One of God's names is Jehova Tsaba -- the Warrior God. Jesus is also the Warrior God! Always has been. And will come back this way.
"Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.
2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name." Exodus 15:1-3
(This is the first published poet by a woman)
Here God saves His people. They are not warriors. They've been slaves for hundreds of years. That's all they know. He is showing them Himself as a Warrior, a Fighter on their behalf.
"David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." 1 Samuel 17:45
Here God's name is Jehova Sabaoth which means Lord of Hosts or Lord of the Angel Armies.
Lord Almighty = Warrior God.
"This is what the Lord says,
he who appoints the sun
to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars
to shine by night,
who stirs up the sea
so that its waves roar--
the Lord Almighty is his name:" Jeremiah 31:35
God is a God of Power.
"Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in." Psalm 24:7-9
The War Continues today
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:12-13
We're serving the Warrior God. If you have a commander you respect you will do anything for Him.
Jesus does not smell like hand lotion! We need to remember who He really is -- a Warrior. He is not wimpy. Not a doormat. He is mighty\
"36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'" John 18:36-37
He speaks with authority. He always speaks with authority. He never backs down. He is the Lion of Judah:
"5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'" Revelation 5:5
Jesus will come back as a conqueroring Warrior.
A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass." Proverbs 19:12
He voluntarily became the Lamb. He surrendered His power to save us. He was still the Son of God.
The Return of the King!
"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean." Revelation 19:11-14
Jesus challenged Leaders.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." Matthew 12:30
"You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Matthew 12:34
Jesus the Conqueror
"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." Revelation 1:17-18
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37
We are also conquerors through Jesus.
Are we followers of the Warrior King?
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
What did Moses, Joshua and David do? They listened to God. They spoke to God. They did what He asked them to do. And they called on Him when they were in trouble.
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47