War-Horse

WAR HORSE

http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/war-horse

LOYAL POWER

God has taken over the conversation with Job now.  His friends have been silenced by the voice of God himself, and he challenges Job.  As we watched Israel and Judah slide into sin and captivity we witnessed the patience of God.  Now Job has been challenged to be patient with God.  Through all of these chapters we have seen Job cry for understanding while enduring horrible pain and loss.  He was hurting for a long time and he wanted to understand what God was allowing in his life.  God is about to let us know who is in charge.  Thus sayeth the Lord:

Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?  Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?  They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.  Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.  Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?  Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.  The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.  Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?  Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?  Job 39:1-10

Job, do you know the wild life that comes and goes around you?  What makes some free of servitude and how do they live without doing the work of man?  Do you have knowledge of what makes the world work for them?

Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?  Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?  Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?  Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,  And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.  Job 39:11-15

Is the unicorn your servant to care for you?  Or did you form the wings of the birds or left some lacking wisdom for their offspring?

She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear;  Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.  What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.  Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?  Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. Job 39:16-20

If the ostrich is not made wise by God she lacks fear for her offspring and for her own safety.  Who formed the horse to be strong and fearless?  Can you challenge the courage of the mighty horse?  I have marveled that horses can be loyal to man even after they have been led into a war.  The movie “War  Horse” should make us marvel at their serviced to man.

He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.  He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.  The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.  He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.  He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. Job 39:21-25

The war horse has gone with us into battle by divine design.  God has left them a place in scriptures long after the last cavalry charge.  They will be there for the unfolding of the book of Revelation.  God made a companion animal to carry man into the most horrible challenge of his life.  And the horse is also a gentle and loyal servant; does this reveal the genius of our creator and provider?  The form of the horse is not by accident, and it is a sign for us to understand our destiny.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.   Revelation 6: 1-8

God has given honor to the horse and wisdom to man to understand the significance of this.  No part of creation is left to chance and God is the source of all wisdom.  The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, not our best imagination.

Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?  Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.  From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.  Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she. Job 39:26-30

Does man design creatures that soar as the hawks and eagles?  Is Job the creator of a great raptor that finds meat from great distances?  The creator has given the eagle a role in prophesy as the herald of his Messiah:

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  Matthew 24: 27-28

It is nothing for us to wait faithfully if Job could endure for this revelation.  Every word of scripture of both Testaments is confirmed and fulfilled by faith.  Every piece of creation was designed to inspire our understanding and faith.  The word of God is alive and real, it is the living Messiah, Emanuel, God with us.  He speaks to us with power and mercy.  The scriptures are his voice, speaking for himself, alive and with us today.

While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  Matthew 17:5

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