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Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2018-03-24     Views : 375     Touched : 74

Let us take our Scripture reading once again from Ecclesiastes where we are told that: “The race is not for the swift, nor the BATLE to the STRONG, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favour to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

King Solomon who spoke the above words had a great in-depth knowledge about God’s Word, His ways, thoughts, and about how He battles, defends, and contends for the “WEAK.” Therefore when he said that “the BATTLE” is not to the “STRONG,” he had reasons and the bases for saying this. What then are the reasons and the bases for which King Solomon made this assertion?

As we all know, the writer of Ecclesiastes was an Israelite who was born in the Holy Land. And even though he was born in his own generation, he heard and read about the events which took place in the past generations in the era of his fore-fathers, and how God actually FOUGHT for His own people who were not “STRONG” but “WEAK.”

So first of all, the author of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) knew the history of how his own nation Israel was founded on the “FAITH” of Abraham. He knew how Abraham’s nephew (Lot) was captured in the “BATTLE” of the kings, and how God FOUGHT for Abraham, how he DEFEATED Chedorlaomer and his forces (the kings), and how he recovered all the goods and the captives including Lot as recorded in Genesis 14:1-16.

Therefore after the “BATTLE,” the Scripture says, “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the Kings’ Valley), after his return from the DEFEAT of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. Then MELCHIZEDEK king of salem brought out bread and wine; he was the PRIEST of God Most High. And he BLESSED him and said: BLESSED be Abraham of God Most High, Possessor of heavens and earth; And BLESSED be God most High Who has delivered your ENEMIES into your hand” (Genesis 14:17-20).

Now when it says here that, “BLESSED be God most High Who has delivered your ENEMIES into your hand,” it means that it was God himself who FOUGHT for Abraham and gave him victory over his enemies. It was not because Abraham “ARMED” his three hundred (300) and eighteen (18) trained servants who were born in his own house (Genesis 14:14). Abraham’s ARMY was not a match for the ARMIES of the kings, but the reason why he won the “BATTLE” was because God FOUGHT for his aremed men who were “WEAK.”

That’s why the same author of Ecclesiastes told us in his Book of Proverbs that, “The horse is prepared for the day of BATTLE, but deliverance is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31). This is the reason why I said earlier that King Solomon knew about the past events surrounding his own country Israel and how the LORD Himself FIGHTS for His people. It was on this bases that he declared, “the BATTLE is not to the STRONG.”

But there is a “mystery” surrounding Abraham’s VICTORY over the kings, and how after the “BATTLE” he met “MELCHIZEDEK” who brought “bread and wine” and “BLESSED” him. This event tell us that, God Himself FOUGHT our spiritual “BATTLE” when He sent His only begotten Son JESUS to face SIN, Satan, and his demons. And after taking away our SINS upon Himself in the waters of the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17), He “DEFEATED” Satan and his ARMY (evil forces) on the Cross when He said “It is FINISHED” (John 19:30).

Therefore just as Abraham met “MELCHIZEDEK” who gave him “bread and wine” and BLESSED him, God also swore by Himself when He told JESUS, “You are a PRIEST forever according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK” (Hebrews 5:6). This is telling us that after JESUS also defeated our “ENEMIES,” He came to meet we the SINNERS as the heavenly “MELCHIZEDEK,” and he also gave us “bread and wine” which stands for His own “flesh and blood.” And after this, He BLESSED us.

That’s why it is recorded in the Scriptures that, “And as they were eating, JESUS took bread, BLESSED and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, EAT; this is My BODY.” Then He took the cup (wine), and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “DRINK from it, all of you. For this is My BLOOD of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the REMISSION of SINS” (Matthew 26:26-28).

In the above passage, we must know that JESUS did not only talk about His “BLOOD,” but He spoke about His “BODY” which received our SINS in the Jordan River when He was baptized by John the Baptist. Therefore if you are a Christian and you don’t “BELIEVE” in both, but you believe in only the “BLOOD” of the Cross, then you will always be “DEFEATED” by Satan in the spiritual “BATTLE.” This is because you went to FIGHT him with a half-truth.
However, the only way you can only DEFEAT the Devil is possible when you are fully “ARMED” with the full-truth or the complete truth.

As a Christian, don’t allow denominational doctrines to make you a “FOOL,” but believe in the “TRUTH” which is in JESUS CHRIST, and you will be “WISE” spiritually. Don’t forget that King Solomon who told us “the BATTLE is not to the STRONG” was a very “WISE” person because he received this “WISDOM” from God. But unfortunately, many Christians have refused to receive this spiritual “WISDOM” which is hidden in the “bread and wine” of the heavenly “MELCHIZEDEK” (JESUS CHRIST).

We must know that the reason why God gave victory to Abraham in the “BATTLE” is because he was someone who “BELIEVED in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Genesis 15:6). Therefore unless a Christian receives the “bread and wine” which the “PRIEST forever according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK” is giving to them, they will always be DEFEATED by Satan and his foes.

JESUS did not FIGHT the “BATTLE” for those who are “STRONG,” but for those who are feeble (WEAK). And for those who BELIEVE, God has given them VICTORY over Satan.

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