Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Welcome to Day 163 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10; 2 Chronicles 11; Philippians 2 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 12, King Rehoboam’s refusal to listen to the people’s request to lighten their burden sparks secession by the northern tribes. From this point on the northern kingdom is usually referred to as Israel, and the southern kingdom as Judah. (Reformation Study Bible)
2 Chronicles 10, 11, The first section recounting Rehoboam’s reign focuses on his first three years as king.
But this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God: 3 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 4 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’”
So they obeyed the words of the Lord…
… and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.
Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Ok, ok… Philippians is definitely one of my favorite passages in the whole Bible! It’s got to be on everyone’s top 10 list of Bible passages! (Up there with Romans 8, Psalm 23 and John 3!)
This passage gives straight-up instruction as to how we are to live.
Jesus himself took on the form of a servant. Humbling himself. If he did that, being the Son of God, how can we not follow suit?
John 13:3-5, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
Slow that down… and read it again…
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and…
that he had come from God and…
was returning to God.”
12, “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jesus had no identity crisis. He knew who he was and where he had come from. That he had come from the father and was returning to the father.
Jesus didn’t refer to himself as “teacher” and “Lord.” That’s what others called him. He referred to himself as “the Son.” John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
He was first a son. Then all those other titles…
The Son made himself a servant. He willingly chose to wash the disciples’ feet. He willingly chose to go to the cross.
I try to keep this in the front of my mind, moment by moment. Day by day. “Even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve…”
Serving takes on many forms. Jesus washed his disciples feet to make a point that it wasn’t beneath him… that if he washed their feet, they should wash one another’s feet.
Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Thank you for setting an example for us to follow. That we should serve one another in love…