Worthy, Part 1
A casual stroll through a drive thru at your favorite burger joint is chalked full of examples of it. A trip down to the local car dealership displays many flashy and enticing demonstrations of it. If a person is selling a house, the appraiser will provide documentation revealing in great detail it. The “it” in these scenarios is worth. The burger joint says you can get your burger for $5 plus tax if you throw in a small fry and beverage. The car dealership promotes “$0 Down and No Interest” (for qualified buyers of course). The home appraiser says your home is worth $280,000, even though you want to sell it for $350,000. It seems that our culture is overflowing with a constant display of how much things are worth. Even before technology and marketing schemes we as humans expressed this innate ability to determine value. In the Garden of Eden Eve demonstrated this ability by choosing for herself, contrary to the voice of her Creator, that the forbidden fruit was “good to eat” (Genesis 3:6). As we explore our devotional theme “Worthy,” the question asked today is: what does the Word say about the WORTHY-ness of Jesus? What sort of value is ascribed to Him?
Psalm 18 is a song of King David that was sung the day of his rescue from his enemies and from the hand of Saul. Verse 4 is a powerful verse and one of my personal favorites. “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” During the tumultuous season of war and strife David still found God to be worthy of praise and worship. During the height of his ministerial success, being likened to that of Elijah, the apostle John referenced another (Jesus) who would come after himself, of whom “the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie” (John 1). The writer of Hebrews even ascribes more glory to Jesus than to Moses, saying “[He] has been been counted worthy of more glory than Moses…” Perhaps a favorite among all of the mentions of Gods worthiness in the scriptures is that in the book of Revelation. John tells of a scene of heaven revealed to him where a mighty angel pronounces a loud question asking for one who is worthy to open the scroll (Revelation 5). After an uproar of disappointment finding not one to open the scroll, Jesus enters the scene as the Lamb who was slain, being the only one worthy.
It is clear throughout scripture that an evaluation of the worthiness of God is that He is most worthy to “receive glory and honor and power…” (Revelation 5:13). The question for us the believer is this: what worth have we ascribed to Him and how does that translate in our lives? Stay tuned in this devotional series as we continue to search the scriptures and the depths of our hearts in pursuit of the answer we so desperately need.