Among God's many names and titles is one that proclaims His supremacy over all others: "Most High God" or "God Most High." This name is first used when Melchizedek meets Abram after his victory over the kings who had taken Lot and his family captive. David Grabbe traces the usage of this divine name through the Bible, illustrating how it should give us confidence in God's governance over our lives.
David Grabbe asserted that Benjamin Franklin, in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, called for a prayer at the beginning of each session of Congress, suggesting that as the Most High is concerned about every sparrow that falls, He must likewise be mindful of every new government arising. The term "Most High" was actually first used in the meeting of Abram and Melchizedek, in the context of deliverance, redemption, blessing, or intervening in the lives of Abraham's descendants, including the event of the Passover. The term "Most High" connotes His Providence, deliverance, and faithfulness. God has promised us protection against our enemies, the principalities of darkness. The Passover is a blessing the Most High has given us so we can be victorious in our spiritual battles.
Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the world with all its Christmas celebration, has depleted all the precious meaning from the actual event, depriving us of the glory of what really happened in the announcement of Christ's birth. Luke, having incredible literary skills, gives us the journalistic "who," "what," "when," "where," and "why" of Christ's birth in a concise and palatable form. A fresh reading of Luke's account reveals the rich prophetic significance of this event, unraveling some doctrinal heresies of the world's religions (Mary worship, nature of Holy Spirit, and time of Christ's birth) and the comfort of the overshadowing presence of God. Mary's and Joseph's thoughtful, reflective, humble, obedient, and submissive examples provide a sterling pattern for us to emulate.
The name of God is important—so important that He included its proper use among His Ten Commandments. What is His name? Martin Collins shows how God's names reveal His character to us. Includes the inset, "A Sampling of the Names of God."
The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment
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