THE SERVANT GENERAL
2 Kings 24:8-17
Yesterday we saw how King Hezekiah, threatened by King Sennacherib
of Assyria, turned to God and God settled the war for him.
God sent just one angel who killed 185,000 Assyrians and that
ended the fight (in fact, there was no actual fight). God
had sent His holy warrior, an angel.
we read about King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon against, first
King Jehoiakim whom he defeated, and second King Jehoiachin
his son, whom he also defeated. Why were they defeated? “He
did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father
had done.” (2 Kgs 24:9). They were warriors, but unholy
ones. King Nebuchadnezzar then sacked the treasures of the
temple and of the king, and “deported all Jerusalem:
all the officers and warriors of the army, ten thousand in
number” (2 Kgs 24:14a). “All seven thousand soldiers
of the army, and a thousand artisans and smiths, all of them
trained warriors, these too the king of Babylon brought captive
to Babylon.” (2 Kgs 24:16). They were trained warriors,
but were unholy. And so they were defeated.
lamented this. “O God, the nations have invaded your
inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have
laid Jerusalem in ruins.” (Ps 79:1). Very many died,
left to rot (Ps 79:2-3). And the God of Israel and His special
people were subjected to scorn. “We have become the
reproach of our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those
around us.” (Ps 79:4).
was the pattern of the long history of Israel. As long as
they lived their covenant with God, they were holy warriors
who won their battles. But when they turned away from God,
they were defeated, decisively.
is the same today. Very many Catholics, lay as well as priests
and nuns, even some bishops, are not only not holy, but have
become the enemy within. They embrace or at the very least
say nothing about the culture of death pervading the whole
world and significant parts of our Church. They have become
modernist in outlook and living. Some side with secular powers
in assaulting holy Mother Church. Many are in serious wrongdoing.
some of those are those who are serving in parishes, are members
of communities that do the work of evangelization, are working
for family and life, are helping the poor. But why is it that
with all the work being done, the Church is still shrinking
and weakening? Why are we in effect losing the fight? Because
there are few holy warriors.
we are not holy warriors, then we go into the fight on our
own. And we cannot prevail over the powerful enemy. We may
beg God all we want. “How long, Lord? Will you be angry
forever? Will your jealous anger keep burning like fire?”
(Ps 79:5). We may beg God to fight with us and for us. “Pour
out your wrath on nations that do not recognize you, on kingdoms
that do not call on your name.” (Ps 79:6). We may beg
for mercy. “Let your compassion move quickly ahead of
us, for we have been brought very low.” (Ps 79:8b).
We may appeal to His pride (ha, ha). “Help us, God our
savior, on account of the glory of your name.” (Ps 79:9a).
All those would be for naught, unless we become holy warriors.
then should be do? If we are to prevail over the powerful
enemy, then God must fight with us and for us. For God to
do that, we must live out our covenant as His people, and
become true disciples of Jesus. Only then can we become holy
warriors of the Holy Spirit.
then must we do? The first is to turn away from sin in repentance.
“Deliver us, pardon our sins for your name’s sake.”
(Ps 79:9b). Then we must strive to live our lives in Christ.
That means to walk the path of holiness.