Nearing Thunder

Mon, Dec 21, 2020

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I love middle ages castle movies like Robbin Hood and Camelot and those stories where the castle walls are thick and high, the moat deep, and the castle inhabitants safe. At West Point, we studied the History of Military Art and Warfare. Much changed when gun powder came on the scene.

So instead of having to try to scale the high castle wall to get inside to conquer it, the attacking enemy only had to blow a big hole in the wall. Several holes would do the trick. When you mix cannon fire with exploding cannon balls, warfare changed even more so.

The same goes for bows and arrows. Before gun powder, opposing forces often employed bows and arrows and cross bows, some of them with fire. From the Welsh to the English, the long bow was adapted from a hunting to a tactical warfare weapon. Bow warfare was never the same. On August 26th, 1346 during the early part of the Hundred Years War, the Battle of Crecy, Northern France took place.

The French greatly outnumbered the English but the English had the long bow which could fire 10 to 12 volleys a minute to the crossbowman’s 3 to 5 per minute. The long bow could also shoot some 1800 yards! Guess who won? The English did.¹

The enemies of God may surround you today. You may sense the threatening sound of horse’s hooves. You may see the cloud of dust being kicked up in the distance. Fear not! God is on your side! Those enemies need to fear and tremble at the nearing thunder of God’s Armies!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”  (Psalm 20:6-8 ESV Bold added)

Let’s pray for each other that we would trust the Lord and stand in His uprightness.

¹https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Longbow/

Comments? Jim.Grunseth@Cru.Org

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