GREAT AMONG THE NATIONS

December 02, 2016 0 Comments

Here is another one of the December devotionals from my book: "STRENGTH FOR TODAY: A Daily Bible Study Guide". I chose this one to share because it reminds us that the election of a new President, significant as it is, is nothing compared to what is coming! Bible prophecy makes it clear that someday Jesus Christ, the "King of kings" will rule over the entire earth. What an encouraging truth for those of us who know Him personally as our Savior!

“From the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the nations; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and My name is to be feared among the nations.” (Mal. 1:11, 14)

This is one of the last prophecies of the Old Testament. Three times in this span of verses (Mal. 1:11-14), God declares that the day is coming when He will be “great among the nations.” This certainly was not true in Malachi’s day, because the Babylonian and Persian empires ruled the whole world, and Israel consisted merely of a small remnant of Jews who were allowed to be back in their homeland. They had no power or prestige among the nations of the world, as they did during the days of King David and King Solomon. God makes it clear in the text that His name "shall be" (future tense) great among the nations, which must have been a source of hope and comfort to an impoverished and politically insignificant remnant of Jews.
This prophecy fits in perfectly with the statements made by the other prophets of the Old Testament. “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.” (Isa. 59:19) “The Gentiles (nations) shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isa. 60:3)

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 14:16)

“It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the nations.” (Isa. 66:18-19)

“For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.” (Psa. 47:2)

In our contemporary culture, very few people (including some Christians) acknowledge the GREATNESS of our God. He is not receiving the “glory due unto His name.” (I Chr. 16:29) Most nations behave as if there is no God at all, let alone the fact that there is a God who is “over all nations.” But the day is coming—the day of which Malachi prophesies—when the Lord will truly be reverenced, feared, and worshipped “among all the nations.” This of course will happen during His millennial kingdom--that 1000 year rule and reign of Christ on earth so beautifully described by Isaiah and Zechariah.

Until then, let us who belong to Him give Him glory by our words and our actions. May we demonstrate to the world that He has supremacy and ruler-ship over our lives. He may not be King over the nations right now, but He certainly ought to be the King of our hearts. And one day, every nation on earth will bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. (Phil. 2:11)

In the words of the famous Christmas carol: "Let every heart prepare him room". For truly the Lord has come, and is COMING AGAIN. Joy to the World!

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.