Friday, May 19, 2017

"I Am as You Are"

Wounded Friend by Maxo Vanka2nd Kings 3.6-7 NASU

“And King Jehoram... sent word to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, ‘The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?And he said, ‘I will go up; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.’”

Jehoram king of Israel received tribute, an ancient form of taxation, from the conquered king and people of Moab. After the death of Jehoram’s father Ahab, Moab rebelled. Jehoram sought the assistance of two other kings, Jehoshaphat of Judah and the king of Edom. Together this newly formed three nation alliance agreed to subdue the Moabites. Their alliance was strong and Jehoshaphat made a promise of loyalty to Jehoram:

I will go... I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
2nd Kings 3.7 NASU

Seven days into their journey to pursue Moab the three nation army could not locate water. The king of Israel lost his courage, but his ally Jehoshaphat remained resolute... “Is there not a prophet of the Lord here?” (2nd Kings 3.11). They found Elisha who prophetically confirmed the success of their mission and water miraculously appeared.

Jehoshaphat was one of the few good kings in Judah and proved to be a very good friend to Jehoram. Jehoram solicited Jehoshaphat for help to complete a difficult task. Jehoshaphat agreed. When things went wrong, Jehoram wanted to quit but Jehoshaphat remained strong. He was true to his word even after Jehoram lost confidence.

A true friend is willing to fight for his brother’s cause even when his brother wants to quit. A friend’s role extends beyond the basic terms of his agreement. He enters the deeper realm of the spirit with the other man. A real friend not only agrees to the mission (“I will go”), he also promises to become one with his companion (“I am as you are”). When his friend falters, he is there to prop him up.

I want to have and be a friend like that.

"Wounded Friend" by Croatian-American artist Maksimilijan Vanka (1889 – 1963), also known as Maxo Vanka.


Kelly's Ideas said...

Me too! I love the way you break down a story in the Bible and apply it to today.

God Bless


JT said...

True friends are sometimes hard to find. Great post. God Bless You.

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