Monday, July 3, 2017

Zechariah 9:9-12 Warriors of the Kingdom

KEY TEXT: Zechariah 9:9-10 behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations

KEY THOT: The warriors of the Kingdom do not sit on war horses or ride on chariots or carry battle bow. Instead, the warriors of the Kingdom ride on donkeys and speak peace to the nations. And through the "blood of my covenant", the prisoners will be set "free from the waterless pit" and hope will be restored to them (vv.11-12). The Kingdom warriors are like their King: humble, riding on donkeys, not high and mighty riding on war horses. They use the sword of the Spirit, the word of peace, not the battle bow of aggression and destruction. And the means to victory is not humanistic methods and strategies but the blood covenant--the blood shed by their King at the Cross. With these weapons of warfare, they set prisoners free from their waterless pit and give them hope. 

All believers are warriors of the King, for Jesus Christ is not only our Saviour but also our King. Therefore, when we are transferred from Satan's kingdom into Christ's kingdom, we switched our allegiance from Satan the Usurper to Christ our King. We become warriors in His kingdom--engaging the Dark Kingdom by setting Satan's prisoners free from their waterless pit to bring them into Christ's kingdom so they may drink from the Wells of the Living Waters. If we are not actively engaging the enemy by putting on the shoes of the Gospel of peace in evangelism, then we cannot make spiritual progress, no matter how much bible knowledge we may have. It's not knowledge that helps us become mature; it is wisdom--knowledge put into practice.

As warriors of the Kingdom, we do not use carnal weapons of the world--politics, power and manipulation. We use the spiritual weapons of Kingdom--a humble heart, a powerful message of peace and the authority that comes from the Blood of the Lamb: "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete" (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

As churches prepare for another run of Alpha, let's remember the kind of kingdom warriors we are. Let's not rely on worldly methods -- superior marketing (impressive war horses), high-tech state-of-the-art worship (chariots of iron), and scintillating speakers and entertaining celebrities (powerful bows and arrows). Let's use the humble strategies of Jesus: the Gospel of peace and the Blood of the Cross. With these two powerful weapons--the Word & the Cross--we shall set people free. Let's keep Christianity simple. Let's return to basics.

Abba-Father, we have been distracted and diverted from the simplicity of the Gospel as Your warriors by putting our trust in war horses, iron chariots and battle bows. Deliver us from humanistic and godless Christianity. Help us return to the basic weapons of the kingdom--the Gospel of peace and power of the Cross. Amen.

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