Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Battle of Helms Deep: Are you winning the Battle?

Everyone loves the intense battle of Helms Deep. Rohan was faced with legions of Saruman's Uruk Hai, their people were trapped with no where to go, and they were deserted by the Rohirrim. All odds were against them. Their only hope was that Saruman's forces wouldn't be able to breach the Deeping Wall. Elves rallied to their support, but the uruk hai were too overwhelming. Ladders, catapults, and suicide bombers weakened the wall allowing the uruk hai to pour into Rohans last line of defence. They did all they could but the opposition was too great. And just when all hope seemed lost, and they made their final push to an inevitable death, a light appeared in the East.

Gandalph appeared. He came as promised and brought with him the promise of deliverance to the defeated. Armed with a host of Rohirrim they swarmed the Uruk Hai, and absolutely annihilated them. The people were saved from what seemed like inevitable destruction.

I always pictured Gandalf as a symbol of Christ, and the battle of Helms Deep like the battle that each and everyone of us fight daily. In the Old testament, the prophet Isaiah, when the King of Judah was put in pretty much the same situation as Thoden of Rohan, promised him that the Lord wouldn't let the Assyrians (Uruk Hai) destroy them as long as he had Faith in Christ. All hope seemed lost. If you picture all of middle earth in you mind, the Assyrians conquered the equivalent of all but Helms Deep. The Isralites were outnumbered, outmatched, and anything that stood in the Assyrians way was demolished. All hope seemed lost. Then one morning after the Assyrians had camped outside of Jerusalem "the angel of the Lord went out, and smote  in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand (185,000) of them" (2 Kings 19)

So in our own lives when we see the armies of evil or negativity conquering all that is around us, or when we may become discouraged at the seemingly hopeless battle we are fighting to be as good as we can, remember that if we have faith in Jesus Christ he will give us the strength to win our battles,and keep his commandments.

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