We sang “The King is Here” at church a while back. There is a line in that song, it says, “We are captured by You”.
Are we really captured by Him? When I think on this line, I think of when I first saw my wife. Her beauty “captured” me.
I see the word’s, impressed and distraction. He wants to be your distraction.
He brought me to these places in scripture. Stephen, John, David, Mary, and the woman with the perfume!
They were all “distracted” by Him. They were not impressed with their circumstances!
Stephen had been seized by Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders did not like all of the signs and wonders that were following this awesome man of God. They actually created false witness against Stephen because they were so threatened by His ministry. It is kind of funny because they were also amazed at the spiritual revelation that was being released by Stephen as the Holy Spirit gave Him insight. In Acts 7:51 Stephen proclaimed to his accusers with boldness:
“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!”
This was it for Stephen. I am pretty sure that He knew when He made this statement in verse 51 that it was over for Him.
“‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God’
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus , receive my spirit.”
I thought of when Stephen had rock’s being chucked at his skull, an all he could think to say was, “I see JESUS high and Lifted up”.
I think of John standing at the foot of the cross, taking a HUGE risk of being the first martyr if recognized. He didn’t seem to care. He was the “disciple that Jesus Loved”. Think about it, the disciples were probably being hunted in this very hour. Peter for crying-out-loud was denying even knowing Jesus.
David is so impressed with the Lover of his soul, He waltzes right into the Israelites camp and doesn’t even flinch at Goliath. Not because Goliath wasn’t intimidating, but because God was so much more impressive to Him.
One of the most well known stories in the bible is the story of David and Goliath. As I examine this story we notice that David is not originally at the battlefield. I imagine David developing this awesome history with God as he tends his sheep. He probably spent numerous hours a day worshiping God, caught up in his Glory and Presence. David had a way all through scripture of pulling New Covenant reality and thinking into the Old Covenant. Imagine one day as David is tending sheep he has to kill a lion. The Spirit of Might was with David. I bet if you killed a lion with you bare hands you would walk a little different afterward.
Goliath is out in the battlefield taunting the children of God day after day. The Israelites fear grew by the day. Goliath probably seemed to get bigger everyday. When David waltz into the camp fresh from a lion kill, and being in the Glory of God in worship, as a twelve to fifteen year old buy he saw Goliath and interjected…
1 Samuel 17:26
“What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
David was a boy who just brought in the atmosphere of faith into an atmosphere of fear. Faith will always win that battle.
What was the deal with the Israelites in this story? What Lies were they buying into? Maybe they thought that Goliath was more impressive to them than God. As I mentioned earlier, I can imagine them going out side there tents and freaking out about the size of the giant. David on the other hand was peaking around the corpse of a dead lion and bear and thinking how awesome his God was! He came into the camp with such an assurance that God was with Him and there was no way they could lose. To David God was far bigger and more impressive than any giant. David not only kills the giant he uses Goliath’s own sword to cut off his head.
Lets ask ourselves today, “What impresses me?” Is it our problems, our fears, the future, or fill in the blank. Maybe we should build a secret history with God. Maybe we should be so raptured by His Presence that when we walk into a situation and a giant is taunting us we should remember who we are and whose we are!
Mary was so impressed with Jesus. That she “chose the better seat”. At the feet, captivated by Him.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”
The woman with the perfume, didn’t care that she “didn’t belong”. She poured out all that she was on the one that Loved her enough to allow her to prepare Him for Burial. (Your worship is powerful when you pour out your affection on Him. It can pull Gods will into the now! ) Jesus was so moved by this woman that he told her wherever the Gospel is preached Her story will be told.
Imagine with me for a moment, when Jesus was sweating great drops of blood, the blood mixed with the smell of the perfume, and all He smelled was the essence of her worship, and he said, “Nevertheless”.
Imagine with me for a moment, when Jesus was carrying the cross to golgotha he smelled her worship mix with the blood from being beaten to a pulp, and it pushed him to take one more step.
Now Imagine when the crown of thorns were shoved into the skull of Jesus, when the blood ran down his face past his nose, and possibly into his mouth, he could smell, and even taste the perfume tainted blood. It was the Joy set before him that He endured the cross!