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Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)
TITLE: The Sword of Mount Sinai
By Sandra Hartman
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Upon Mount Sinai the Great Craftsman had labored long to create a Sword of great worth. He sculpted the hilt with the most intricate detail. The blade made of the finest metal ever known to earth. He honed it till it was sharp and double edged. Proud of its great worth and sure of its immeasurable usefulness He placed it in the hand of the Prince of the people to be wielded in the greatest of battles. Good against evil.
As kings arose they wielded the Sword with confidence and it gave them great victory. The people experienced times of great prosperity as they worshiped their God Jehovah with the Sword and obeyed His command. There was peace and plenty.
Generations came and went and kings arose that no longer valued the Sword; they turned aside to modern devices to fight their enemies. The Sword was relegated to a back room in the temple. The heart of the people became hard and, without the guidance of the Words upon the Sword, sin abounded on every hand.
It sat alone, untouched, gathering dust and cobwebs. As time passed it became the stuff of legends handed down from generation to generation. Stories were told of the Sword’s great power; how it had led kings valiantly into battle and preserved their lives and their kingdoms. The legends became richer with the telling. Every heart yearned to see it and to read the Words written upon it. Some tried to make copies of the Sword from memory but they had forgotten many of the Words.
The legend also acquired the saying of an old prophet that predicted a boy king would one day find it and restore it to its rightful place of glory and use in the kingdom.
Little Josiah grew up hearing the legend of the famous Sword. When he became king at the age of eight; he dreamed of finding the sword and recapturing its glory for his people. He searched for it near and far for 18 years without success..
Josiah’s predecessors had worshipped many gods but Josiah desired to change all that and to reestablish worship to the One true God Jehovah. He worked to tear down the idols and to destroy the altars set up by wicked kings.
Then his attention turned to the house of Jehovah, the Temple in Jerusalem. It had fallen in to great disrepair and Josiah desired to see it restored as a place of worship.
He sent his servants to begin the task of restoring the building. The men gathered on a bright sunny morning; their hearts beating in anticipation of the return to worship of Jehovah in the temple. They pried open the doors and looked within to find great piles of dusty rubble.
Mice squeaked and skittered to and fro trying to avoid the bright beams of sunlight that now laced the floor. Spiders crawled up into their dense dusty webs..
”It is a great task indeed,” Hilkiah announced.”Let us pray before we continue.”
They bowed their heads and humbly asked Jehovah to guide them and give them strength as they sought to restore His house.
Then the labor began in earnest. Sweat mingled with dust as they pushed and pulled the litter from the floors. Everywhere they turned there were heaps of refuse to be removed hand over hand.
Then arose a cry from the back of the temple. Everyone rushed to see what had happened only to find Hilkiah on his knees staring with awe and reverence towards the corner. As their eyes followed his gaze they each sank to their knees at the sight of the Sword of all swords propped up in the corner. Though covered with dust and cobwebs it seemed to be glowing from within with holy Light.
The great Sword of Mount Sinai was found at last! They joyously took it to King Josiah who could hardly believe his eyes as he stared upon its glory.
“There are words your Lordship engraved upon the handle. “Shall I read them to you?” asked Shaphan the scribe.
Josiah sat down upon this throne and nodded as Shaphan began to read the incredible Words preserved from centuries past.
Josiah, upon hearing the words, rent his clothes as great conviction of sin overwhelmed him as he heard of Jehovah’s great judgments to come.
“All the people must hear these words,” he proclaimed.
Exodus 19 & II Kings 21
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