On this ever-slow journey of dissecting the names and nature of God. In part 1, I briefly touched on the Lordship of God. (click here to read about all about it). I explained the name Adonai as a Hebrew (OT) name for God which can be translated as Lord in English and signifies sovereignty.
The root word for Adonai which is adon denotes a master or a ruler or a man or husband. Equally so, the Greek language translate lord to mean kurious in the NT. Depending on its context kurios has several meanings for example, Sir in Matthew 27:63, Master or Owner in Matthew 10:24, Husband in 1 Peter 3:6, Idols in 1 Corinthians 8:5 and even Jesus as both Human and Divinity found in John 4:11 and Romans 10:9. According to Don Stewart of the Blue Letter Bible, the thought behind the word kurios is its recognition of supremacy and authority.
The word is lord is one used as a form of exclamation – an expression used to express one’s self or for emphasis: ‘lord, its cold!’. It is also used in compound titles of people of authority. For example, in the United Kingdom, we have the House of Lords or its members collectively. It is ascribed to a man of nobleman of rank or high office, a master or ruler.
If you haven’t guessed already, this post will be addressing the name of the Lord as Lord (pun intended).
In Christendom, we have many variations of go to worship anthems which has the name and title Lord in it. For example, the Adonai song. You know “Adonai, Adonai, Adonai, you reign on high… we will rise, in your name, Adonai, you reign on high”. As believers we proclaim this name and title of our Lord. Just as the Holy Spirit challenged me, and I write this as a form of exhortation and challenge to you also.
Out of Jesus’s many parables, one caught my attention the other day. Found in Luke 6, Jesus speaks on builders and foundations. Particularly, verse 46, which reads in bold letters…
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and [a]acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who [b]dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the [c]torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the [d]torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Every name of God reveals a different aspect of His being. His demeanour as a friend or a father differs from how He is as a Lord; a Master and Ruler. The evidence of your submission to a lord be it an idol in form of man or things or to God is rooted in your submission. Particularly, in verse 46, Jesus denotes that His Lordship over us as believers is best demonstrated in our obedience to His Word (Luke 6:46).
We find similar narrative in Matthew 7:21- 27; particularly in verse 21 which says…
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [b]acts on them, [c]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [d]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
We can extract a couple of noteworthy information from these verses highlighted in bold. For example, the entry into Heaven is dependent on doing (a verb, an action word) the father’s will. So, what is the will of the Father? God’s will for us can be found in His Word. For example, 1 Thessalonians 4:1:3, 1 John 3:23, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which says…. “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Or John 6:39-40 which says “…This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that HE has given ME I lose nothing but raise up on the last day. For this is the will of my father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” When you think will, think; what does God desire me to do? You come to learn this from His Word (a reason why the bible is so vital to us as believers).
Additionally, Jesus speaks of his declaration to reject those who fail to comply with the will of the Father. Those who instead practice lawlessness. Those who recognise the name, power and authority of Jesus Christ but never really submitted in obedience to His Lordship. Those who profess with their mouth alone that Jesus is Lord, but their life is in defiant of this proclamation by their actions.
Lastly, Jesus in these 2 main passages compares those who hear the word and act on them as wise men who built his house on the rock and compares the other to a fool. James 1:22-25 explains a very important principles which Jesus also alludes to in the passages above. Particularly in verse 22 which says “… but prove yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves”.
So, I exhort you, let us not be those who deceive ourselves in our proclamation of the Lordship of Christ yet are unsubmitted unto Him. Those who profess Lord Lord with our mouth but lead disobedient lives aside the commands of His Word.
Let us be those who know God as Father, Friend and as Lord and Master not only through our words but in action.