OBEDIENCE AND SUBMISSION [two]
God spoke directly to the hearing of Israel.
(…continues from part one…)
2) Psalm 68:30 “Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.” This psalmodic exaltation, sung on Davidic harp, commences with the first verse: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him” [Psalm 68:1]. David got this from the Mosaic “Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee” [Numbers 10:35]. Like Moses, King David is invoking the conquering presence of his God to reprimand the world powers for taking sides with the Antichrist. The ‘spearmen’ are Arabs and Egyptians. The empire of Rome is the bestial bulls of the Antichrist, the beast from the bottom of the waters. It will take the bestiality of unregenerate hordes of calves known of arrogance of powerful nations to stand in defiance of the word of God. Unbelieving nations must be brought to their knees and be subject to the submission that will lead to submitting their substances to the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 81:15 “The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.” Failure to be humbled before the thrice holy God brings a curse on a person’s life. Rejection of the Most High culminates in not partaking in the eventual blissful life in heaven. God wants to bless mankind with angelic life; that is the reason for His insistence on man’s submission to Him. 1Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” True love must be an attraction of submissiveness. The word ‘love’ in this verse is agapao (a-ğa-paō’): ‘to love (in a social or moral sense).’ The requirement of obedience seen in the appropriateness of love is evinced in the words of Jesus found in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Submission to God’s will comes with an unimaginability of eternal blissfulness.
“…through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…”
Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Paul, in this verse, accuses the Jews of voluntarily ignoring God’s only plan of salvation, found only in Jesus Christ. Christ, appropriately, is the true righteousness of God, who is Himself deity according to Peter. 2Peter 1:1-2 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,” to whom the Jews have refused to submit. The true Greek rendition of “through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” is in this wise: “in the knowledge of our God and Saiviour, Jesus Christ” or “in the righteousness of Him who is (at once) our God and (our) Saviour, Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ, grammatically, is in apposition to ‘God and our Saviour’. Not submitting to Jesus is tantamount to showing disrespect to God the Father. How I know this is of the Scriptural, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), where the neuter ‘one’ is the Greek heis (hice) meaning: ‘one or essence’. Christ and the Eternal FATHER are of the same essence of Divinity.
1Corinthians 16:16 “That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.” Paul enjoins the Church to submit to the authorities of Timothy and the family of Stephanas who were workers in the Church vineyard. They operate under the leadership of Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ and to reject them is a rejection of the Person of Jesus, the Saviour. For submissiveness to be apropos it must undergo Christ acclimatisation. Scriptural submission must be a certification of biblical couch.
Ephesians 5:21, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” This Pauline verse teaches humility among children of God. This submission finds itself in the locational sphere of reverence to the word of God. It is not borne out of guileful pleasing art. Colossians 3:18 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” Two things, I have always maintained, are the solutions to a successful marriage. The husband must love his wife; and the wife is scripturally expected to submit to her husband. ‘Submit’ in Greek is hupotasso (hï-po-tas’-sō): ‘1. to subordinate. 2. (reflexively) to obey.’ This Greek word comes from two roots of hupo (hï-po’) prep. ‘1. under. 2. (of place, genitive) beneath;’ and tasso (tas’-sō): ‘to arrange in an orderly manner.’ When you put hupotasso together what it says to the wife is: ‘package yourself very well and place it under your husband.’ The husband is the head of the family. The Greek for ‘head’ is kephale (ke-fa-lee’), meaning ‘the head (as the part most readily taken hold of); origin and source.’
He rose for our justification
Say this prayer, meaning it with all your heart:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
Read part one here