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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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"Highly Exalted"

Message summary: Whatever happens may you have a deep awareness of this vital truth; Christ is highly exalted.

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"For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).

"Hyper" is how I (Stephen) would have been described as a child. That's probably politically incorrect and possibly offensive these days. Merriam Webster describes hyper as "extremely active". I've sort of grown out of it as I have aged but probably would still be described that way regarding my attention span!

These days hyperactive children are often diagnosed as having ADHD which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In my view many are diagnosed with this that would probably turn out OK w/o treatment and medication. But of course I'm not a psychologist (or a brain surgeon or rocket scientist for that matter!)

According to the Free Dictionary there are 1071 compound words that start with hyper. Several I'm familiar with but most are rather obscure. (This site appears to be for scrabble players). Many are medical terms such as hyperthyroidism, hyperglycemia and hypertension.

Hyper comes from a Greek word that is used many times in the New Testament often in compound words. In fact there are 25 of them. For many years I have encouraged people to consider a hapax legomenon* (single usage) in Romans 8:37 that states in the English, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." The three words "more than conquerors" translates a single Greek word hypernikomen. It also means "to gain a surpassing victory".

I taught Ester this concept many years ago and she will tell you she is a hypernikomen. We have a friend named Jimmy who has a condition known as Tourette's Syndrome along with other health problems. As we became friends I taught him about this word and he fully embraced its meaning for his life. On our way home we would often see him sitting out on his porch so we'd stop the car and holler out, "What are you, Jimmy?" and, with a broad smile, he would yell back to us, "a hypernikomen" (or overcomer).

Our pastor is preaching through Philippians and sometimes I follow along using a Greek interlinear New Testament. Last week our passage was Philippians 2:1-11 and I noted an interesting word in verse 9 that uses the word hyperypsōsen which is translated "highly exalted". This has the sense, make exceedingly high, i.e. to a very high degree; greatly exalt, extol; exalt to the highest place; "elevate exceedingly".

My Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament notes,

the force is not to describe a different stage in Christ's existence at His exaltation following the Resurrection but to contrast His exaltation with the claim of other high powers and thereby to proclaim His uniqueness and absoluteness.

What a blessing when we keep our focus on the timeless truth that "
God highly exalted Him (Jesus), and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Today we'll hear lots of noise. It may be distressing news. It may be the steady drumbeat of man's rebellion toward God and the consequences on the human race. It may be something that affects you personally.

Whatever happens may you have a deep awareness of this vital truth; Christ is highly exalted.

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, Jesus humbled Himself by descending from heaven to walk among us on earth in human form and He further humbled Himself by His obedience to death on a cross. Because of His deep humility You exalted Him to the highest place giving Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. What a powerful, wonderful, and beautiful name, the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Be highly exalted now and forevermore, Jesus. Amen.

* Hapax legomenon is a transliteration of Greek ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, meaning "(something) being said (only) once". In this case this is the only time in the Greek New Testament this word is used which is the case with both hypernikomen and hyperypsōsen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"What A Beautiful Name Video  Calvary Church Choir, Orchestra and congregation from a service last fall.

"Jesus, Name Above All Names"  Video  The Maranatha Singers

"He Is Exalted"  Video  Maranatha! Music  This song exalts God and rejoices in the fact that His kingdom will never end. When I sing or hear this chorus it always brings to mind an experience we had with Ester when she was about four years old. As a baby recovering from endocarditis following her first heart surgery Ester underwent IV therapy and one of the medications caused her to experience permanent hearing loss. Though she wore hearing aids through her elementary years certain word blends remained distorted and she memorized them the way she heard them.

Additionally her heart condition made it difficult for her to walk very far without shortness of breath so the easiest way to remedy that problem was to carry her on my shoulders. One afternoon I put her on my shoulders as Brooksyne and I headed into a large store in Seekonk, MA.  As I did so Ester broke into joyful song singing, "He is exhausted, the King is exhausted on high. I will praise Him.  He is exhausted, forever exhausted and I will praise His name." Well, Brooksyne and I had a good chuckle as we heard her singing these very mistaken words with a joyful and sincere heart.

"Is He Worthy?"  Video  Shane & Shane

"Christ Is Mine Forevermore"  Video  CityAlight

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