Quiver!

“Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me” (Genesis 27:3).

In his olden days, Isaac told his eldest son Isa “Go out to the field and hunt game for me and make me savoury food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die”.

God created wild animals and pet animals too. Animals like cows, sheep and birds like hens and doves are there in homes. But what Isaac preferred was flesh of the hunted wild animals. Somehow he had a liking for it. Isaac knew that his elder son Isa was a good hunter and also that he had all weapons required for hunting. Here the set of bow and arrow is being referred to as quiver. It is also a weapon used in battles.

In the period of the Old Testament, a battalion of archers was there along with troops of elephant, horse and army. These archers will attack the opponents far away and the arrow will travel and perfectly hit the targeted person. Some even go to the extent of attaching the burning torches to the arrows while attacking.

Every child of God has to fight against spirits which resemble the wild beasts. God created the wild beasts on the sixth day of creations (Genesis 1:24). Lion, bear, tiger and wolfs are dangerous animals which could kill the man. These are comparable to the wicked and evil nature which originates from man.

When the psalmist describes the crucifixion of Jesus in the 22nd Palm, he says about the wild beasts as “Save me from the strong bulls of Bashan, dogs and the lion’s mouth. He also pleaded to save him from the horns of the wild oxen” (Psalm 22:12, 16, 21). God is greater than Isaac and if you want His blessings to reach you, you have to fight with the evil and wild beasts within you and win over them.

Once when a servant of God fasted and prayed for God to cleanse him, God exposed the four natures of wild beasts which were within him. When prayed against those four evil characteristics they left the man one by one.

God who sent the flood waters to destroy the wild beasts (Genesis 7:21) will destroy all the wild natures within you also. The wild beasts should not increase in you. Let the divine natures of Christ grow in you. Get perfect in the characteristics of Christ.

To meditate: “Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:5).