My most recent ABC posts have been: Kind words, Kind ways; Lord of my Life; Make me, Mold me, Move me. Today’s post is Name above all Names.
Name above all Names? In one point in time and history, all people spoke the same language. These people who lived in the land of Shinar, came together and said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top will reach heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the earth.” God, seeing the intentions of their proud heart, could not allow them to succeed with their self-seeking and power-hungry plans. They wanted to be as strong and mighty as God Himself, but He alone bears the Name above all Names. Therefore, while the people were in the midst of building their high tower, He confused their language; no one could understand what was being said to one another. As a result, the building process stopped, and the people scattered across the face of the earth. (See Gen. 11:1-9)
Name above all Names! There is only One who bears the Name above all Names, and that is Jesus. Jesus is one with God; Jesus is God incarnate. Scripture says, Jesus, who, existing in the form of God did not consider equaility with God a thing to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of men, and when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death–even death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow–of those who are in heaven and on earth–and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:6-11)
When looking at these two stories, I see one people group, unified for the purpose of making themselves great and powerful, with no regard of God at all. As a result, there was both confusion and dispersion. And then there is Jesus, King of kings, Lord of Lords, coming to earth as a bond-slave, and giving up His own life by dying on a cross for the sins of all people… for the purpose of unity. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. (Eph. 2:14) Wow, what a contrast.
I think it’s clear, especially in light of today’s turmoil, that there will never be unity without bowing to the One who can both give it and take it away. Scripture implores, Make your own attitude like that of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5, see His attitude in the above passage, Phil. 2:6-11).
What am I bending my knee to? Power? Pride? Agendas? Making a name for myself? How far am I willing to go before the One who loves me, stops me for my own good? Let each one of us, TODAY, bend our knee to the Name above all Names. And then, let each one of us, TODAY, rise up and live like Jesus did. Then, and only then, His peace and His unity will rest on us as an undivided people.