Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Men On The Wall

2 Kings 18:27 KJV
But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

The men that sit on the wall...
What loyalty these men demonstrated when Rabshakeh terrorized them with his words.

And they had reason to fear.
• Already the Assyrians had carried the larger northern kingdom away and
• Already they had taken the fenced cities of Judah, leaving Jerusalem practically alone.

The men that sat on the wall were charged to obey the king's orders regardless. They are the ones whose duty it is to defend the people within from this powerful enemy without. Hezekiah had rebelled against Assyria and refused to serve them. But then he had tried to buy them off with the silver and gold from the house of the Lord. Now the men who sat on the wall listened as the enemy taunted them, speaking directly to them and not to their leadership.

But following their king's command they held their peace and spoke not a word.

What a blessing it is to have people who will obey the leaders God places over them and who will not engage in gossip and idol arguments with others for any reason but will stand regardless of the cost.

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