Understanding all great stories get their power from the gospel, note the story of King Arthur, Camelot, Excalibur. Only one man the chosen one could take the sword Excalibur from the stone, sound familiar, like the book of Revelation 5:2 – WHO was it that could open the scroll?
In the movie Excalibur there is a brilliant scene where Arthur confronts his opponent having just knocked him off his horse into the river here is the scene…
Uryens, the knight in this scene has just had a change of faith, he is literally knocked off his high horse and given a choice to keep kicking against the goads or anoint Arthur King of his life… This scene could be just as easily played out on the road to Damascus with Paul. AMAZING GRACE
The question today on the Christian Car Guy is: When was your brief shining moment, the time you were knocked off your high horse then you got a look into Jesus eye and knew Him to be the King of Kings and you needed to follow him?
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Mine went like this….
I bought the series “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. As I began to listen, Norman Vincent Peale explained that in order to have a positive attitude you needed to get up 30 minutes earlier every morning to read the Bible. Considering my work schedule that seemed insane, but since I had invested in the set, I needed to do what it said. This plan made no sense to me. I was dead tired already. I decided to go ahead with it anyhow.
The first thing I needed was a Bible. I thought I had one somewhere. I was so right. I still had it, the only remnant from my childhood after nearly 30 moves. You know you can’t throw away a Bible, or leave it behind. I didn’t really believe in God, but in case I was wrong, I didn’t want to upset him. It was the Bible that I had received from the First Congregational Church of Naperville, Illinois when I graduated from 5th to 6th grade in 1966. It was black leather with red edged pages, New American Standard Version, presented to me by Rev. Stanley Cox, our pastor.So I started my “Journey” through the Book I had carried around for 25 years, but never read.
Genesis was neat. It read like a history book. Exodus started out like Charleton Heston’s Ten Commandments. The further I read, however, the more I began to question Norman Vincent Peal’s idea that this had anything to do with my attitude. It certainly had nothing to do with selling cars. Some things struck me and wouldn’t let me go. The first real puzzle was why would God kill Aaron’s sons for offering incense improperly. This made no sense, yet I was driven to understand. This Book was either right or it was wrong. What were the consequences of the Bible’s veracity? What does the fat around the liver have to do with selling cars? I was sure I was crazy, but deep inside another voice said “Read on”.Numbers and Deuteronomy really dragged. Yet I felt I had to read this in the order it was written, in spite of many friends saying that the Old Testament is too difficult, I should have started with the New Testament. I now know that the order the books are in is called the Cannon of scripture. For me this was of utmost importance.
God had to lay out his story to me to show me that I was in no way smart enough or powerful enough to understand this without help. That’s why Norman Vincent Peal’s instructions included prayer before reading, so God would open your eyes to the truth. In my case so the “Cannon Ball” could hit me upside my head.My next puzzle came in the book of Joshua, the deaths of Achan’s kids. Maybe I could understand why they had to stone Achan for taking the goods of Jericho and hiding them in his tent, but stoning his whole family, kids and all. How could this loving God whom I had heard about all of my life require such a thing?
Judges and Ruth were great history, but I still saw no secret to a positive attitude, especially not Sampson. Boaz had something interesting. I loved the story of Ruth and was fascinated with King David’s lineage. Still I kept searching for the real meaning of all this. 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings and Chronicles were a great history lesson. I was more and more fascinated as I kept plowing through, but there seemed to be parts that were worthless, like all the numbers of people and the details of every offering. “Why would people read through this?” I wondered. Ezra was boring at that time in my life. Nehemiah was a little better. Esther was very cool, because, I could really see God is in control.Then came Job and that’s where the “Cannon Ball” of the scripture blew my head off.
I really expected Job to be all about patience. The part where Satan was reporting to God completely surprised me. It was hard for me to understand God’s actually allowing Satan to mess with Job big time (killing his children). Then my patience was tried as the next 35 chapters dragged on and on while Job and his friends tried to explain why God does what he does. None of it really made sense to me at the time. I was very, very frustrated with the whole process. My prayers increased. If there was a God, then show me what this means.
Oh! Did he show me! In chapter 38 God was speaking directly to me.Job 38:1 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.’” Whoa! I had no idea. Then I got to this:Job 40:15 “Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; he eats grass like an ox. Behold now, his strength in his loins and his power in the muscles of his belly. He bends his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are tubes of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God; let his maker bring near his sword. Surely the mountains bring him food, and all the beasts of the field play there. Under the lotus plants he lies down, in the covert of the reeds and the marsh. The lotus plants cover him with shade; the willows of the brook surround him. If a river rages, he is not alarmed; he is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, with barbs can anyone pierce his nose?”
I had no idea even what a Behemoth was. I asked every Christian that I knew, but no one had an answer. One told me to go to a Christian bookstore and buy a Christian dictionary or a commentary. My quest continued. Somehow I felt all the answers that I was seeking were going to be found in this passage, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.Here is what Matthew Henry said: “God, for the further proving of his own power and disproving of Job’s pretensions, concludes his discourse with the description of two vast and mighty animals, far exceeding man in bulk and strength, one he calls behemoth, the other leviathan. In these verses we have the former described. “Behold now behemoth, and consider whether thou art able to contend with him who made that beast and gave him all the power he has, and whether it is not thy wisdom rather to submit to him and make thy peace with him.’’I was left to consider just that. Could I contend with this beast on my own? Not only that, but also bring the tide in or make the wind blow. Just as God was saying to Job and his so called friends, he was saying to me weak and. powerless as I am, “Who are you to question me?”
Knocked off my high horse I realized for the first time in my life how powerless I am, and that I am certainly not God. If I’m not God, then I’d better find out who is and what He requires. My prayer took on a whole new dimension. Instead of questioning whether there was a God, I believed that there was, and was asking that he please forgive my arrogance. I pleaded with Him to show me what I needed to do and understand. Show me he did! Soon I came to the New Testament and Jesus and anointed Him King of my life… What’s your story?