On Wednesday evening, 30 May 2018, at our Teaching Service, Pastor Curt Jones ministered the Word of God on the stages of honour. See the notes below:
The Stages of Honour:
- To acknowledge and notice someone.
2 Kings 3:9-14
“9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.
10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”
11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”
An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.[a]”
12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.”
14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.”
- Honour means to highly esteem someone.
- We can only honour someone if we notice and acknowledge them.
- There’s no monetary value drawn from honour. You get spiritual value in turn.
- The only way to increase the anointing that is upon your life is to honour God.
- Acknowledge God for who He is and what He does.
- If we acknowledge God, we will keep the Sabbath holy.
- Rest on the Sabbath. Your Sabbath is spiritual.
2. To listen to someone gladly.
“32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
Whose Son Is the Messiah?
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared:
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’
37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.”
- The common people heard Jesus gladly.
- When you honour someone you’re not easily distracted by devices.
- We must be present in conversations and listen to them gladly.
- Have good fellowship with your brothers and sisters.
3. Changing your behaviour or being in subjection.
“Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.”
- When you are in subjection to leadership it is a sign of honour.
- Your time will come, but now it is time to honour your leaders.
- If you do your part in the kingdom God will highly esteem you.
- God sees what we do for Him, and He waits for us. He is already interceding for us.
“8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!”
- Many times we are in subjection to the fathers of the flesh but we should rather be in subjection to the Father of the Spirit.
- In ministry, you should become very worried if people don’t speak to you anymore.
“67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer.”
- Jesus says in the passage, that He wouldn’t waste His breath any further, because the man wouldn’t listen.
4. To receive the agents and servants of the person you honour.
“9 He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard,rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!””
- God is the One who chooses us.
- God chooses whoever’s heart is right. He knows what is going on in our hearts.
- Be very careful not to judge the man of God for who God told him to place in authority.
- If you don’t honour God’s servants, He will destroy you.
5. To honour someone when they cannot hear or see you.
- Speak good and life about and into your leaders.
- Be careful what you say and do behind closed doors.
“50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
The Burial of Jesus
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.”
- Jesus didn’t know that Mary anointed His body, nor did He know that Joseph, went and begged to have the body of Jesus in order to wrap it in clean linen cloths.
- Words are very dangerous weapons. It is difficult to take them back. Be careful what you say about people.
6. To present a sacrifice to the person you honour.
“6 “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.
“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
7 “By offering defiled food on my altar.
“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LordAlmighty.
9 “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.”
- Sometimes we bring polluted sacrifices before God.
- Be careful when you bring your sacrifice before God. Pray over it first.
- Bring an acceptable sacrifice before the Father.
7. This is the level where God will honour us.
“6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[a]and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”“
- We will get to a point where God will honour us for honouring Him.
- Today we still speak of her (the lady mentioned in this parable in the above excerpt).
- What have we done for God? What have we brought to God?
We hope that this teaching has been a blessing to you. Stay tuned for more powerful teachings on the Word of God.