Name Above all other Names

My heart is heavy.  In prayer and seeking the Lord he has revealed to me how His heart is broken in regards to how we his people have lost reverence for Him. We the people insert his name in comedy clubs and Grammy thank you’s, Music videos and movies. We laugh at baby Jesus jokes and funny videos with slap stick Jesus humor, but his name is the name ABOVE ALL NAMES. His name is worthy to be praised! How can we throw His name  around so lightly, when we really ponder what He did for us? He was flogged, beaten, brutally murdered, and for what, so that we could being heaven to earth. So we could reveal His glory! His name should be held in the highest regard!

David said in Psalm 145:3 , “ Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.”

Galatians 6:7a “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.”

To mock in the context of the Greek means to turn up the nose or sneer at. Sneer means to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn. Derision means speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing. This was what the Romans did to Christ as they hung him on the cross they laughed and mocked him. This is what we do in our movies and in comedy clubs while maybe not laughing at him directly but at His names expense.

I am one of these people that NEVER wants to sound religious (what does this even mean anyway?). I love to laugh, but as time progresses and things get wickeder and less and less people understand who God really is, we as Christians HAVE to raise a new standard. I have had to repent of this. Many times I catch myself saying OMG or Oh my God- thinking nothing about him, just empty words.

In the Leviticus 20:26 it is mentioned:

“Be holy for I am holy.”

Holy means majestic:majestic derives from majesty which means supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty. Back when people had a King do you think the King would be made fun in the courts by the court jester or that the people in the kingdom would blaspheme his name? Absolutely not! Catholics do not throw their popes name in the center of their jokes.  So why do we think it is OK to insert Jesus’ name or God’s name in jokes and the like. It is because we have lost what it means to be reverent, in fear, in awe and it is all in fear that we may be sounding or acting to “religious”. We are to hold God, Christ and the Holy Spirit in the highest regard no matter what we sound or come across like. He is to be honored and to be treated as sacred.

This is just something that I ask you to ponder. Music videos like Ariana Grande’s latest “God is a Woman” video is blasphemous, but highly requested and played frequently on popular radio stations. Heartbreaking that it is even acceptable, but what if these things are permitted to happen because of the watering down of our Lord and saviors name and character? What if these things are taking place because we failed to hold a standard in place that held our Lord in the highest regard?

Let this scripture in Jerimiah 23: 1- 2 not be to us his people:

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.

The complacency, fear or idea that if we influence people with hardcore truth we are being unloving or may detour them from the truth is what has caused us to become the minority and not the majority.  The idea that we have to look like, talk like and be like the world in order to attract the world could not be further from the truth. We did not see Jesus walking around conforming, in fact just the opposite, He said in Matthew 10:34, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The word sword in the Greek means division.

Consider the parable in Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Then Jesus explained the parable in 13:36-43

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Lawlessness in the Greek is the condition of without law: because ignorant of it; because of violating it; contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness.

One of the laws we find in Exodus 20:7 is, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Vain in the Hebrew is emptiness, vanity, falsehood, nothingness, emptiness of speech, lying, worthlessness (of conduct).

The word of God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

There will be no saying, Lord, I didn’t know.

Do you see how easily it is to become entangled with the things and ways of the world? We are in the season where the Lord is preparing his remnant. We MUST raise a new standard! No more acceptance, no more complacency, but holding steadfast to what is true and righteous.

We must believe that the word of God is literal; the law is good and meant to be followed if we love God.

Paul encouraged the Phillipians in 2:12b- 18

12b work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

We are not called to be liked or to conform or to blend remember Jesus said, “”If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18 He goes on to say in John 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

We must restore reverence, as my boss Doug Stringer says, “It’s time to raise a new standard.” Ask the Lord what you should repent of and how you can contribute to restoring the reverence of His holy name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel 14:12-14

And the word of the Lord came to me: 13 “Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, 14 even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord God.