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The Lord is a Warrior; the Lord is His Name… sang Moses and the people of Israel about the Lord after He showed Moses to part the Red Sea and so allowed Israel to escape on dry land, and then lured the entire Egyptian chariot corps into the sea and drowned them. As such, it should surprise no one that Jesus Himself said these words that were given to Him by His Father… “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The question is not whether the Lord is a Warrior… but rather, what sort of a Warrior is He?

The history of men is filled with those who are supposed to be warriors… from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, as well as men who start wars, like Hitler, Napoleon and so on. A man who starts a war is not necessarily a warrior… keep this in mind, elect. In fact, most of those who start wars are far from warriors, but rather, they are ambitious cowards who shed other men’s blood for their own gain. Indeed, a study of history will show you that very few men who start wars would lead from the front, but rather, safely bunker themselves out of harm’s way.

The fact that kings often start wars and have to fight wars is not unique to our Lord. The fact that our Lord is a Warrior is not unique either. What is unique to our Lord is the Warrior that He is… and being unique, then you can count on this subsequent truth… that His wars are also unique. Unique in every aspect, from the way they are fought to the way the outcome is achieved and in the purpose of those wars.

Since the eternal life that is given to all who believe in Him is “…that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent,” as Jesus prayed to His Father… then part of that eternal life must involve you and I coming to know Him, the Father who is a Warrior, the Son who is a Warrior, and the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of the Warrior. The completeness of the life that begins from the moment we believe involves not just knowing God as the Creator, the Saviour, the Lord, the King, the Master, the Teacher, the Counsellor, the Word, the Father, the Son and the Spirit… but also as the Warrior.

And for all who acknowledge Jesus as their coming King and God as the King, then they should know that their King is a Warrior, not just a scholar or politician and certainly not some spoilt brat of an idiot like some historical kings have been.

The attributes of our Warrior King are indeed many, and you can list and name them for His praise and honour, and rightly so – His courage, His wisdom, His knowledge, His faithfulness, His love, His caring for His people, His loyalty, His generosity, and even His mercy and His grace – but above all else, the two attributes that make our King unique amongst all warriors are His gentleness and His humbleness. For He invited us, saying, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” A gentle and humble Warrior who is invincible – what an impossible combination, for invincibility does not come with gentleness in any man, nor does invincibility bring forth humility, but rather, as history shows, it brings out brutality and boastfulness. As the Lord has said truly, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them…”

His gentleness was foretold by God when He said, “Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My chosen One in whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him and He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out.” When you read verse 3, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out,” how do you see Him? A gentle, softly spoken Man in linen… walking slowly through a field so as to avoid breaking a bruised reed and breathing gently so that His breathe would not snuff out a smouldering wick? If you only see Him that way as a manifestation of His gentleness, then you will have missed the real reason for His gentleness – His precision. Isaiah 42.3 is completely inconsistent with the picture of a warrior in full battle armour trampling through a field, fighting with his chest heaving as he gasps for more breathe to keep going… no bruised reed or smouldering wick would survive in the presence of such a person.

However, it is when you do see that your King is a Warrior, dressed in full battle armour and yet, when He is at full flight at the height of the battle, He still does not break a bruised reed or snuff out a smouldering wick, then you can see that such gentleness is possible for any warrior only if he is precise, supremely precise, in every move he makes and is in such perfect self control that even his breath will not put out a smouldering wick.

When you can see that the gentleness of Jesus comes not from meekness only, but rather, that even when He is a Warrior, that same gentleness is still there because of His precision… then you can begin to appreciate your King who is leading you into battle. And since He also said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me – anyone who believes in Me – will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” you would realise anyone who rides behind Jesus when He is mounted on His white horse, leading the armies of Heaven into battle, can be as gentle and therefore as precise and self-controlled as He is… as a warrior.

Now perhaps you are beginning to realise that the wars of the Lord are not fought as the world and men or even angels would fight them. Neither does He choose His soldiers nor use equipment or tactics as others would, for it is not for nothing that He has also said, “…neither are your ways My ways.” Even in the ways of a warrior and of wars… His ways are not our ways. “As the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

When we read in Isaiah 42.3 of the bruised reed not breaking and the smouldering wick not being snuffed out, we think of a genteel Man, not a Warrior. For our way of not breaking a bruised reed is to walk or creep gently through the field so as not to disturb the reeds or to breathe in shallow gasps so that the wick survives. That is our way. But God’s way is a Warrior in full battle armour in pursuit of His enemies or charging against His enemies with such precision that the bruised reed is not broken and the smouldering wick is not snuffed out. Where we see gentleness manifested by meekness, God sees gentleness manifested because of precision. So precise is every powerful move of God the Warrior that even a bruised reed and a smouldering wick are kept safe. God, our God the Warrior, is so precise… and being precise, is capable of such gentleness that even a grain of sand is saved from the raging sea when He says, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt.”

The extreme precision by which even the waves, the wind, the hail stones and the lightning are unleashed by our God is such that a whole field can be wiped out, but if there was a bruised reed that He wanted left untouched, it would still be standing even if the rest of the vegetation was scorched. Or if He unleashed His divine wind through a land, it would still leave the smouldering wick untouched if He so purposed. So then, reconcile once and for all the gentleness of the Lord and the fact that He is a Warrior… and see His precision, for when you are in Him and He is in you, so too then you will become as precise as He is, gentle warriors of the Lord Most High.

As for His humility, His humbleness… He is the One who has said, “No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” not as a boast, for God does not boast as a man or devil would boast, but only declares that which is true, as He has said, “I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right.” As such, when He says, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me,” He is not boasting, but merely speaking the truth. The hallmark of His humility is that He can do all things without any help, but has chosen to allow us to help Him.

When He could have come to this world without the help of a woman, He chose to allow Himself to be born of a woman, and became one of us, experiencing the worst, not the best, that this world has to offer a man. He did not come seeking the best that this world has to offer, which is why Satan’s stupid offer to Him of all the kingdoms and their splendour fell on deaf ears as it were. But rather, He came seeking the worst that this world has to offer so that He could understand man in his humblest state – rejected, slandered, persecuted, considered mad and disbelieved by His own family, deserted by disciples, denied by friends and victimised, even murdered by enemies.

Without pomp, without splendour… not the warrior with the brightest, shiniest armour or the sharpest sword… but rather, a Warrior that His opponents would not and could not take seriously, and so, caused everyone… even His own brothers, disciples, friends… to underestimate Him.

It is the way He seeks the lowest position to serve rather than to lord, to work rather than to laze, to seem to have nothing rather than to hold onto everything, that His humbleness sets our Warrior King aside. It is not for His own glory that He came, but that the One who sent Him might be glorified and those who serve Him might be glorified. It is not how He boasts of what He would want to do, as His arch enemy did… but rather, how He states what He will do as a matter of truth.

Above all else, He is the Warrior who stands His ground on the field… just the way the battle unfolds before Him. What do I mean? It means He is the One who will use whatever is given Him to finish the work. He is not the workman who complains about his tools, but finishes the work in spite of the tools.

He is not the warrior who flees because the enemy is overwhelming and his own army has run, but One who stands alone if He has to, and still forge the victory even if God has forsaken Him. When He was given the twelve by the Father, He accepted them as they were, even though one was a devil and eleven were unreliable. With what He was given, without a complaint He started and will finish the work.

When given five barley loaves and two small fish to feed 5000 families, He gave thanks. When a sinful woman anointed Him, He was thankful. When the sick and needy needed healing, He had compassion on them even when He Himself needed to grieve. With what He had… He finished the work, He finished the battle, and now He is about to finish the war.

And it is this humility that makes Him so very dangerous to His enemies, for He is not one who is concerned about what he has or does not have as to its adequacy to finish the work… but with whatever He is given, He gives thanks. He is most dangerous when He humbly accepts whatever is given Him and He gives thanks. Can you see it? Five loaves of barley bread and two small fish for 5000 families and He gives thanks. If He has given thanks for five barley loaves and two small fish, then what else has He given thanks for that are more than the loaves and fish that multiplies to fulfil the task at hand? The words given Him by the Father to say and how He should say them… it is one thing to be given words to say and another to be told also how to say them. What king, what warrior, would comply with such conditions?

Instead of scholars, wise men, politicians, teachers of the law, religious men sure of their righteousness… His Father gave Him tax collectors, uneducated fishermen, demon-possessed women… and He loves them. For within the core of that humbleness is this one truth that not one of His enemies can understand, and if they did …they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, as Paul wrote. For Paul wrote to the Corinthians: No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. What is this secret wisdom that makes Him the Lord of glory… this Warrior like no other? The humbleness, the humility of not only giving thanks for all that is given Him, but taking it and using it… not to glorify Himself, but to glorify others.

For the Son came to finish the Father’s work, not to glorify Himself but so that the Father may be glorified. For, the Spirit came to raise us up not to glorify Himself, but to bring glory to God. But all that glory that God is receiving from the Son and the Spirit is not for Themselves or Himself, but for our glory… that God destined for our glory before time began.

The humbleness of our King is that He is intent on using whatever He has to give glory and to glorify those He loves – His Father, His Spirit and His followers. And as the Warrior King… He is out to glorify not Himself, but those who serve Him, those who follow Him, and those who fight with Him, and if He intends to glorify them He will ensure they live, survive and win… to experience that glory.

No other warrior, no other king, is like Him, our Lord. In gentleness and humbleness He gives rest to all who are weary of war and are burdened by the cost of war. So He wages the war that will make the peace once and for all, removing from us the yoke of having to fight forever. But His gentleness is not weakness, meekness, or powerlessness, but the precision of the powerful and the strong who is in total control. And His humbleness is not of self abasement or denial, but rather, of the truth of who He is, what He is and His intention to seek the glory for others.

The Lord, the Lord, the Lord… “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” He is a Warrior; the Lord is His Name. Amen.

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