Wisdom of Solomon B#14

March 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

The Prophet Ezekiel and the Apostle John saw the same heavenly creatures in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation. Ezek 1:10; Rev 4:7

These creatures had four faces:

The face of a man,

The face of a lion,

The face of an ox,

And the face of an eagle.

 

These four faces correspond to the four Gospels in the NT.

  • In the book of Matthew, Jesus is portrayed as the King – the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Rev 5:5

He is the heir of the kingdom and his genealogy is traced through the line of Israel’s kings (coming from the tribe of Judah). Matt 1:2-16

 

  • The Gospel of St. Mark portrays Jesus as a servant – the ox, always bearing the load of serving others.

We find no genealogy, no miraculous birth, no reference to Bethlehem, or adoration of the wise men. No reference to childhood, increase in wisdom and stature or to His pre-existence and Divine glory.

This is so befitting of a servant. For who wants to know the origin and historical detail of the labourer?

In this Gospel He is not once called Lord except after His resurrection.

Three words that are repeated in this book are, forthwith, straightway and immediately. Mark 1:10, 20-21, 29, 43; 2:8; 5:2, 13, 30, 6:45, 50; 8:10.

Whenever a servant is on duty, these three words would aptly describe the willingness and attitude of such a servant’s heart.

 

  • The Son of Man is vividly portrayed in the book of Luke. Here His genealogy goes back to Adam. Luke 3:23-38

We read of the Child’s birth, how the Child grew. How He was twelve years old and how “He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”. Luke 2:1-52

 

  • In the Apostle John’s Gospel, Christ is the Eagle, the one who roams the heavens. John 3:13

John omits the birth of Jesus as the Son of Man, but rather begins His existence before all the worlds were framed! “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. … And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 2, 14

 

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

Jesus’ focus was servanthood. He never spoke a word on leadership!

Matt 10:24; 20:27; 23:1; 24:45-46; 25:21-23; Mark 9:35; 10:44; 12:1-4; John 13:5-14 etc.

God sends out servants – for servants know how to labour!

Leaders know how to delegate, organize, mobilize (and unfortunately also to manipulate, dominate, exploit, control and monopolize).

The well known words of Jesus in Matt 9:37-39 reads, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

We need labourers that know how to work.  Servants who has a heart for the kingdom and the King.

Maybe it is time for the church of Christ to stop praying for the harvest and start praying for more servants.

Have less Leadership Conferences and more Servant-hood Training.

The greatest Servant of all time was also the

“the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature”. Heb 1:3

May we change our perception about servant-hood. 

May our hearts be changed towards serving others. 

May we reap the abundant harvest of souls through the simple act of serving.

About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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