August 7, 2017
There was fierceness in the face and eyes of a fit pitching king who incredulously couldn’t believe that anyone would have the nerve to challenge him. You see, many get beside themselves when men of conviction stand against their self important schemes. Cain was wroth with Abel and angrily eliminated his competition with a club to Abel’s head. Pharaoh was constantly infuriated by Moses and his perceived ostentatious charades of Divine demands. Saul jealously despised a young celebrated David and furiously tried to pin him to a wall with a javelin. Abel’s blood testified an undeniable truth of innocence and violence; Moses calm resolve proved too much for Pharaoh to be rid of; and David’s anointing was too safe guarded by God for Saul to destroy.
So, now even though the king was enraged, red faced, heart rate and blood pressure high, it didn’t change the temperature of the Hebrews’ resolve. They were given peace by a ready to die persuasion. They were already inspired by another fire, the fire that showed up in a bush to their Exodus anointed teacher, Moses. (for our God is a consuming fire…Hebrews 12:29; he will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire…Matthew 3:11) They were tethered to a commitment that no blade, bonfire, or butcher could sever. Oh that men would get this. To rather suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. To be so boldly bound to the doctrines of Christ and to the only monotheistic legitimacy of the Godhead, that nothing of this world could intimidate your faith or could threaten you into submission to an inferior god.
If they died, they died…listen now.