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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Work of Restoration, #77
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? (Job 39:19)
The expression "hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?" refers to the quivering, shaking mane of the horse of war. The horse's mane is the symbol of his majesty and strength. It is his glory. If his mane were shaved he would lose his kingly bearing.
God desires that every one of His sons realize he is a king, a son of the Greatest of all kings. We are to conduct ourselves as the rulers of the age to come.
Our discipleship may be long and grueling. We must be brought low and humiliated, as was Jesus. God's rulers are loving, compassionate and cheerful. They are not haughty potentates. For all His power, God is tender and loving. He is not harsh and dictatorial, except toward His enemies. If we would rule with God we must dwell in love, having a spirit of service and meekness, because God dwells in love.
We must be brought low and subjected to weakness and frustrations of every kind. We suffer at the hands of men and demons. But we are not to allow such pain and humiliation to turn into discouragement. These afflictions and problems are exercises in rulership.
We have been subjected to fiery trials because we are the sons of the greatest King. We cannot possibly rule with Christ in this world or in the world to come until we have been taught well the basic lessons of the Kingdom of God.
We hold our heads high. We remember that God Almighty is our Father and the Judge of the whole earth. We straighten our back and look every person in the eye. We have nothing of which to be ashamed.
When Christ stood before Pilate it was Pilate who was on trial. History has borne this out.
When Paul the Apostle stood before Nero it was Nero who was on trial. History has borne this out.
When one of Christ's overcomers stands before a court of this world, being persecuted for the Kingdom of God's sake, it is that court, that judge, that is on trial. History without fail shall reveal this to be true.
We are God's kings and priests, the judges, priests, and rulers of the world to come.
Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each resembled the children of a king. (Judges 8:18)
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. (Numbers 23:21)
The expression (in Job 39:20) "Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?" speaks of the fearlessness and strength of each member of Christ's army. Each soldier is a man of valor, a proven warrior.
I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. (Isaiah 13:3)
And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded. (Zechariah 10:5)
In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. (Zechariah 12:8)
There will not be one weak one among them. Truly, the sight of them is enough to make even a prophet tremble (Habakkuk 3:16).
To be continued.