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Strong Tower

Towers in ancient cities were the ultimate defensive and offensive position. They gave a strategic advantage by surveying the city's defensive positions on its walls and obtaining an unimpeded view of the battlefield beyond. They could be used as a look out from which to see danger approaching and they were the last protection for city occupants should the walls be breached. They could also be used as potential energy sources accessing gravity with stored liquids for pressurized dispersal in the city and they were used to communicate information over great distances. Solomon was well aware of towers using them throughout his kingdom. In writing words of wisdom he said, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:19) He knew that calling on God's name whether that be Lord, Jehovah, Almighty, Elohim or other Old Testament names would bring protection, confidence, and energy to move forward. Merely calling on His name was …

Worthless

There is much said about idolatry in the Old Testament. The first and second commandments of the Ten given by God to Moses on Mt.Sinai as the people of Israel were being formed into a nation stressed "no other gods before me" and "shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." (Exodus 20:3-4) But we know that this is what they did, starting at the base of Mt.Sinai with a golden calf, then in the promise land worshiping the pole with the serpent on the top that Moses had made in the wilderness to heal those bitten by the snakes. Further, King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assria and "saw an altar in Damascus and sent to Uriah the priest a sketch of the altar with detailed plans for its construction…so Uriah built the altar" in Samaria, his capital city. (2 Kings 16:10-11) On and on it went, altars, high places, Asherah poles, sacred stones, bowing down to al…

Reverence and Hope

In the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, on the Pelennor Fields in front of the city of Minas Tirith gathered a great multitude of Orcs, Trolls and other evil forces to attack it. In the midst of the battle on the hill just to one side appears 6,000 riders from Rohan, a powerful lot of men on horses. They cry out and begin their descent onto the fields and pour head long into Sauron's forces using the brute strength of the horse's bodies to crush their adversaries. The fortress of the Hornburg at Helm's Deep also saw Gandalf the White coming at a crucial moment with Erkenbrand and a thousand cavalry. They too pressed through the Orcs and Uruk-hai trampling and dispersing them. These two scenes are powerful as men and beasts battled devious creations. But God said through the psalmist about all war, "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing lo…

Meditate

How often do you sit back, declutter your mind and think about what God has done? The great things He has accomplished and is accomplishing. This should not be a random act but a regular activity. The psalmist said, "I will meditate on your wonderful works." (Psalm 145:5b) Further he said, "When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." (Psalm 8:3-9) These are but a few of the majestic things God has made. Isn't it time to praise the One who is the King, …

Resurrection Significance

There are lots of stories about the undead walking about and causing havoc. They are called zombies and even a move has been made about this, World War Z. These seemed to be ones that are resurrected but are still seen trapped in their human state and really mad about it. When you share your life with Christ with another person, does it seem to them you are talking about a zombie or a resurrected individual that is in a new state beyond his humanness? This is an element that most of us have not been encouraged to add to our witness, that is, the resurrection of Christ. The message of the good news about Jesus includes his humanity and his death on the cross as the Lamb of God. This is a reference to the sacrificing of a lamb for sin which was at the heart of Old Testament worship in the Tabernacle and later the Temple. Jesus had to come to earth, live as a man and then die for the sins of the world. This was the sacrifice so long talked about. But it is not complete without the messa…