Key Word:- FIGHT
Title:- Seek Out The ‘Smithies’
1 Samuel 13:19-22 Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” ………………. So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.
To finish off this wee trilogy on warfare, let me point out a great plan of the enemy. He wants to remove the weapons from our hands, so we can neither attack nor defend ourselves and the best way to do this is to remove the blacksmiths from the land.
A minister of the most high, a Pastor, is in fact a vital member in the support and supply corps of the Lords army. It is part of the Pastor’s job not just to fight and defend the flock of God, but to so supply them with sharp double-edged swords, so that it’s not only two people who enter the battle sufficiently armed and prepared, but the whole band, the whole local nation as it were. “Everyman armed with a sharp two-edged sword.” Now there’s an interesting church motto I have yet to see in any Pastor's study!
Our enemy has done a thorough job in eliminating blacksmiths from the land. When did you last think of your Pastor as someone you can go to to learn how to fight, or as an armourer ‘par excellence’ that will give you the most effective and appropriate weapons to fight with, or to have what you’ve already got sharpened, re-forged, re- tempered, made stronger still? Too many pastors are adept at the art of political manoeuvring, social studies, demographic science, tea drinking, nice talking, wet fish handshaking, deacon dodging and trustee training, than they are at labouring over hot coals and producing weapons of warfare, weapons of both defence and destruction for their local battalion. Many a Pastors’ persistent motto has been “Be Nice. Smile. Offendeth Not. Covereth thine own back!” God help us today, for the blacksmiths are gone from the land.
To those who are sick of losing, I counsel you to seek a man who has a furnace and is known for having the wind of the Holy Spirit pass over his coals to make them white hot. Seek out a pastor whose house is filled with the sound of a rushing mighty wind, the clash of arms and the felt heat of forged steel. Seek out a true spiritual blacksmith then, whose hallway is full of harness and halter, breastplates and helmets, not of old ladies coats, nice curtains and pink, puffy pelmets. Seek out some real men then, men that are Hot with God! Seek out the Smithies.
Listen:- “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; Isaiah 54:16
Pray:- Lord, take me to the blacksmiths and equip me for the war. In Jesus name I pray, amen.