Friday, November 15, 2013

Who Is Your Hero or Heroine?

Who Is Your Hero or Heroine?
Dictionary definition: a man/woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

Many men and women may come to mind as we ponder the question posed, “Who Is Your Hero or Heroine?” The men and women of our armed forces, who have fought for our freedoms throughout the many wars, were recently remembered and honored for their valor, courage and willingness to go into battle. We thank them for their bravery and dedication, and to those who gave the final sacrifice, we are especially thankful, and cherish the freedoms we hold so dear. May we never forget those who have given their all, that we may have the privilege of liberty for all.

Throughout the Word of God, we find the most unlikely men and women whom God used to be the heros of our faith, and accomplish great things for Him. One unlikely person is Rahab, the harlot, as the Bible describes her, a most unusual woman of faith. As we recall the story of Jericho, we remember, they were instructed to march around the city for six days. Seven priests would carry seven trumpets of ram’s horns before the ark, then on the seventh day they would march around the city seven times and the priests would then blow the trumpets. When they heard the trumpets sound, all the people would shout with a great shout and the walls of the city would then fall down flat and the city of Jericho would be overtaken. Rahab, before that great day, was promised safety along with her household because by faith, she hid the spies that Joshua sent earlier. She believed in the true and living God and she believed fully in all the revelation that was available to her. She was a courageous woman to show such faith during very dangerous times and was rewarded for her faith and obedience by the great God of Israel. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace (Hebrews 11:31). 

Gideon, in Judges chapter 6, is again, one of those most unlikely people that God will use to accomplish great things for Him. We find Gideon beating out the wheat in the wine press when the angel of the LORD appears to him and says, “The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” Gideon then says to the LORD, “If the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us?” Meaning, “Why is Israel oppressed by Midian?” We know through Scripture that Israel did that what which was right in their own eyes and evil before the LORD and God gave them over to the hands of the Midianites for seven years. 

God provided Israel with judges who were men and women elevated to a place where their leadership and their wisdom put them in a ruling position somewhere in the life and the land of Israel. Gideon was chosen by God to be one of those judges and through God’s power, he was asked to fight against an enemy of God, the Midianites. Gideon was asked to chose only 300 men out of 10,000 soldiers by having them drink from the water as a dog, scooping water with their hands, as a dog uses its tongue. There was nothing special about the way they drank, it was just God’s unique way of choosing soldiers for the task. With 300 men against thousands of Midian soldiers, God would receive the glory due His name and Gideon would be assured that they, the Midianites, were given into his hands. The battle tactics were not militarily what man would have considered but God, in His Wisdom and Strength, gave Gideon courage to fight. The men held trumpets and torches concealed within clay pitchers. When they threw the clay pitchers down and the torches were seen the impression caused by this blasting noise, along with the shouts of the army of Israel, and trumpets sounding, woke the sleeping giant, the Midianite army.

Confused by the lights and noise, the sleeping army awoke to what they thought were thousands of soldiers ready to overtake them. Panic followed shock and every soldier was on his own, in the darkness of night and with crashing sounds they believed an incredible host had moved in against them. These soldiers could not distinguish between friend or foe and by their own swords made a way of escape by killing their own men Judges 7:22-23.

Thought: The power of God is most certainly incredible and when the obedience of a man or woman proves to be in harmony with what God has ordained, it is an remarkable feat. Gideon obeyed God and with a small army of 300 men, overturned the Midianite army. Rahab, by faith, trusted God to save her and her family through dangerous times. Rahab’s name is found in Scripture many years later naming her in the lineage of Christ (Matthew 1:5). God does use the most unusual circumstances along with the most unlikely people, to bring glory to His name and perform the most extraordinary and unbelievable deeds. 

Who is to be the Hero of all Heros? Our LORD and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. He is the Hero of our faith. Though God may use and name unusual men and women, He is still the Hero of the story and without His inexhaustible love and immeasurable mercy and grace, we are without hope and are men and women most miserable (I Corinthians 15:19). 

I want to give thanks to my LORD and Savior, the Captain of my faith, and Defender of my soul, for the ultimate sacrifice He so freely gave. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:8). Christ is the Hero of my faith for which I will be eternally grateful. 

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