And 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 2:8)
Jesus was in the image of God, yet He did not boast about His equality with God. Instead, Jesus humbled Himself to become a servant of all, taking the form of man. From birth to death, Jesus Christ exhibited His humility and obedience. Jesus was born in a manger, a lowly place, to demonstrate that He came as a servant to save the humble and needy. On the cross, Jesus exemplified total surrender to the will of God.
But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.” (Ruth 1:16)
The relationship between Naomi and Ruth is a beautiful example of a good family relationship. The key ingredients of good family relationships are love and respect. They consist of mutual commitment with freedom from each other and a relationship in which each person tries to do what is best for the other.
“Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” (2 Sam 7:18)
King David, the second king of Israel – although not without fault, was a handsome man, a righteous leader, a mighty warrior, a conqueror of lands, a skilled musician and a poetic psalmist. There came a time in his life as king when he wished in his heart, with all good intention, to construct a beautiful temple for the Lord, a dwelling place for God where His prophets could live and teach, and a place where the people could learn and worship. He consulted the prophet Nathan, who replied, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” However, we find that in the end, it wasn’t the will of God for David to do so, but rather, for his son Solomon. Later on, David went before the Lord, sat down, and poured his heart to God in thanksgiving. What can we learn from this story? Continue reading →
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen 22:1-2)
Here talks about the greatest test that God had given to Abraham — a test that would measure the faith which had been steadily growing up to this point in Abraham’s life, faith that would later define him as the “father of faith”. This chapter has been the focus of countless sermons and articles. I’m sure Abraham is a well-known patriarch whom we have all heard and read about. It is from this chapter that he is frequently brought to the foreground as one of the greatest examples of complete obedience to God.
But what of his son, Isaac?
In fact, the interactions that Isaac had with Abraham can actually teach us a few important lessons with our relationship with our parents as children. Continue reading →