Servant-at-Arms

Several years ago, while I was attending a local charismatic church, Tucson Area Christian Fellowship in fact, one of the ladies of the fellowship prophesied over me that I was the Lord’s Sergeant-at-Arms. I placed this prophesy on the shelf so to speak so I could process and evaluate it later. Since then, I’ve worked and studied with the Lord all this time and He just now reminded me of that so I looked it up and here’s what Wikipedia has to say about a sergeant-at-arms:

A Serjeant-at-Arms (sometimes spelled Sergeant-at-Arms) is an officer appointed by a deliberative body, usually a legislature, to keep order during its meetings. The word sergeant is derived from the Latin serviens, which means “servant”. Imagine that, servant-at-arms!

The term Sergeant can be given two main definitions; the first being a military role and the other a governmental role. Whereas technically the two roles were not mutually exclusive, they were very different in roles and duties. The soldier sergeant was a man of what would now be thought of as the ‘middle class’, fulfilling a slightly junior role to the knight in the medieval hierarchy. Sergeants could fight either as heavy to light cavalry, or as well-trained professional infantry, either spearmen or crossbowmen. Most notable medieval mercenaries fell into the ‘sergeant’ class, such as Flemish crossbowmen and spearmen, who were seen as reliable quality troops. The sergeant class were deemed to be ‘worth half of a knight’ in military value. The office originated in medieval England to serve the Sovereign in a police role, much like a bailiff in more recent times. Indeed, the Sergeants-at-Arms constitute the oldest royal bodyguard in England, dating from the time of King Richard I (around 1189) as a formed body.

The Sergeant-at-Arms was a personal attendant upon the King, especially charged with arresting those suspected of treason. Richard I had 24 with him on the Crusades. They were formed into a 20-strong Corps of Sergeants-at-Arms by King Edward I in 1278, as a mounted close escort. In 1399 King Richard II limited the corps to 30 Sergeants, and King Charles II had 16. The number was reduced to 8 in 1685 and since then it has gradually declined.

The whole notion of a servant-at-arms is what really strikes me about all this and also that it is as a personal attendant to the King. Well, our King is Jesus and to be a servant-at-arms seems to be a very good description of the situation a Christian warrior finds himself in. We really are not about us, because as far we can tell, it is all about Jesus. We consider ourselves as His servants as we go about helping the maimed, the diseased, the bound and the disenfranchised. Jesus Himself told us the greatest among us would serve the others:

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

While it may be hard to swallow or to contemplate, we are blessed so that we may bless others and we are endowed with gifts from on high so we can administer them in the service of others. Knights of the Round Table and all such notions and ideas certainly do seem to apply to any warrior of this clan – the clan of the Holy Anointed One, Yeshua Hamashiach who came in the flesh.

How honored and privileged we are to become part of such an august company of people! Please consider that we are cut from the same cloth as Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Caleb, Rehab, Gideon, Nehemiah and Esther, David, Jael the wife of Heber who smote Sisera, John the Baptist, Paul and Silas and so many others. We do not make it into this group because of our prowess or our intelligence. We are elected into this group because of our faith! I love the way Hebrews 11 tells of these giants of faith:

Hebrews 11:33-39 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

But, I believe we will receive the promise these people only looked forward to! We are the final generation who will see the fulfillment of all things written in the Word! We stand on the very edge, the precipice of eternity and I believe we can see it on the horizon! Praise God! Praise God! Hallelujah! What an awesome time to be alive and see His works coming to pass! I am humbled by the sheer magnitude and magnificence of it all.

We thank you and praise you Father for your wonderful works among men! We thank and praise you for the incredible opportunity to live through and experience what we will live through and experience. Please help us stay strong. Please help us to set our faces like flint and neither vary nor turn to the left or the right but to hold on, dead on straight for you and Jesus! Give us courage, a holy boldness and wisdom to rescue to the lost and the bound, to cleanse the lepers, to heal the sick, to cast out demons and to raise the dead. In the name above every other name, Jesus we pray! Amen!

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