“Floating Axe Head…”
Do not fear!
Are you walking in faith?
Are you submitting/succumbing to fear?
Some of you will remember this.
I needed to find something once…actually someone.
Someone hundreds of miles away.
This passage crossed my mind.
Read this account…
2 Kings 6:1-7
1 Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha,
``Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.
2 ``Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam,
and let us make a place there for ourselves where we may live.”
So he said, ``Go.”
3 Then one said, ``Please be willing to go with your servants.”
And he answered, ``I shall go.
4 So he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.
5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, ``Alas, my master! For it was borrowed.”
6 Then the man of God said, ``Where did it fall?”
And when he showed him the place,
he cut off a stick and threw it in there,
and made the iron float.
7 He said, ``Take it up for yourself." So he put out his hand and took it.
I needed the Lord to “float the axe head”.
He did…an amazing thing…
The Lord will do the same for us…
If we fear not.
If we believe.
If we trust.
If we walk in faith.
If we abide in Him.
There is more to come from this chapter…
“They Hate Without Cause…”
Even when lied about…
Even when persecuted…
Even when in turmoil…
Remember the Words of the Lord Jesus…
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
19 ``If you were of the world, the world would love its own;
but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world,
because of this the world hates you.
20 ``Remember the word that I said to you,
`A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you;
if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21 ``But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake,
because they do not know the One who sent Me.
22 ``If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin,
but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 ``He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24 ``If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.
25 ``But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law,
`THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'
Believers will be hated without cause.
Believers will be persecuted.
Believers will not be loved by the world.
Believers will not be loved by religionists.
Why the hate?
Because they do not know the Father Who sent Jesus.
Because we are chosen out of this world!
They see Jesus…
They see Father…
They see Believers…
And they hate.
Some of those who hate will become brothers/sisters when they believe.
Remember the Word of the Lord.
Speak the truth.
Live the truth.
May they experience the Power and Presence of the Lord and His gospel through us.
“Thus the Lord Will Do To Your Enemies…”
Press on in that which the Lord is leading.
Let us finish the Joshua account we have been reading.
The principle to see from this passage is this - “fear not, press on to complete victory”.
Now these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah.
It was told Joshua, saying, “The five kings have been found hidden in the cave at Makkedah.”
“Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and assign men by it to guard them,
but do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack them in the rear.
Do not allow them to enter their cities,
for the LORD your God has delivered them into your hand.”
It came about when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter, until they were destroyed, and the survivors who remained of them had entered the fortified cities,
that all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace.
No one uttered a word against any of the sons of Israel.
Then Joshua said,
“Open the mouth of the cave and bring these five kings out to me from the cave.”
They did so, and brought these five kings out to him from the cave: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
When they brought these kings out to Joshua,
Joshua called for all the men of Israel,
and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him,
“Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.”
So they came near and put their feet on their necks.
Joshua then said to them,
“Do not fear or be dismayed!
Be strong and courageous,
for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”
So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death,
and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening.
It came about at sunset that Joshua gave a command,
and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and put large stones over the mouth of the cave, to this very day.
The battle was over.
Victory was secure.
The Lord had fought for them.
The Lord had won.
The enemy kings had hidden together in a cave (how wise was that?)
They were now brought before Joshua and the chiefs of the men of war.
Joshua calls for the chiefs to place their feet on the kings necks.
Joshua then tells the chiefs…
- Do not fear
- Do not be dismayed
- Be strong
- Be courageous
- This is what the Lord will do with your enemies with whom you fight.
Joshua then cuts off the heads of the kings.
He had them then hung on trees for the balance of the day.
At then end of the day they were unceremoniously dumped back into the cave,.
Not exactly the way the kings would have wanted to go…
What is the principle for us?
Do not fear.
Press on to the end.
Deal with “the enemy” until the end.
Do not allow “the enemy” to “live”…especially within us.
Do not hang on to those “soft associates” of sin and evil.
Lop off the head of evil…
“Sun. Moon. Stopped”
What if we as Believers did not fear?
We read yesterday that the Lord fought for Joshua and Israel.
He brought victory.
The Lord threw hailstones from the heavens and killed more enemy with the stones than Israel did by sword.
Would God do such for those who fear not?
I believe so.
But, there is more to the story…
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
“O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the book of Jashar?
And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky
and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
There was no day like that before it or after it,
when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp to Gilgal.
The sun stood still.
The moon stopped.
For about a whole day.
So that Israel could finish off the enemy.
By the voice of a man who did not fear but who called upon the Lord in faith.
Joshua “said in the sight of Israel”…before the people he declared it.
He said “O sun, stand still…and O moon…”
The Word tells us that there was no day like that before it or after it.
The Lord listened to the voice of man…and fought for Israel by stopping the sun/moon.
What will the Lord do for those who refuse to walk in fear?
What will the Lord do through those who choose to walk in faith?
Faith not fear!