“Kill the Oxen, Burn the plow…”
From my Journal notes 8.7.2012 B. Keith Chadwell
Saul, David and Jonathan are lessons in type for “the Church“. There is much more that could be said of that. However, it is those like “Jonathan” within the “the Church“, today, that I would speak to. These, like Jonathan, in spite of Saul’s orders not to eat, have tasted the “honey” and have had their “eyes enlightened”.
1Sa 14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
Yet, like Jonathan, there are those Christians who are embedded within “the church” and in spite of God removing the anointing from some of the “establishment” they continue on, business as usual. These, Like Jonathan, have had their eyes enlightened but are torn between their close relationships with the status quo and following their “David.
I am not talking of a Christian losing out on their eternal destiny, in Christ. I am talking about following the leading of the Spirit and forsaking everything we think we know, in order to come up to the high Calling of God in Christ Jesus, in this life. Moses “saw” the Promised Land from atop the mountain but God did not allow him to “enter” into the land because of disobedience. Yet, later, in Luke 9: we see Moses, in the Spirit, with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, in conference with Jesus and Elijah, his earthy calling being different than His eternal destiny.
Luke 9:28-31 (CEV) About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up on a mountain to pray. While he was praying, his face changed, and his clothes became shining white. Suddenly Moses and Elijah were there speaking with him. They appeared in heavenly glory and talked about all that Jesus’ death in Jerusalem would mean.
All I’m saying is; “Let loose of the plow handles, kill the oxen, burn the plow……:”
1Kings (CVE) 19:19-21 Elijah left and found Elisha plowing a field with a pair of oxen. There were eleven other men in front of him, and each one was also plowing with a pair of oxen. Elijah went over and put his own coat on Elisha.
Elisha stopped plowing and ran after him. “Let me kiss my parents good-by, then I’ll go with you,” he said. “You can go,” Elijah said. “But remember what I’ve done for you.”
Elisha left and took his oxen with him. He killed them and boiled them over a fire he had made with the wood from his plow. He gave the meat to the people who were with him, and they ate it. Then he left with Elijah and became his assistant.
(Additional reading; “Come up higher ”) (Reference, also: Mark 10:34-42)