Impact on Jesus Week #28
"This is the one I esteem, he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." Isaiah 66:2
I readily admit these words "humble, contrite, and trembles" are difficult as a man to swallow. Every fiber of a man rages against these character traits. As a man, I want to be a warrior, confident, bold, and fearless. It is so evident even in my two young boys who both want to be hero's and invincible. I cannot imagine Jesus feeling any different than I do about these things. We are told he faced every battle, every temptation, that we do. Surely his desire as a young man was to be a mighty man of God. After all, isn't being mighty and fierce the way to get your name remembered forever?
However, as Jesus read the words of Isaiah the prophet, over and over he learned God was looking for a humble man who was Spirit was tender and moldable. God was not looking for a mighty warrior, he was seeking someone who was willing to lay down his own desire and let God have His way in his life. God was looking for a heart who trembled at His words, who had a Holy fear of disobeying God which would lead this man to devote himself to obedience to God's commands.
Jesus gave himself to be this man. He humbled himself and came as a man. He did not think highly of himself, but rather he feared God. He listened to His Father's words and obeyed them. Because Jesus gave himself to be the man who God was looking for, this promise is his forever . . .
"As the new heavens and the new earth will endure before me," declares the Lord (a promise, for Gods words cannot be broken) "so will YOUR name and descendants endure!"
Jesus learned if he chose not to try and make a name for himself as a mighty warrior, but rather chose to live humbly & with a contrite heart, and gave himself to reverently obey the Lord, then God would fulfill His promise and make the name Jesus last forever and that his descendants would endure for all eternity.
I pray today that the Holy Spirit will empower me to be a man like Jesus, humble, contrite, and tremble at Gods word, so that God may use me as he did Jesus, to glorify His Name!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5
As Jesus set out to discover his true identity and seek out his purpose, these words from the "Weeping Prophet" surely grabbed his attention. A message to Jeremiah, but written for him.
Jesus had to wonder about his identity. Like all young boys he surely wrestled with his self worth and true purpose in life. So hundreds of years before he enters into the story or humanity, his dad sends a message reaffirming that he has been known by his heavenly Father, even before he was formed in the womb, and not only that, but that he was set apart for a specific mission by his Dad.
"I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
His life had meaning and purpose. His Father had a specific reason for him, a goal to accomplish. Simply knowing he is "known, set apart, and appointed" surely uplifted his spirits.
Why did he need uplifting? Because as a man like Jeremiah, he surely was attacked by the enemy with doubts. Like Jeremiah (and Moses), Jesus probably heard words like "your too young" or "you aren't a good speaker." Jeremiah 1:6
So God prepared for these attacks on Jesus by reassuring Him that he was known, set apart, and appointed. But not only that, but that his work would be sufficient and God would be with him.
"Do not say 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I AM with you and will rescue you." Declares the Lord
Not only did Jesus learn through the opening of the book of Jeremiah that he was known by his Father, set apart by his Father, and appointed by his Father. Jesus learned that his obedience to say the words he was commanded to say, his obedience to go to who he was sent, was going to be rewarded with two things:
1. The promise God would be with him at all times
2. His Father was going to rescue him (inferring he would be in a situation that required rescuing.
Today, I pray, that as a child of God, I will be impacted to remember, like Jesus, that I am known by my Father, even before I was formed in the womb (Psalm 139:13), that I have been set apart by Him (Hebrews 10:10), and appointed to do good works for Him (Ephesians 2:10) and that all these come with His promise that He will be with me (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5) and that He will sustain me, defend me, and rescue me in my time of need!
Oh to live as Jesus did #impacted