Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Go ahead... mock him!

If you've never read the 18th Chapter of 1 Kings in the Old Testament, I recommend you do.  It's a thrilling account of the power and Sovereignty of Almighty God our Father, brilliantly manifested in a showdown between the Prophet Elijah and the puny so-called "prophets of baal".  Here's a portion of it from which I'm taking the points of today's post:

"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:  And call you on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answers by fire, let Him be God.

And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.  And Elijah said unto the prophets of baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for you are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of baal from morning even until noon, saying, O baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered.  And they leaped upon the altar which was made.  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleeps, and must be awaked." (1 Kings 18:21-27)

Point One:

The enemy revels in failing his own.  Deception, failure, and cowardice comprise his twisted, evil identity so he will never "rescue" his flunkies or intervene on their behalf with sacrificial acts of any kind, ever. The enemy has no mercy and dispenses no grace. Period.

Point Two:

I love this one... It's okay to mock the enemy; he's self-mockery on a stick anyway.

Portraying himself as powerful, he has no power (but that which we give him); portraying himself as "light", he is total darkness and depravity; desiring to be "like the Most High", he has been cast down lower than the dust. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the enemy is more debased than the most meager maggot beneath our feet.  As children of the Most High God, as heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, we ought to laugh as our God laughs... right in the enemy's face, knowing that his day is coming and, in so many ways, has already come!
"O, death, where is your sting? O, grave, where is your victory?" (1 Cor. 15:55)
Point Three:

Conversely, our God is THE Great and Mighty King of all kings in this or any universe!  HE IS THE GOD WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE to the saving, redeeming, self-sacrificing reconciliation of all His dear children!  HALLELUJAH!  There is none like Him in all existence, nor will there EVER be any beside or above Him as God and King, Master and Creator, Life, Breath, Health, Praise, and TOTAL SOURCE forever more! 


"And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.

Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their heart back again.  Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord,  He is the God; the Lord, He is the God." (1 Kings 18:36-39)

Bless His Holy Name.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)