17 One ['echad] thousand ['eleph] shall flee at [paniym] the
rebuke [g@`arah] of one ['echad]; at [paniym] the rebuke [g@`arah] of five [chamesh] shall ye
flee [nuwc]: till ye be left [yathar] as a beacon [toren] upon
the top [ro'sh] of a mountain [har], and as an ensign [nec] on
an hill [gib`ah]. KJV-Interlinear
17 A thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five
you shall flee, till you are left like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain, like
a signal on a hill. ESV
Courage is the quality that allows a person to face danger, without fear. There are two types of courage. Genuine courage is formulated from the resources within ones soul, and is only as strong as those resources. And then there is superficial courage, which is formulated from resources that are external to oneself, such as wealth, power, status, insurance, alliances, and such similar things.
The superficial courage is dependent on external resources, and therefore rises and falls when those external resources grow or fade.
Genuine courage draws his fearlessness from the confidence that is developed because of the content of persons soul.
Bible doctrine is the ultimate courage builder.
Worldliness is the ultimate courage faker.
The Israelites looked to Egypt for their safety and security against the threat of the Assyrians. The Israelites placed their courage on the alliance that they had, or thought they had, with Egypt.
God is the ultimate courage and Bible doctrine is the ultimate courage builder. Without either of these, any courage that a person has, or thinks he has, is both temporary and false.
To have courage, a person has to rely on something. Without Bible doctrine in the soul, then all you have to rely on, are the things of the world. And when those things fade away, then your courage fades, and all you are left with is fear. And when fear is all that is in your life, then panic and terror seize control of your life, and emotion takes over.
History has demonstrated time and again, that when a person depends on their wealth, or their success, or their power, or their status, and such things, and then when those things disappear, they panic and run, and even commit suicide because the content of their soul is weak.
A person with Bible doctrine in their soul, which has been developed over the course of time, has the resource of doctrine to sustain them through any and all hardships.
And we see in this verse what will happened to the Israelites, who had numerical superiority, when a smaller force of Assyrians, invades.
Without doctrine, a very small force, can send a much larger force into rapid retreat and disarray. And, that is exactly what did happen to the Israelites, and what has happened to numerous peoples throughout history, and will happen again in the end days of history.
But panic and terror are not restricted to wartime only. When an economy collapses, the hearts and minds of people can collapse also. And especially in our current day when we have so many entitlement programs, and so many people are becoming dependent on those entitlement programs, rather than dependent on their own resources and abilities, then if and when an economy collapses, and the entitlement programs disappear, then the panic and heartache and suffering will escalate rapidly. And when that happens all kinds of social problems manifest themselves.
History is filled with examples of spiritually weak people who are overrun and destroyed. History is also filled with examples of spiritually strong people who are overrun, but they are able to collect themselves and stand against the assault of overwhelming odds.
In the final part of this verse, the flagstaff on the mountain, or the ensign on a hill, both refer to what little is left when a spiritually weak people have nothing but empty souls, and weakness, and fear and terror ruling their lives.
The flagstaff here refers to the mainmast of the sunken ship. The ship, once large and mighty and grand, now lies beneath the sea, and all that is seen is the top of the mainmast.
The ensign or the banner, refers to the symbol of the people that have been destroyed, such as a flag. Once carried high and proud as a symbol of their prosperity, but also their arrogance, now lies tattered and torn on the top of the hill for all to see, for there is nothing left.
Bible doctrine is the source building material for the structure of the soul. With doctrine there is knowledge, understanding, discernment, wisdom, and all of the ingredients for spiritual maturity, and faith, and courage. These things go beyond the written words of the Bible, but reach into every nook and cranny of the soul, building a fortress that is impenetrable and superior to anything and everything that exists in the world.
The Bible says that God will not test you beyond your ability. And that refers to the application of world activities and events as they pertain to the content of your soul. As you grow in your spiritual life, you will face more things, and you will be able to see for yourself that you are able to deal with more things in life.
This serves as a test to prove the content of your soul, but it also serves to show you the extent of your spiritual growth.
As with a child, it is difficult to know when you have grown up.
But as an adult, your level of maturity is demonstrated by how you deal with life.
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