Battlefronts

I empower kings to reign and rulers to make laws that are just.

I empower princes to rise and take dominion, and generous ones to govern the earth.

Proverbs 8:15-16 TPT

There are always two pictures that come to mind when I think “Battlefronts”, the image of William Wallace charging into battle from the movie Braveheart, and the grand old Bible story of David and Goliath.

 

A king’s ability to reign is tested on the Battlefronts he faces. We have been made kings and priestly rulers by the grace of redemption. It is no wonder the enemy of heaven is always attacking the borders of our inheritance, defying the King of heaven by trying to take us captive.

 

What I love about the story of David and Goliath is how David (A picture of Christ) ran to the battlefront.

 

And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went, as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the encampment as the host was going out to the battle line, shouting the war cry. And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the battlefront and went and greeted his brothers.1 Sam 17:20-22

 

His brothers had gone out daily for forty days to meet the Philistine army and every time, I am sure, were saying, “Today is the day we will fight. We will have courage, we will not be afraid……” BUT, when the giant defied them, they all ran away. Until David arrived. He took on the giant with a few stones and a sling and killed Goliath and more than that, brought about a victory for the whole nation. David proved his ability to reign that day on the battlefield.

 

This story reminds me of when we, as humanity, stood paralysed before the enemy of heaven and we were unable to fight because of our rebellion against God. BUT GOD, sent His Son, the son of David. He ran to our battlefront and conquered sin and death for us by the cross and has handed this amazing victory over to us.

 

The Dictionary defines Battlefronts as, “a place or context within which a struggle is fought” Merriam Webster

 

The places, contexts or struggles we face today are nothing like the battle that Jesus fought for our salvation but the difference is we fight from victory not for victory. Yes we face difficulties and hardships with finances, relationships, work issues and the like, but they are there to prove our ability to reign in life.

 

Proverbs promises us that Wisdom will empower us to reign and rule in this life! Let us seek and gain wisdom as we continue to fight shoulder to shoulder against our common enemy.

Craig Clark

4 Comments

  • Justin says:

    Vs 10-11 reminds me of how in our microwave world it’s always tempting to make a quick decision, as that business deal,promotion etc appears sparkly and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Instead we need to stop (discuss what’s on the table with God,Elders etc), twist (the tough part of the equation especially if He is saying don’t and the flesh cries “TAKE IT!!”) and rethink.

  • Leon Fourie says:

    Quick Question: In Proverbs 8, and elsewhere, it refers to “Wisdom” as a ‘She’ and also states the following: ‘The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else’. Who is wisdom? It Genesis God talks about creating man, and he speaks about ‘I created them, both male and female, and called him man’. Or something like that. Almost like a single entity with duality.

    Who is wisdom? Is it the Holy Spirit? Is it the ‘word’ of God?

    • Justin says:

      Howzit Leon, it is the Holy Spirit and you correct God made man and woman in His image. Read “The Shack” as personally it gave me a revelation around the genesis scripture you mention.
      Personally I feel proverb8 is a follow on from proverb7. In Proverb7 we are presented with temptation/death while in proverb8 we presented with life/wisdom. With guidance from the Holy Spirit and His word we need to make the right decisions in life

  • Ty says:

    Hi Leon, I would like to offer an interpretation with regard to the verses that start from vs22. Firstly, remember that the literary genre of the book of Proverbs is poetry, used to convey Hebrew maxims on wisdom; much allegory, personification and other such literary techniques unique to poetry are used by the author(s). Secondly, when the author has spoken of Wisdom as a person, he speaks of a woman in every other case throughout Proverbs, including from the beginning of this chapter. In addition, Wisdom says she dwells with Prudence in vs12 and says that she rejoiced in God’s presence and was filled with delight in vs30. Thirdly, following from my second point, true and pure wisdom is an attribute of God, it is infinite in measure and eternal, therefore would be there before the beginning of time and before the earth was formed and will be there when heaven and earth pass away. In His wisdom he created all things and sustains all things in the universe and from that perspective it is easy to understand that if wisdom were personified (as the author used creative license to do) she would say this, because it is in God’s infinite wisdom that everything is made by the Word. Fourthly and most importantly, if wisdom spoken of here was Jesus or Holy Spirit it would be literally saying that God created an inferior person of Himself at the beginning of time when the world came to be (vs23) – that would imply further that either Jesus or Holy Spirit is not truly God, for God is of that which is not created and He transcends Creationn and as we know to be true by our faith, God is Three Persons in One, coeternal and coequal and of the same substance, and for that reason, we can understand the context in which the author writes this passage: he personifies an attribute of God and relates it to the reader’s understanding of creation, time and infinity. It is neither Christ, nor Holy Spirit. I have noticed that some Bible versions have failed to interpret that by setting the section off differently to the first by means of different formatting – but it is misleading. Another example of interpretation of this literary genre in the Bible is Solomon’s Song of Songs – some argue that book actually to be a play with various scenes and acts that include soliloquy and other forms of artistry used in plays/operas; where it tells the story of a captured young, woman married to a shepard boy but then taken to Solomans harem filled with other ladies of the court, but she recalls and goes back to her True Love who is in the fields and mountains, and eventually escapes to return to her true Love. However, if you read the formatting and headings that translators traditionally have put in there, you would not get that context at all, all the parts are thrown together and it becomes muddy of when Solomon talks of her and her shepard groom. It is up for interpretation (in Song) but when the doctrine of the entire Bible supports the belief in Triune God, it is easy to see this passage in Proverbs is not written about Him.

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