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Re: Name and Claim?  (Isaiah45:9-12)

"Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, and the One who formed him 
[Israel]...  Do you give command to Me about My sons, and about the work 
of My hands?" (~Is45:11)  

There is an aberration today which presumes to proclaim: "In the name of 
Jeeezzzusss, I COMMAND...!!!" If somebody should suggest that it isn't 
right to make such assumptions toward God, they are quick to remind the 
chider of Jesus' words, "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." 
(Jn14:14)  See? The reason you are not 'experiencing' any miracles (like 
we are!) is "..you do not have, because you do not ask." (Jac4:2)

In the past I've expressed a little about my own relationship with God. 
I don't much ask for things. Why? Because, when it comes right down to 
it...I don't know 'what' to ask for. Jesus said to "ask", but John also 
clarifies that we need to ask "according to His will". (1Jn5:14) And 
many people's requests are not heard because: "You ask and do not 
receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your lusts." 
(Jac4:3) But when it is something that is His will, "...your Father 
knows the things you have need of [even] BEFORE you ask Him." (Mt6:8) 
And about restored Israel, Israel in right standing with God during the 
Millennium, God promises, "And it shall come to pass that, before they 
call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear." 
(Is65:24)

Rather than asking for things, I have learned it is better to "wait upon 
Jehovah." (Pr27:14) Rather than asking for things 'for' PB, rather: 
"..what do You have in mind for me to do?" (Ac9:6) I have seen the mess 
that PB is capable of mixing up. And I have seen the Lord take from out 
of that mess, and form something according to His will. There are many 
who multiply words, thinking they are praying to God: "In the abundance 
of words there is no end of transgression, but he who restrains his lips 
is prudent." (Pr10:19)  

Why this diminution of self...?

In the context of the opening passage, which is speaking about Cyrus and 
Israel (but we can make application for ourselves), God says: "Woe to 
him who strives with the One who formed him, a potsherd among the 
potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to the one who forms it, What 
are you making? Or your work, He has no hands?  Woe to him who says to 
his father, What are you begetting? Or to the woman, What are you 
writhing over?" (Is45:9-10)  

When a person presumes to make 'demands' upon God, it is tantamount to 
proclaiming that God has made a mistake regarding where/what my life is. 
Too often we forget to 'shudder/tremble' in God's presence, and to 
remember, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living 
God." (Heb10:31) And again: "Who knows the power of Your anger? For as 
is the fear of You, so is Your wrath." (Ps90:11) Thus, when Israel made 
their continual offerings before God, part of their worship included the 
acknowledgment, "Oh, give thanks unto Jehovah, for He is good; for His 
mercy is eternal." (1Ch16:34)  You want words for "worship songs"? These 
are the Scriptural ones! God is good. Even though I'm a rotten sinner 
and am coming confessing my sins, I know I can do so because I 
understand God's ETERNAL MERCY. In this one little item, the catholics 
have it right, the way their mass begins, Kyrie eleison: "Lord have 
mercy!" God is merciful. Thus, I "give thanks" to Him. 

When a person is properly requesting God's mercy, there is no room for 
demands! When a person is demanding from God, that is (by definition) 
the opposite of seeking His mercy. And God pronounces "Woe" to such.

Over and over in the Scriptures, when you read somebody's prayer to God, 
or their acknowledgment of who He is, there is the continual statement 
that God "created all things", that He "made the heavens and earth". 
(Eph3:9, Rev4:11, 2Ki19:15, 1Ch16:26, 2Ch2:12, Neh9:6, etc)

To make demands upon God, to 'command' Him, is to refute His Lordship 
over His creation. He proclaims: "I have made the earth, and created man 
on it; I, with My hands, have stretched out the heavens; and all their 
host have I ordained." (Is45:12)  The primary thing man rejects about 
God is that He is the "Creator". Thus, they proclaim things like 
evolution. They reject the Bible as God's final authority in all things 
because it boldly proclaims in its opening salvo, "In the beginning God 
created the heavens and the earth." (Gen1:1)

When God allowed Job to be tested by satan, Job demands: Let me talk to 
God face-to-face, man-to-man, and present my case. (Job16:21, 31:35-37, 
etc) And then as God presents His case to Job through His creation 
(chs38-41), what does Job say? "Behold, I have been vile! What shall I 
answer You? I have put my hand to my mouth.  Once I have spoken, but I 
will not answer; yea, twice, but I will proceed no further." (Job40:4-5)

Many today arrogantly proclaim themselves to be little 'gods'. But what 
is needed by them, instead, is to follow Job's example... 

"If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or if you have devised 
evil, lay your hand over your mouth." (Pr30:32)  

Amen!