All this talk about kneeling in protest, hating on the NFL, the NBA, Tim Tebow, and Donald Trump. I say, “Get used to the kneeling.” It will be required of me and you one day. Lord, come quickly.
By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ Isaiah 45:23
The truth of the matter, the passage is saying that God is the only one who can save His people, as opposed to the idols that are worshiped by the nations. God is God and there is no other. Those who turn from their idols will be saved. Those who do not will be ashamed. The bottom line is that, before God, every knee shall bow and every tongue swear allegiance to God.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
With Christian humility we should not consider ourselves better than others. Rather, we should look out for the interests of others above our own. Paul uses Christ as the ultimate example of humility that we should follow. It was Christ in the very form of God, who emptied Himself and took on the form of a servant. In doing so, He became obedient to God to the point of death. He did this for the sake of His people. It is important to note the humiliation and exaltation of Christ. Christ first humbles Himself and then submits Himself in complete obedience to the Father. Afterwards, the Father highly exalts Him above all things. Paul quotes Isaiah 45:23 to say that at the feet of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
One day WE WILL ALL kneel. Many will do so gladly and willingly. Those who have hardened their hearts to the call of the gospel will do so with great fear and trembling. Keep spreading the gospel!
Let’s reach out to those that have something they feel oppressed by, and feel the need to protest because of it. Let’s humble ourselves and show them the love of Christ.