In these contemporary times, humility is a greatly under-emphasized quality among humans. Some don’t know what it means, don’t know how to appreciate it, don’t know how to love with it, and aren’t all that sure they want to have it.
Culturally, we are much more likely to be drawn to the energetic, dynamic, charismatic, crowd-drawing leader. That’s who gets the headlines and the attention. and television appearances and bigger money. But, if we listen closely and watch carefully, we can see in Jesus someone who is humble, but strong; humble, but charismatic; humble, but crowd drawing; humble, but dynamic.
You see, the same Lord who spoke into the threatening waves, stilled the storm and spoke into the crowds is the Lord who washed feet and died on a cross and fed the thousands and held babies in his arms when it wasn’t politically correct.
So maybe we might need to rethink humility and try living and loving it like Jesus did. Come to think of it, that’s exactly what we need to do; no “maybe” about it! Let’s be like Jesus, and the humility comes along with the character!
Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition – Traditional Version
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”
Matthew 23:11-12 The Message
11-12 “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Humility can seem like the most unlikely place to look if you and I want to gain in knowledge, wisdom, skills, or grow much in any way as a person. Should not you and I instead be more bold, brash, and willing to chase after everything you desire? Contemporary, conventional wisdom certainly says so, but conventional wisdom also tends to overlook if not just plain forget the greatest example set by the most accomplished and yet most humble person ever to walk this earth.
Jesus humbled Himself before God and before man, yet He was and always will be the most exalted among us. As in all things, we should follow His example and seek to humble ourselves before others in all that we do and speak. “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted,” Christians read in Matthew 23:12. These spiritually inspiring Biblical words of encouragement should be used as an essential guide as we go through this life and encounter new people and situations which call for your humility.
in Matthew 18:3, Jesus told his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
This statement echoes the statement made in Matthew 23:11-12 that in order to be in eternal communion with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, an attitude of service and humility must burst forth from the seams of our character and countenance, leaving no doubt that the grace we all freely received for our salvation took root within our hearts and has borne much fruit.
The fact is that no single person knows absolutely everything. No matter how smart and wise you think or allow yourself to believe you are, the amount we know pales woefully in comparison to everything that we do not know. This is, thankfully, what other people are for. They are there to teach us and provide us with everything we lack, and we are to do the same in return. Unfortunately, such an exchange of skills and talents is virtually impossible without humility.
If you consider someone else’s ideas and opinions as beneath you, or if you come to everything with preconceived notions and judgments, then you will surely either have greater difficulty or never be able to learn anything new. You will always get yourself stuck in your narrow and limited view of the world. Everyone has different experiences, different knowledge, and different skill sets which are meant to complement, not to compete with, our own. Being too prideful to learn from others is the best way to stunt your personal growth.
Being humble does not mean that you and I have to let ourselves be changed by someone else’s way of thinking. Perhaps there are, in some areas, where you are more knowledgeable than another person, and you do know a better way. You should, not however, scorn what anyone else has to say. Be willing to hear them out, listen and move on respectfully if their ideas are not right for you.
Not only should we strive to humble ourselves before others, as Jesus did, but let’s ultimately humble ourselves before God. 1 Peter 5: 6 instructs Christians to, “humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” If we are too great an effort to be too prideful to see God working in our and our neighbors lives and to submit to God’s will for us, then He will truly never be able to lift us up to the abundant life in God that we are called to live.
Imagine the scope of all the possibilities which would flourish in our lives if we so chose to filter our minds through the spiritual colander of humility, washing away all unrighteousness and iniquity that enslaves us and leaving behind only the God honoring qualities that produce the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Though humility should be practiced for the sake of itself, it’s also nice to know that being humble has some very important benefits for our daily lives. As you and I can hopefully see, far from making a person weak, humility is in fact one of the biggest strengths that someone could ever display. Praise God! Alleluia!
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, let us give a moments rest to our hearts, surrender ourselves and humble ourselves.
Psalm 61:1-4 AKJV
To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me,
and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle forever:
I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Almighty God, I know You can shape and reshape everything, that no thought can be withheld from You. “Who is he who hides council without knowledge?” Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me which I did not know. “Hear and I will speak I will question You and You shall declare to Me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You,” therefore I surrender myself over unto your unconventional leadership. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
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TaylorSandlin.email@example.com Day 51: Lift your eyes
You wrote: [[[“””What the words originally meant is always primary, but it’s hardly the only way God speaks to us. Take for instance the connections one passage makes with other parts of the scriptures. One can’t read Isaiah without thinking of Christ. He is the son Immanuel, the Light that has dawned, the King that rules in righteousness. We read from one page, but God speaks from the totality of the book.”””]]]
Absurd. The Greek\Roman son of Zeus has no part with taking Israel out of Egypt, much less so the 1st Commandment of the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.
You opened with Isaiah 40:1-8, most probably the basis for your first time preaching experience. First and foremost, the Hebrew T’NaCH has no chapters and verses. The Hebrew T’NaCH its organized around sugiot. All Xtian translations of their bible – created in their own image. These tumah books of avodah zarah expunge the Name revealed in the 1st Commandment of Sinai which the church whore of Babylon totally rejects, and never accepted.
Aaron, the elder brother, he erred and translated the Name revealed in the 1st Commandment of Sinai to the word אלהים. This error the Torah refers to as the sin of the golden calf. Torah learns by way of משל\נמשל. The language ‘golden calf’, serves as but only a משל\\metaphor. Worlds separate reading words as found in Torah books from learning Torah mussar commandments. Whether a student studies the T’NaCH sealed Canon. ((Sealed long before the Greek\Roman new testament forgery)); or a student studies the Oral Torah revelation – as codified in the Talmud, likewise sealed by Rav Ashi and Rav Ravina in about 450 CE. (Sealed long after Ezra and the Men of the Great Assembly sealed the literature of the T’NaCH books). All students of both T’NaCH and Talmud know that learning a page of any Primary source (as opposed to secondary source commentaries or later apocrypha books similar to the new testament counterfeit “scripture”), require that students make the required נמשל דיוקים\interpretive inferences.
Why do all Torah and Talmud students stand on this precise יסוד\foundation/? That learning these Primary sources absolutely requires from them that they accept the obligation to make the required נמשל דיוקים. The abomination of the Xtian religion of avodah zarah, never for a single second stood upon this יסוד of Torah acceptance and faith as an eternal sworn oath obligation. Non bnai brit Goyim never accepted the Torah at Sinai. And how much more so their church leaders throughout the generations; they denied the revelation of the Oral Torah on Horev שמות לד:ו,ז.
Worlds separate and differentiate between Oral Torah logic and Court rulings of halachah\LAW. Yet the new testament counterfeit errs precisely on this very יסוד. It confuses Torah commandments which command mussar, with courtroom legal rulings of halachah\LAW. Such a huge blunder made by the alien foreigners who penned the new testament counterfeit, the magnitude of such an error compares only to translating the revelation of the Spirit Name as commanded in the first Commandment of the revelation of the Torah at Sinai to words; comparable to Aaron who made this exact error when he translated the Name unto אלהים. The Torah revelation at Sinai refers to this avodah zarah through the משל known as the ‘Golden Calf’.
All Xtian bibles of avodah zarah, duplicate the sin of the golden calf משל. Words like YHVH, Yahweh, Jehovah, Lord, Allah — all duplications of the משל sin of the golden calf. The new testament forgery repeatedly employs the ‘holy spirit’ metaphor, which later theologians elevated unto the Trinity dogma of avodah zarah. רוח הקודש, this term exists only as a משל. The נמשל of this משל – the Oral Torah middot Spirit Names for HaShem, first revealed at Horev after the Sinai revelation. The book of the gospel of John opened with the golden calf error by declaring the Word is God. Words have tremendous difficulty describing colors. Neither words, nor human lips can pronounce the Name of HaShem first revealed at Sinai. This error יסודי\fundamental, the Xtian church religion of avodah zarah never perceived, not in 2000+ years.
The Talmud codification of Oral Torah law, codified in about 450 CE obviously came long after Ezra and the Men of the Great Assembly sealed the T’NaCH Books in the early years of the 2nd Commonwealth. Talmud stands upon the יסוד of the T’NaCH literature, and not the reverse – as the counterfeit church authorities slander continuously the chosen Cohen nation. The blood libel slanders, common throughout the Middle Ages, springs forth from this יסוד; that church leadership continually confused Oral Torah logic with law. The church perversion throughout its long history of murder and bloodshed has confused ‘the Law’ with Torah commandments which command mussar. All T’NaCH prophets command mussar. Mussar defines the meaning of the word prophesy. This key Torah definition which defines all prophetic commandments, the counterfeit church abomination has never perceived in 2000+ years.
None of the Books of the T’NaCH originally contained chapters and verses. The church created their bibles of avodah zarah in their own image. They expunged the Order of sugiot and replaced this Order with an alien worship, organized around chapters and verses. Church confusion over the distinction between the revelation of the Oral Torah logic at Horev with the codification of Oral Torah laws, sealed thousands of years later has tremendous consequences. The Talmud follows the precedent established by the T’NaCH codification. Rabbi Yechudah’s Mishna, published in 210 CE, a common law code of judicial rulings of halachah\LAW. The style employed by the Mishna, Case//Rule. The Mishna employs the method, as duplicated by all other judicial courts systems, throughout human history, whose courts exist as Common Law courtrooms. Common law stands upon the יסוד of precedents.
The Gemarah “commentary” made upon the Mishna, in its turn employs a style of difficulty\answer. Why? The Gemarah learns the Case\Rule Mishna by way of bringing precedents. The difficulty\answer style of the Gemarah either validates or rejects possible precedents to “understand” (בינה defined as משל – learning a matter in the midst of other matters\נמשל distinguishing between like and like) the k’vanna/intent of the Case\Rule of Rabbi Yechudah’s Mishna. The much later Talmud stands upon the יסוד of the much earlier T’NaCH common law system.
The T’NaCH organized by and through the Order of sugiot! T’NaCH common law learns\נמשל//it makes the required דיוקים/inferences by comparing sugiot with similar or contrasting sugiot. This compare & contrast learning goes by the משל of learning the Torah לשמה. The opening Mishna of גיטין\divorce/ teaches that Jews in g’lut/exile\ had lost the skill/wisdom\ to learn the Torah and keep the mitzvot commandments לשמה. The counterfeit Xtian abomination which worships the golden calf, never – not even for a day – ever obeyed the Name of HaShem לשמה.
Three sugiot contain your “key verses” Isaiah 40:1-8. A precedent to “understand” the mussar which the prophet commands, 3 different sugiot ישעיה כו:טז – כז:יא. The mussar of the prophet, did not just rebuke the folk of his day, this mussar rebukes all who worship and kiss the golden calf.
Let’s bring a 2nd witness, because all cases of דיני נפשות\\Capital Crimes Cases// requires no less than two witnesses. מלכים א יב:א-כד. King David, all other anointed kings as Moshiach stand by the precedent of his service to do and obey the mitzvot לשמה. The church abomination, never for even a single day has ever obeyed HaShem לשמה. For 2000+ years the church has kissed the golden calf avodah zarah abomination, yet called themselves ‘the new Israel’. HaShem brought a curse upon king Shlomo for his avodah zarah and destroyed his kingdom. HaShem shall not likewise judge the church, guilty of the Shoah – the systematic extermination of the Jewish people, the starvation, torture and cruel murder of 75% of European Jewry in less than four years?