May 9, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 32

God directs his attention to Pharaoh in this chapter in the form of a lament. In Egypt during that time, the office of Pharaoh was considered to be on the level of God. Whoever held the position of Pharaoh embraced the idea of being God at varying degrees from sort of arrogant (Joseph’s experience in Genesis 41) to despicable (Moses’ experience in Exodus 5-15). Either way, God has declared justice on Pharaoh’s arrogance and is foreshadowing of the wrath Egypt is about to endure.

What I have noticed in my study of scripture over the years is that the message God is giving Pharaoh is a consistent message throughout scripture to us all.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (Proverbs 8:13)

The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, (Isaiah 2:17)

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:4)

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6)

I love James 4:6 because it summarizes the message of scripture and of the gospel. Anyone who thinks much of themselves and is prideful will be in direct opposition of the God of the universe. Spoiler alert, it never goes well for anyone. Yet, God shows favor to the humble. So what is humility? Humility is having a proper view of one’s self in light of who God is. It means realizing you were created by God for His glory and not your own. It means having confidence in which He has made you to be and that when He is the focus of your worship He will do amazing things in your life based on His power.
Please note that there is a difference between false humility and true humility. False humility is a self loathing or pity that is focused on yourself and you are sad that you are not good enough. True humility is a joyful realization that you are not good enough and you don’t have to be because He is good and gives us His righteousness through the blood of Christ. For those who are humble we have a father in heaven who draws near to us.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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