The Bible as Literature
19 October 2014
The strongest man to walk the earth is now a symbol of fallen humanity. Once a pillar of power and strength, he now stands weak and helpless. Once a pillar of wisdom and justice, he now stands as a testimony of human ignorance and pride. Once a symbol of freedom, he now stands chained to his failed passions. Once a symbolic pillar of humanity working with the divine, he now stands as an example of the brokenness that results when we no longer put our faith and trust in God. Samson was a pillar of God’s grace and power as long as he remained fixed on God. The moment he took his eyes off God, Satan was able to instigate his downfall. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a pillar is a firm upright support for a building or superstructure. Pillars are essential in keeping a building strong and safe. If the pillars of the building become weak and damage, the entire building could collapse. As we journey through this life, God has given us pillars to assist us in remaining faithful and obedient Christians. These pillars are grounded in our sure foundation, Jesus Christ. As long as we remain trusting and with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will remain standing firm through the Grace of Jesus. However, when we become distracted by the bright lights of the world, and become seduced by the empty promises man, like Samson we will fall. How ironic, that Samson, a broken and fallen pillar, was used to bring down the symbolic system of opposition to God. In Judges 16:29-30, the Bible records that, “Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.” And he pushed with all his might and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. (NKJV) God has given his church fundamental principles or practices that are symbolic pillars that have kept us faithful and growing for over 150 years. These pillars, that derive their meaning and strength in Jesus, characterize our dependence on the one who sacrifice Himself on our behalf. Jesus not only gives meaning and significance to the pillars, He is the essence and cornerstone of the pillars of our faith. “The cross of Christ is the central pillar on which hangs the "far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." (Acts of the Apostle) We are strong, as individuals and as a church, only through His grace and as we continue in a faithful relationship with our eyes fixed on Jesus. It is important then that we embrace the pillars of principles and practice that God has given to His Church and people. Satan is attacking these pillars of our faith so he can weaken us and tear down the church. He wants to destroy us. “I have the message from God; he has sent me with great light," and there is a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith,--then a more decided effort is made to exalt the false Sabbath, and to cast contempt upon God himself by supplanting the day he has blessed and sanctified. This false Sabbath is to be enforced by an oppressive law. Satan and his angels are wide-awake and intensely active, working with energy and perseverance through human instrumentalities to bring about his purpose of obliterating the knowledge of God. (An Appeal to Our Ministers and Conference Committees) The foundation of our faith, which was established by so much prayer, such earnest searching of the Scriptures, was being taken down, pillar by pillar. Our faith was to have nothing to rest upon--the sanctuary was gone, the atonement was gone.--UL 152. (Pastoral Ministry) The truths that have been substantiated by the manifest working of God are to stand fast. Let no one presume to move a pin or foundation-stone from the structure. Those who attempt to undermine the pillars of our faith are among those of whom the Bible says that "in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving...
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