The Online Christian Fellowship
(The Church in the Web)
14th April, 2020
Topic: Righteousness and Exaltation
Text: Prov. 14:34; 2Kings 18:1-18; 20:1-6; Matt. 6:13.
In today’s Bible Study, I want to look at a topic I titled Righteousness and Exaltation. I will start by examining the meaning of the two operating words in this topic Righteousness and Exaltation.
Def. Righteousness means living a life acceptable to God; doing and living a lifestyle is in agreement with God’s standard, and also in obedience to the word of God: conforming to God’s standard. It means for someone to be blameless before God and man.
This is now throwing out other salient words that will form the key to today’s study. The highlighted words in that definition emphasized the importance of someone to be righteous.
Def. Exaltation is the state where one is elevated in rank or position to a higher reckoning. To the believer, exaltation means when God lift him higher or appreciates based on your fellowship with Him. It also means to be lifted in Divine favor and promotion.
Following this line of thought, I will say Righteousness and Exaltation means when we experienced a Divine favor, or blessing, or promotion because of our living a lifestyle pleasing, and in agreement ant is acceptable to God.
Our text in the book of Proverbs put succinctly; 14:34, “Righteousness exalted a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Meaning that when a nation, or a people, or the church lives a righteous life; a lifestyle pleasing to God, He will lift that nation, the people, or the church.
There will be a Divine favor in that church. So when we talk about Divine healing in a nation or a people, as the present situation we have in the world, and we are expecting the Lord to do that then we have to live a life that will please Him.
We might be tempted to ask at this point why did God allow this calamity to befall the world? Even when we do not want to answer that question, one thing is becoming clear. He is closing down all the institutions that are taking our attention from him.
We have become so sentimentally attached to the world and its possessions, to where the church is regarded as the large magnificent edifice and cathedrals we construct in our cities.
Acts 7:48, “Howbeit the Most High, dwelleth not in temples made with hand; as saith by the Prophet,” Acts 17; 24-28, god that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands:
Neither is worshiped with men hand, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life and breath, and all things……… For in him we live and move, and have our being: as certain also of your own Poets have said, ‘for we are also his offspring.’”
He has allowed the present season to draw us away from those edifices to appreciate Him from our heart; for that’s where he dwells. So, our righteousness is accepting the reality that he lives in us and knows when we have deviated from His will and His Word.
1. Example of God’s favor. 2Kings 18:1-8; 20:1-6.
There are lots of old-timers in the Bible days for us to draw an example from about their righteousness. We will limit our study to King Hezekiah, for the sake of space and time in this study. He manifested righteousness in his reign in Judah.
He destroyed all the idols, pull down all the strongholds and altar of idol worship, and committed his people to trust God. As a result, God exalted him and prospered him.
2Kings 18:6-7, “For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandment, which the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him, and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the King of Assyria and served him not.”
Phil. 2:5-11, “…. But himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross……”
Though Christ was representing God in the world, he was obedient to God and became an ordinary man, and He exalted him higher.
In 2Kings 20:1-6, Hezekiah, because he was righteous, could talk over his situation with God when he was sick; his death was postponed for another 15 years, giving him the opportunity to subdue all his adversaries: you can do the same.
2. Condition for Divine Exaltation: Matt. 6:25-34.
You may have so many worries and troubles trying to exalt yourself by your efforts. But the most important thing is that God knows all our needs and he will provide for us, but we must seek Him out first today. Don’t say I will do that tomorrow, or after the Pandemics is over.
What stops you today looking up to heaven and saying “Lord have mercy on me. I have sinned and do not hold your righteousness as seriously as I should have. I do that now, have mercy on me and draw me to yourself.”
If you sincerely do that, it will amaze you at the peace the Lord will give to you today and remove the worry, fear, and anxiety of the season we are passing through.
The Lord exalted Abraham, David, Hezekiah, Daniel, and all the people we read about in the Bible. Do you trust Him enough to walk righteously? Seek the Lord today and he will open a door for you.