Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jun | 01 | Sixty sentinels


Sixty sentinels

Song of Solomon 3:6-8
Who is this coming out of the wilderness Like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all the merchant's fragrant powders? Behold, it is Solomon's couch, With sixty valiant men around it, Of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night. NKJV

Imagine if you will the procession seen here, marching up through the wilderness, coming up from toward Egypt, and with rich Royal retinue and superb and silk aplomb, the righteous
King and his holy bride in majesty march on. In majesty march on.

This is Solomon’s couch. Some would say, a picture of the church and her Lord traversing through the world, illuminating the wilderness of time as it marches like an army with banners through the hustle and bustle of blind peoples, all in spiritual darkness. This is Solomon’s couch, the wedding bed of Christ and His church on earth and it is very well taken care of for sixty valiant men surround it. We do not know the configuration, whether they encircle it or square it, or lead it with a ‘V’ for victory formation, but we know for sure, that each side is protected and protected well indeed.

Often times, from the perspective of our small piece of the world and from that short slim portion of passing time wherein we presently live, the church does not seem protected at all! Rather, it appears to be ravaged of all morality and raped of its honor and integrity; yes, it appears open to attack by its enemies on every side, plundered, belittled and publicly mocked. From the perspective of eternity, however, yes, from the battle room of general HQ, the church always remains kept, protected, well supplied, undaunted and undefeated, moving ever forward through space and time to the final adoption. The church always has its living sixty sentinels my friend, its sixty champions to fight its battles and protect its flanks; they are not angels, no, these are twice born men, plucked from space and time and placed in position for its sojourning protection.

These men all have weapons and are expert in warfare. These men know how the handle the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and they are confident in conflict. Not only are they practiced men of precision, not only are they Ninjas of the day and Knights of the light, they are tested men of spiritual combat and tried in battle and found to be true. They are scarred men carrying a few injuries, they are owners of a few purple hearts, they are diligent teachers, spiritual gunnery sergeants, and masters in the revealed mysteries of God. They are ‘instant men’, ready at a moment’s notice, no matter what the season of their own soul may be, to enter the fray in the protection of the church, to fight in any and in all of its battles. They are ever ready men, their sword at their right hand, even on their thigh, and lastly, they are necessary men, for as the church traverses through the dark wilderness of time, be sure, that the night surrounding us holds its terrible tormentors which are more than ready to come and eat us alive. The darkness, you see, hates the day, and at all times is ready to reveal itself from the light casting shadows of the travelling church in a malevolent madness, and with a lunatic longing to rip and tear, to spoil and split the very couch and comfort of the King of Kings. These sixty sentinels, these armed and ready men, are always present to protect the church and there is never one that is lacking from their number. This should give us great encouragement. 

Maybe, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Wycliffe, Whitfield, Wesley, and a few thousand men besides, have all served their time in ‘The Sixty’. If you want to be one of these sixty sentinels, then maybe my friend, you had better become valiant for truth and ready to die for Christ your Savior; yes, maybe you had better become a marching man, a true pilgrim in a foreign land, a legionnaire of love, a sanctified Special Forces Specialist. If this is you, and why not? Then who knows, the King may have need of you shortly.

Listen:- Who would true valour see, Let him come hither; One here will constant be, Come wind, come weather There’s no discouragement Shall make him once relent His first avowed intent To be a pilgrim. Whoso beset him round With dismal stories Do but themselves confound; His strength the more is. No lion can him fright, He’ll with a giant fight, He will have a right To be a pilgrim. Hobgoblin nor foul fiend Can daunt his spirit, He knows he at the end Shall life inherit. Then fancies fly away, He’ll fear not what men say, He’ll labor night and day To be a pilgrim. 

John Bunyan 

Pray: -  Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you have made provision for the care of your church as it travels through the ages. Lord, let your light and the fragrance of Your presence be our comfort. Send out Your scouts, send out You people of proclamation and protect those You love until we come to the end of this beginning, even the resurrection of our bodies. Amen and amen.

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