So far, we have learned that Jesus was a servant and had no guile. This week, we will learn how He was submissive and obedient to the Father.
He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. – Isaiah 53:7
Let’s look at a few of these words…
oppressed – nagas (naw-gas’): harass, tyrannize, distress.
afflicted – anab (aw-naw’): deal hardly with, defile, hurt, weaken.
This next one really struck me…
opened – pathach (paw-thakh’): to loose self
The act of obedience to the Father was a dying of SELF. He CHOSE not to “loose self.” This one Scripture could be an entire series!
Think about it…life and death are in the power of the tongue…He could have called 1000 angels to help Him…yet He opened not His mouth.
Jesus was submitted to the Father. Jesus was a living example of what we, the children of God, SHOULD be. Jesus lived His life not only to die for our sins, but to TEACH us HOW to live.
We should be obedient to God’s Word…the FINAL authority over EVERY issue. Period.
Let’s dig deeper…
Obedient – Complying with or submissive to authority.
Submissive – Inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient. To yield to the power or authority of another.
On the flip side, when we are NOT obedient and submitted to God’s Word we are; disobedient, perverse, wayward, unruly, disrespectful, arrogant, stubborn, resistance, rebellion, defiance, haughty, or proud.
Listen, God does not want a bunch of robotic followers. That is not what He is trying to teach us. He wants us to obey Him and His Word for the same reasons we want OUR children to obey what WE say.
To protect us and help us to have happy, healthy, and prosperous lives! If we remain ignorant to what HIS Word says (the guide book for our lives) we WILL surely perish!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… – Hosea 4:6
An obedient and submitted life will reap blessings. On the contrary, a disobedient and SELF lived life will reap destruction.
Do not be deceived, deluded, and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside. He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God. For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap – Galatians 6:7
Let us not be deceived into thinking that God’s Word can be adapted to the current culture, or that we only have to pick and choose the areas we agree with to obey. Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you really love Me, you will obey My commands.”
Do we really love Him? Do we really love the Lord? Do we love Him enough to open not our mouths? Do we love Him enough to study His Word and learn His ways? Do we love Him enough to stand up for His Truth and purpose?
We should. After all, He laid down for us. He laid down for YOU! He gave up Him SELF for the Father’s purpose which was to SAVE you and I!
Praise be to my God, Who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I challenge you…I challenge US to live each day on purpose. To live each day with hearts and minds submitted to our Daddy in Heaven, Who loves us more than we can imagine.
Will it be easy? NO way! It hurts to die to our flesh…aka…SELF. Even Jesus let Daddy know that if He wanted to release Him from having to go to the cross, He was cool with it!!
And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but as You will and desire. – Matthew 26:39
HE was Submitted to the Father.
Daddy God, thank You for Your LIFE giving Word. Thank You that I do not have to wonder or question how to live my life. Thank You that Your Word holds all the answers. Help me to separate my ideas and thoughts from the worlds. Help me to adapt and submit my life, thoughts, and feelings to what YOUR Word says. Help me to obey and live a submitted, obedient, and consecrated life. Help me to teach my children to live the same. Thank You for Your Son and the living example that He lived. Thank You…Thank You…Praise You! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!
Study the following Scriptures:
- Psalm 40:6
- Philippians 2:8
- Deuteronomy 8:20
- Matthew 26:41
- Matthew 27:1-50
- Mark 14:36
- Luke 22:42
- John 18:11
- 1 Peter 1:13-15
Also, for and even deeper study, look up the following words in your concordance and study the Scriptures; obedience, submitted, and consecrated.
See you next time!
In His Love and Service,
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