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BEND THE KNEE

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Introduction

open Phil 2 10-11 ;2 Chr 6:13
Philippians 2:10–11 NASB95
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
"Kneeling.
Position often denoting worship, respect, or submission. A strong knee symbolically implied a man with strength of faith and purpose, and thus bowing the knee indicated submission to a superior. The knee was bowed before a king, a ruler, a governor, or God. Genesis 41:43 describes the people who were kneeling before Pharaoh and Joseph. Kneeling in reverence before the Lord was common (Is 45:23; Rom 14:11; Phil 2:10). In a time of famine, when the Israelites turned away from the Lord, those who remained faithful were described as “all the knees which have not bowed to Baal” (1 Kgs 19:18; Rom 11:4).
As firm knees represented strength, so smiting those knees represented the destruction of that power (Dt 28:35). Isaiah pleaded with the Lord for the strengthening of weak knees (Is 35:3). Weak or feeble knees were terms generally used to show a lack of firmness of faith (Jb 4:4; Heb 12:12), but could sometimes refer to failing health (Ps 109:24). Ezekiel referred to those who had knees as weak as water (Ez 7:17; 21:7).
Kneeling before the Lord was a posture representing worship (Ps 95:6) and also prayer (Dn 6:10). Christ himself knelt to pray in the garden of Gethsemane (Lk 22:41), and Peter, Paul, and Stephen all set the same example (Acts 7:60; 9:40; 20:36; 21:5). Solomon knelt in prayer and supplication before the Lord (1 Kgs 8:54), and even on one occasion had a scaffold built so that he could climb up and be seen by the whole congregation of Israel kneeling before the Lord (2 Chr 6:13).
Some knelt in penitence, as Ezra did at the evening sacrifice (Ezr 9:5), and Peter when begging the Lord’s forgiveness for his lack of faith and trust (Lk 5:8). Those who were beseeching the prophet knelt before him as God’s representative (2 Kgs 1:13), and many came kneeling and begging the Lord for healing (Mt 17:14; Mk 1:40). Daniel knelt in wonder and awe before an angel (Dn 10:10), and a sign of Belshazzar’s fear was the trembling of his knees (Dn 5:6). In the NT a regal and patient Christ is subjected to the taunting and mockery of the soldiers who knelt before him and cried “Hail, King of the Jews” (Mt 27:29; Mk 15:19).

They didn’t know It

but they were demonstrating what every knee will do; the truth of our text today is that there is not one knee that will not bow! Every knee shall bow: white knees will bow, brown knees will, yellow knees will bow, black knees will bow, and rainbow knees will bow. Every knee will bow.
i need to go on record today and tell you that Buddhist knees will bow, Hindu knees will bow, Jewish knees will bow, and Islamic knees will bow,
(Parenthetically)
Worship in Buddist tradition takes the form of devotion to Buddha and to Bodhisattvas. Worshipers may sit on the floor barefoot facing an image of Buddha and chanting. They will listen to monks chanting from religious texts, perhaps accompanied by instruments, and take part in prayers.
Hindu worship is primarily an individual act rather than a communal one, as it involves making personal offerings to the deity. Worshipers repeat the names of their favourite gods and goddesses, and repeat mantras. Water, fruit, flowers and incense are offered to god
When I searched the internet for resources on how Muslims pray, the response sent me into shock. Because Muslims pray 5 times a day. But, I went a little bit further and discovered that in each of those 5 times that they pray, the posture of the prayer is kneeling. I gotta tell you, that blows my mind because although Muslims can pray to God at any time, there are five prayers they are obligated to perform throughout the day where they must bent the knee.
, Every knee…
I ain’t trying to be disrespectful or intolerant of any other religion, but i do need to tell you that there is a name above every name. Paul said it is not just “a” name, it is “the” name!
I guess that’s why it troubles the godly part of my soul that kneeling is not something that postmodern Christians do with regularity. That is tremendously problematic because bowing is essential to standing. It has been said that “the person who bows before the Lord can stand before anyone.”
This message is intended to confront, challenge, and change our hearts, minds, and souls to the point where we allow our knees to Bow to the name of Jesus.
Let’s Touch the text:
The Apostle tells his readers to be like Christ, who bowed the knee to the Father. The text says “although He was in the form of God” (in the form of God Refers to Jesus’ preexistence and divine characteristics), “He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.”
a thing to be grasped:
The Greek word used here, harpagmos, is difficult to interpret because it appears only here in the Bible. It seems to mean “robbery” or “something to be seized by force.” Paul may be saying that Christ did not consider equality with God, which He already possessed, something to be exploited for selfish gain. Alternatively, Paul could be saying that Christ did not consider the state of being equal to God to consist in acts of grasping and taking. Either way, Paul’s emphasis is on Christ’s humble attitude and refusal to act selfishly despite His equality with God.
Instead of Insisting on His rightly deserved position He emptied Himself
The Greek verb used here, kenoō, refers to Jesus pouring out. In light of v. 6 and 8, this seems to imply that Jesus laid aside His rights as God in order to become the world’s servant.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus encouraged His disciples to follow this example (Mark 10:45). Paul urges the Philippians to do the same.

ILLUSTRATION: Full of Ourselves
We can all use some help in this area. All of us are just plain ole “full of ourselves”.
And became a man who, for Love’s sake, died on a cross. Yes, the cross will always represent the Love God has for me, where the Lord of Glory, heaven sent was crucified for me.
In Jewish tradition, being hung on (or from) a tree—and later the cross, because it was made of wood—was a sign of God’s disapproval (Deut 21:23; Josh 8:29; Gal 3:13). In the Roman Empire, the cross served as a symbol of Roman power and authority; a person who was crucified was considered a threat to the empire. Christ’s death turned the cross—a symbol of judgment and rebellion—into an instrument of God’s power to liberate (1 Cor 1:18).
Deuteronomy 21:23 NIV84
you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Joshua 8:29 NIV84
He hung the king of Ai on a tree and left him there until evening. At sunset, Joshua ordered them to take his body from the tree and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks over it, which remains to this day.
Galatians 3:13 NIV84
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV84
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Because He humbled Himself(For this reason also), God exalted Him. But not only that but the text says that He gave Him “the name which is above every name." Because of Jesus’ obedient, self-emptying death on the cross, God exalted Him to the highest place of honor (compare Acts 2:36). Paul is likely referring to Jesus being called “Lord” (in kyrios in Greek)—the Septuagint (ancient Greek translation of the OT) term used for Yahweh (e.g., Isa 42:8). In this case, the name signifies Jesus’ exalted status and unique relationship with God the Father. Another possibility is that the name God gives is “Jesus” (iēsous in Greek); Paul explicitly mentions this name in Phil 2:10. This implies that God instilled the name “Jesus” with the highest honor when He exalted Christ. It also is possible that Paul is referring not to a personal name but to a title. In this view, this new title denotes Jesus’ exalted status alongside God.

SO THAT, AT THE NAME OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE WILL BOW...

in Worship
in Respect
in Submission
We don’t have to wait until we see him face to face, we can do it right now if our hearts, minds, and souls are in the right place today.

O, Come let us worship and bow down;

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