How can it be possible that the true church is like this?”
How, indeed? Continue reading