“Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?” The Son of God is going to humble Himself by leaving His high position in heaven to come to earth as a baby born in a stable. He will live a life of rejection and persecution and die a brutal death for our salvation but God will later elevate Him. “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. 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 2:9-8)
That is why Paul will later tell us, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
The Psalmist goes on to say “He raises the poor out of the dust and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes – with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children.” God loves to take the lowly and foolish things of the world and elevate them to accomplish His purposes so that everyone will know it was an act of God. We have seen this played out time and time again throughout the Story. A few examples are:
– When He took a former idol worshipper and his barren wife, Abraham and Sarah, and made a great nation from their descendants
– When He promoted Joseph from slave to ruler over Egypt to save the nations from a famine
– When Rehab, a harlot, became King David’s great grandma and is listed in Jesus Christ’s lineage along with Ruth, a former Moabite widow
– When David, a shepherd boy, was made a mighty king through whom the Lord promised that the Savior would come.
As we keep reading, we will continue to see the Lord elevate those in the Story whom the world calls foolish and He does the same today! “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
And that my friends is some good news! 😁 Keep reading!
(Psalm 107, Psalms 111-114)