Monday, November 12, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Judgement against Pride
Isaiah 2:10-22
Pride goes before the Fall Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty (Isa 2:10).
Cedars, Oaks, Mountains, Hills, Towers, Fortified Walls, Ships of Tarshish, and "all the beautiful craft"... What do all of these have in common? They are "proud and lofty" (v. 12). As it goes it the story of a proud stag that was proud of its antlers but ashamed of its ugly legs... when the hunter comes, his antlers gets entangled in a bush endangering its life but the so called ugly legs saves its life. Often the things that we are proud of are the ca uses our fall..
We all know the proverb, "Pride goes before the Fall". Pride and arrogance stands in contrast to the kingdom values. Only the name of the Lord should be exalted. Arrogance and Pride should be dismantled for the furtherance of God's kingdom. Today, people take pride in their possession, position and profession. Accumulation and illogical or irresponsible spending are the counterparts of this Culture of Pride.
This passage also declares judgement on the arrogant and proud. In Genesis 11, "Yahweh dismantles there plan to build the tower of Babel because they wanted to make a name for themselves. In other words, they wanted to take the glory. But in Genesis 12: 2, Lord says to Abram, "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing...' Here, God is getting the glory. Matthew 5: 16 says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

O Lord, let humility be ours and glory and honor be yours now and forever, Amen.
God looks down upon the proud and brings their downfall.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church