There are five different passages on the topic of God’s glory which I want to draw your attention to. The first one being where Jesus was getting ready for his triumphant entry on Palm Sunday. The second and third are from Job. The fourth is a verse from Philippians, and lastly is a verse from Revelation.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Jesus will be praised. He will be glorified. The Pharisees who already didn’t like Jesus very much came to him while He was coming close to the city. Jesus tells the Pharisees that if the disciples don’t praise Him, the stones will. Why did the Pharisees want the disciples to be quiet? Can you imagine an enemy coming into your city and stirring up a crowd of support? Jesus is still outside the city and his disciples are praising Him. The Pharisees know this will stir a crowd in Jerusalem, and they want to put a stop to it before it even gets started. Jesus’ reply is shocking. Jesus tells the Pharisees that if the disciples stay quiet, the stones will praise Him. Who has ever heard a stone talk? We see Jesus will be praised in the Glorious moments no matter what. So let’s see where else God will get praised.
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. 16 He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
In these passages, especially in chapter 1, Job has just lost everything. The first response from him after losing everything in verse 20 is humbling to himself and then it says he “worshiped.” How many people have you heard of, when they have just lost everything, worship God? Job has a right view of God as we can see from the two verses. Job said “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” He later said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” How much faith does it take to say these things? Knowing that God can do no wrong and that whatever you are going through is a test or character-building exercise from God. God knew that Job would not curse Him as the devil said Job would. James 1 says, “Count it pure joy when you face trials.” This has to be one of the hardest things to do. Joy in trials and tribulations? How is this even possible? From a human standpoint it isn’t, but with God all things are possible. We will give glory to God in ANY circumstance, whether we are following Jesus on the donkey into Jerusalem, or right after we have lost everything. Great is God and worthy of praise.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne,And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Finally, I conclude with these two passages. These are a foretelling of future events. We see from past events that Jesus’ name will be praised either by human mouths or by nature. David said, “the heavens declare the glory of God.” We see God being praised in the good times and in the bad times. Through the trials of life, God is close to those who are suffering. Then we see that God will receive future praise and glory. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This is an unending praise, even the enemies of God will eventually give him Glory.
So we see God being glorified in the good times by His disciples. If not the disciples, Jesus said the stones would praise His name. Then we see Job worshiped and praised God when he lost all his earthly possessions, and then later when he was afflicted with pain and disease. Finally, we know that in the future when we all get to heaven, we will praise God… But not just those of us in heaven, all of creation will bow the knee and bless the name of God, forever and ever!
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”
Are you using your life to give Glory to God as he commands?