Holiday Thoughts 1

Exodus 20: 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourthgenerations of those who hate Me… 7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

Psalm 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

1 Timothy 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

We live in a day and time where it is thought to be funny if we use God’s name as a curse word or as a way to curse others. It is thought to be no big deal for people to use God’s name in such a common way. However, the first four commandments (of the Ten) are built around the name of God and how we are to treat His name with reverence and awe. The first petition of the Lord’s Prayer teaches us that our first priority in prayer is to pray for the name of God to be hallowed (treated with reverence and awe). Since God is holy, holy, holy, all human beings are to treat His name as holy and to be before Him with reverence.

When we think of the name of God we are to think of His name as standing for all He is and all that specifically has to do with Him. His name is holy, that is, He is holy and all that has to do with Him is holy and as such we are to treat Him and all that has to do with Him in a holy way as well. The Scriptures are a revelation of God and as such they are termed the “Holy Scriptures” and termed that correctly. The worship of God is to be done with reverence as well, though this is not the same thing as following a rote ritual with a bowed head. The very rejoicing we are to do before God is to be done with trembling. In fact, there is no acceptable service to God apart from reverence and awe.

When we think of worship we should always think of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no worship that can reach the Father (so to speak) that does not go to Him through Christ. He is the only acceptable way and the only possible way to the Father. As we learn in John 14, if we truly understand who Christ is only then do we understand anything of the Father. When Jesus said to Thomas, He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” everything should come to a stop and let us be careful how we think of Jesus. He is, after all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 14:5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. 7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘? 10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

In light of these verses and the powerful thoughts they contain, how are we to think of Jesus around December 25th each year? We must not just sing little songs and think of baby Jesus as the only acceptable worship of the living God is with reverence and awe. It is so easy and common to think of the humanity of Jesus this time of year as something apart from His full divinity. However, to do so is nothing less than idolatry and false worship. We do no worship because we pay attention to something on a religious holiday, but we only worship when we worship in truth, reverence, and awe. Jesus Christ was God in human flesh and He was and is to be treated as such at all times and in all ways.

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