Renewing Our Loyalty

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by Samuel D. Geroy

   Loyalty is in knowing and following the wishes of those responsible for me. Elisha displayed this when he was called to follow the steps of Prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19:19-21). He went home to say goodbye to friends and family by sacrificing to the Lord the cow he used for farming and using the yoke as firewood. He said goodbye to secular work by burning all his “bridges” behind. Later he went with Elijah when he crossed the other side of the Jordan river in order to be raptured to heaven by God’s chariot of fire and the whirlwind (2 Kings 2). He served the Lord in humility and power like his master.

    Loyalty is also adjusting my schedule to meet the needs of those I am serving. When General Amasa was called to serve King David’s army as chief of staff, he did not follow fully. In order to counter the rebellion of Sheba he was assigned to gather an army in 3 days in order to stop the uprising. But he delayed in following the requirement. As a result, he was killed and General Joab resumed his previous assignment as chief of staff. It was because he did not meet the schedule to serve the needs of those he was serving.

    General Joab was a great warrior also who became David’s commanding general and was instrumental in giving his king great victories. But he was also a man loyal only to himself and disloyal to God (2 Samuel 8:15,16; 10:13-14; 11:1-25; 18:11-15; 1 Kings 1:7,10). Because of his wrong priorities, though he served David’s virtues, he also served his vices. He joined the failed coup d’etat of Adonijah (1 Kings 2:5, 28-39) and was slain as a result (962 B.C.).

    Loyalty is standing with those I am serving in their time of need. Mordecai in 480 B.C. showed that. One night he heard two servants of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), king of Persia, plan a plot to kill the king and reported it to Queen Esther who then told the king. The plotters were slain (Esther 2:21-23). Later, Minister Haman plotted to kill all the Jews in the kingdom of Persia. How he hated Jews. Mordecai told Queen Esther to plead with the king for the lives of the Jewish people (Esther 4,5). King

   Ahasuerus also remembered to honor Mordecai for saving the kingdom from plotters (Esther 6) and commanded Haman to parade Mordecai around the city in the king’s horse. That night, in the banquet, when Esther told the king about Haman’s plot to kill her people, the king became very angry. He commanded that Haman be hanged and her people empowered to protect themselves. In the end, Jews slew their enemies instead and they were delivered and became greater in the kingdom.

    Today Jews celebrate the Feast of Purim to honor God for saving them and to remember Mordecai and Esther. They celebrate the Feast of Purim on Adar 14 (August) every year in order to praise God for His care and faithfulness. It is a day of feasting and gladness during which they give gifts to each other and also to the poor.

    For us Christians, these stories are great lessons on trust and on the faithfulness of God for those who love, obey and depend on Him.