February 29, 2016

My Shield

Sheriff’s officer Sgt. Sanders introduced the audience to Oxx, his K-9 narcotics dog. “In a criminal apprehension you have three chances to surrender…after that you’re fair game. We will send in the dog and he will bite…but we never send in a dog to fight by himself.” It’s a good reminder to believers that the Lord too never sends us into battle by ourselves. “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me” (Ps 144:1-2 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----Centaurs always perplexed me. Where did the Greeks get this idiotic idea of a man attached at the hip to a horse? They believed there was a pre-historic Golden Age to which centaurs belonged. But the early zodiacs of Egypt and Mesopotamia indicate that centaurs were not the creation of Greek imagination. The idea of them is much older.
-----I am fascinated by the fact that every one of the forty-eight classical constellations can be attributed with one or more elements of God’s work of salvation (that‘s twelve constellations having three deacons each.) Moreover, the attributes of the gospel which each constellation might pictorially portray interrelate with one or more gospel aspects attributable to neighboring constellations. It is true that the human mind is greatly proficient in cognizing patterns. It often does this where no patterns exist. But it is not proficient in cognizing interrelating sets of patterns where none otherwise exist. The complexity of the interrelating meanings of these constellations very coherently speaking forth the significant elements of God’s salvation story lies beyond the human mind’s natural ability to see pattern where none exists.
-----The earliest representations of the complete zodiac are nearly five-thousand years old. The bull and surrounding dots on the Grand Hall of the Lascaux Caves very well depict Taurus, the Pleiades, the Hyades, and Orion’s belt. Secular historians proclaim this art to be twenty-thousand or more years old. I buy the young earth theory. Either way, these paintings show how deep into human beginnings the zodiac’s origin lies.
-----So what on earth do these half-horse/half-men images mean in relation to the gospel? The horse became man’s powerful weapon early, too. But God’s message to Israel was always for them not to rely on either their military might or that of their neighboring states. They were to rely upon God who was their might. “Some boast of chariots, and some of horses; but we boast of the name of the LORD our God. They will collapse and fall; but we shall rise and stand upright.” (Ps 20:7-8) “His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man; but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” (Ps 147:10-11)
-----To the Greek, the centaur was the ultimate fighting force. To the Greek’s predecessor, I believe as far back as most likely Adam, the centaur symbolized God’s defense of man’s survival against evil in its broadest imagery and the safety which His obedient enjoy in its more intimate and personal imagery. And is it not interesting that the centaur deacon to Virgo perches upon the Southern Cross, a deacon of the constellation which aptly portrays a redemption price paid in full sufficiency -Libra, the scales. Now, that’s kind of cool.

Love you all,
Steve Corey