Take a Knee
Lately, many men have begun the practice of " Taking a Knee", especially on Sundays. This is a good thing. I wish all men and women would develop the practice of knee taking, and not just on Sunday's, and not only in America. Recent news articles report men in other countries are taking a knee before they begin work. This too is good, given the right context. Taking a knee is nothing new, men have been doing it for thousands of years. Approximately four millennium ago, Egypt was the world's super power and Pharaoh ruled over all men. He promoted the young Hebrew slave, Joseph as second in command. When Joseph passed by the commoners in his chariot, the subjects would instinctively "Bow the knee!". In proper context, this was a symbol of honor, respect, and submission to their vice-regent. Likewise, those who love the Lord spend much time taking a knee in prayer, worship, praise and thanksgiving. Please take time to read Psalm 95:1-8, then continue with this article. -- Notice, in this context, it is the Lord God, Yahweh, the Almighty to whom we kneel as we give Him honor and adoration. Several things compel us to "bow before Him". First, we recognize that He owns us. We are the "people of His pasture". We belong to Him. He provides for us. He is greater than all others and deserves honor and respect. Next, He is creator of all things. He gave us life. He made the heavens and the earth. He holds all things in His hands. There are no other gods to worship. Thirdly, He gives us the free will to choose Him. By His wonderful grace, He promises us heavenly blessings beyond our imagination, "if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts..". That is a choice. Lastly, He is the "Rock of our salvation". There is salvation from the wrath of God which we would suffer as the wages of our sin had we not been "saved through faith. This salvation only comes through one man, Jesus, who is the anointed lamb of God. He is the rock who provides for our forgiveness, when we have faith in Him. He is the reason I bow my knees in worship to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His name is wonderful and God bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Will you choose to take a knee?
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