DEVOTIONAL – SEP 21
EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW
Leslie M. John
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11)
Paul quotes the scripture from the Old Testament and makes a point that everyone will stand before the LORD to be judged of one’s sin and give account to the LORD GOD, the Holy One of Israel, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the salvation and in Him is the salvation, and there is no salvation in any other.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
“And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones” (Isaiah 30:30)
To Israel, His children, the LORD gave rain in due season in order that the land may yield her increase and the trees of the field may yield their fruit (cf. Lev. 26:4), but to the Egyptians under Pharaoh, He gave them hail and rain, and flaming fire in their land.
In the land of Egypt, where Pharaoh was all in all, and where his pride and arrogance reached their peak, the plagues that he and his people suffered was apt. Fire ran along with hail upon the ground destroying every living creature. The ten plagues Egyptians suffered were signs and proofs of Jehovah’s outstretched arm against them and His presence in the land. The LORD redeemed His children physically from slavery when they cried unto the LORD with his mighty and outstretched arm.
God spoke to people in different periods of time in different ways. He spoke to the children of Israel by the prophets and protected them from harm by their enemies. He punished kings and mighty men of valor, who stood against His children. Yet, when the children of Israel worshipped idols He chastised them time and again.
God sent His one and only Son into this world to show His compassion and redeem all those who believe in Jesus as Lord. Jesus turned water into wine, increased five loaves and two fishes to feed multitudes of people, gave sight to the blind, brought dead Lazarus to life, and He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, in order that we may be saved. He suffered painful death upon the cross on behalf of us, in order that we may have everlasting life in abundance.
Every knee will bow before Him one day. It is time now to accept the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and be saved (cf. John 14:6). Rejection of His compassion will be very costly and they will face judgment at the ”great white throne” and all those whose names are not found in the ”book of life” will be cast into the ”lake of fire” (Cf. Rev. 20:15)
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:10)