Exalted Word Nerd Wednesday Kelsey Remmelts

Word Nerd Wednesday – Exalted

My friend and fellow Word Nerd, Kelsey, joins us for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday with the word exalted!

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Exalted

“Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit,

He has poured out what you both see and hear.”

Acts 2:33

The word exalted conjures up a sense of royalty and in my opinion, should be used sparingly in our conversations and written words. 

The definition from Merriam Webster is 1) to raise in rank, power, or character  2) to elevate by praise or in estimation 3)to raise high**. 

Of course you could use it to describe someone elected to office, promoted at work, or honored for humanitarian efforts, but it sounds out of place.  Where it seems natural to me is in the Bible, specifically in describing the actions of God and Jesus. 

Exalted Defined

“Exalt” derives from the Latin word exaltare meaning to “raise, elevate” from ex- “out, from within” + altus “high”.***  The Strong’s Greek 5312 defines exalt: (a) I raise on high, lift up, (b) I exalt, set on high. From hupsos; to elevate. ****

Acts Chapter 2 recounts how the disciples had come together to celebrate Pentecost and Peter delivered a sermon to the Jews in Jerusalem.  He recounted the words of the prophet Joel in describing the coming of Jesus and reminded the Jews how He died to save mankind and was resurrected to sit with God, His Father.  Because Jesus fulfilled the prophecy, He was raised in rank, power, and character to be by the side of God.  In using the word exalted, Peter illustrated not only the resurrection of Jesus, but exactly where He was raised, and where He stands next to God. 

Exalted in the Bible

Per the Concordance in my Bible*, exalted is referenced nine times.  As I reviewed the scripture, I saw a pattern develop in the timeline of the chapters.

The first five scriptures were in the Old Testament and are used in speaking about God and how He is exalted above all. 

“The Lord lives-may my rock be praised!  God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.”*

2 Samuel 22:47

“Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me; let us exalt His name together.”*

Psalm 34:3

“God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.”*

Psalm 57:5

“God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.”*

Psalm 57:11

 “For You, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; You are exalted above all the gods.”*

Psalm 97:9

The next scripture which uses exalt is in Proverbs where it explained about living a life following God’s laws will raise up His people.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”*

Proverbs 14:34

Moving into the New Testament, exalt is used three more times.  Once by Jesus in his teaching to others, once to describe Jesus’ authority and the last time addresses what each of us should do:

 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”*

Matthew 23:12

“For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name..”*

Philippians 2:9

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”*

James 4:10

Jesus Exalted

I find it fascinating as limited as this word is used in the Bible; it seems perfect in describing God, Jesus, His people, and those of us who accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Because God, who is exalted, sent Jesus to be sacrificed, resurrected, and exalted to cover the sins of all His people.  If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and His blood covers our sin, we too will be exalted into God’s Kingdom forever.   

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Resources:

* The Study Bible for Women, Holman Christian Standard Bible Copyright 2014 by Holman Bible Publishers Nashville TN

**https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exalted

***https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=exalt

****https://biblehub.com/parallel/acts/2-33.htm

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Meet Kelsey

Exalted Word Nerd Wednesday

My journey involves grief, faith, hope, love, and continues to grow and mature.  I am awestruck at how God uses my pain to define, develop, and deepen my character. 

I am a widow, wife, mother of three beautiful children, and grandmother of two who make me smile daily.  I volunteer for an awesome non-profit called Ragan’s Hope who supports families with critically ill or injured children.  My blog is about revealing hope in the daily grind of life.  Check it out at
https://amensistablog.wordpress.com
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Exalted Word Nerd Wednesday Kelsey Remmelts

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