I have got to a page of lists! What do I do??? Read it again and remember that this is the word of GOD … 2 Timothy 3:16.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Pray and listen … then this little bit jumped out at me.
Nimrod became a mighty warrior and in his kingdom were many of the places that are mentioned and attributed to powerful cities on earth. I am sure you will recognise Babylon and Assyria and maybe Ninevah (Jonah). Here are a few of the others …
Uruk – Important ancient city in southern Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq) where monumental brick buildings were built.
Akkad – Capital of the Akkadian Empire and was the dominant political force in Mesopotamia. Earliest attested Semitic language, used cuneiform (wedge shaped) writing system.
Shinar – Country of two rivers (the Tigris and Euphrates).
Rehoboth – “A place of enlargement and flourishing”.
Calah – “Completion, old age”. Also known as Nimrud as it is the Arabic name for the ancient Assyrian city.
Resen – “Head of the stream, bridle”.
Nimrod really did build some amazing and influential places. His legacy was of mighty cities. It is interesting to see that they are centres of communication and progress for the human race. They might also be quite instrumental in the next story (Babel).
But it is the fact that this guy was a mighty warrior that caught my eye. For him to build these cities he evidently needed to be a warrior.
I recently watched Lord of the Rings (again). There are many battle scenes. They range from single handed or a few friends, to the epic scenes with thousands involved. I was particularly struck by the development of the king of Rohan. We first encounter him in a frail and diminished state, overpowered by his steward who has been controlling him with lies and sorcery. When Gandalf the White turns up and frees the king, he is able to behave like the ruler and warrior once more. The king of Rohan’s “city” was his people, the ones that he had influence and responsibility over. As king, he decides to take his “city” and go back to Helm’s Deep, a fortress that has given them victory before. Meanwhile, a massive enemy army has been dispatched to destroy all at Helm’s Deep. As it seems that all is lost and hope is fading the king is encouraged to be the warrior and ride out and show his army that he will not give in. As he does so, Gandalf arrives on the hill with reinforcements. The dawn sun pours over the horizon and blinds the enemy so that it is defeated. They were told to look for Gandalf at dawn, and there he was!
This is an excellent picture! Often I am held back by the lies of the enemy and then when I am freed I still try to find a safe place. GOD’s prompting leads me to ride out of hiding and into the battle. He knows the outcome, He already has the victory. He comes with reinforcements when I look to him. My “city” can be won and established through trust, courage, battle and perseverance.
As a warrior, I need to be clothed and ready for battle. Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
So, despite a slightly uninspired page to begin with, I am left with several questions and several things to seek GOD in.
What do I need to be a warrior in? Where do I need to fight? How do I do battle? What armour am I forgetting to put on? What are the “cities” that GOD wants me to establish? How do I establish the “cities”?
The answers will be different for every person that reads this.So what about you?!