Our Deepest Need
“I am Lord, that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” (Isaiah 42:8). There is one name that is unique to the God of the Bible. This name is Yahweh-an transliteration is Jehovah ( as we learned from Pastor’s Tim’s previous sermon series on the names of God). In English translations of the Old Testament, whenever we find the word “Lord”, it is the translation of the name Yahweh. Yahweh is sacred! Yahweh is The Covenant keeping name of God and the relationship to humanities name of God!
Let us look back for a moment at the “fall of man” in Genesis chapter 3. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had Made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1). Note here that the CRAFTY serpent (Satan), removed the name Lord (signifying covenant and relationship) when he said, “Did God really say”. Satan’s full intention was to break apart and destroy the intimate “relationship” that Adam and Eve had with their Lord God and pivot them into separation from God through sin. Eve repeats the removal of Lord in verse 2. “The women said to the serpent, “we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden.” But God did say, “you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” (Genesis 3:2-3). Two more times we see “Lord” removed in the verse by Satan. “You will not certainly die,” For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4) It is very interesting to make mention that as we continue to read, when the author records the name “God”, he places the sacred name “Lord” back into the remainder of the chapter to read “Lord God,” signifying the restoration of covenant and relationship of our Sovereign Creator and Redeemer.
This very chapter was a “WOW” moment for me!
Our Abba Father desires and longs to be Our Lord God over every aspect of our being. Are you giving God authority over your spirit, soul, and body? Perhaps like me at times, you took a detour and allowed yourself to be Lord instead of allowing God to be Lord. Nothing hurts my heart more than when my Loving Father gently reminds me that I have allowed an Idol to stand in between us.
A fact worth noting, in Matthew 26: 21-25 we find that all the disciples except for Judas acknowledge Jesus as Lord! They were sad and began to say to him one after the other, “surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”...Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi.” Yet another attack by the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy the covenant relationship with Lord God. You see, Satan doesn’t care if we call out to God, believe there is a God, or attend church. What he fears is when we acknowledge God as our Lord, and when we pursue an intimate relationship with our Abba Father.
Is Jesus the Lord of your life?
By right of redemption, we belong to Jesus Christ. If he is our Lord we must allow him to take first place in our lives over everything we know. At the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, we must seek daily to freely submit every area of our lives under the sovereign authority, rule, and discipleship of Christ. Lordship is the essential in living a life free indeed. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Let’s intentionally pursue an intimate relationship with our Lord God. Just as Jesus cultivated His relationship with Abba by spending time with Him, it’s important for us to cultivate our relationship with the Father.
We don’t make Jesus Lord, He is Lord!