Here are the words of Paul from Philippians 2:5-11: "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death--even death on a Cross! Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Jesus is the master of humility. Consider what He did for us as described by Paul. For Him to give us the blessings of salvation, redemption and eternal life He had to humble Himself by leaving His throne, being born of the flesh and submitting to cruel abuse, judgment, crucifixion and death, even though He had the power to stop it all. What humility and love!
The Book of Mysteries, by Jonathan Cahn, talks about the posture of humility—kneeling. Several Scriptures describe situations where the people of Israel knelt before the Lord. At the dedication of the temple built by Solomon, the glory of the Lord filled the temple. "When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord..." (2 Chronicles 7:3)
Individuals who approached Jesus to ask His help for themselves or their loved ones knelt before Him. "...A ruler came and knelt before Him and said, 'My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.'" (Matthew 9:18) A Canaanite woman came to Jesus on behalf of her demon-possessed daughter. "The woman came and knelt before Him. 'Lord, help me!’ she said." (Matthew 15:25)
Jesus Himself knelt down to pray to His Father in heaven while in the garden when He contemplated His crucifixion that was required for our blessing. (Luke 22:41) The Psalmist encourages us to take the posture of humility. "Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker." (Psalm 95:6)
Kneeling is a posture of humility and a way to worship the Lord. Jonathan Cahn points out that the Hebrew word "barach" has two meanings: bless and kneel. One must lower themselves in order to kneel. The Lord lowered Himself from heaven to earth and on earth to bring us blessings. As Paul says in Ephesians 1:3-4, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight."
How blessed we are! We should be on our knees, in humility before the Lord, thanking Him for every blessing.
Joan E. Mathias