Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Solomon has been describing the Christian walk. He starts the passage by saying, “Two are better then one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” He then goes on to say that should one fall, the other is there to pick him up. When it is cold, two are able to keep each other warm. Solomon asks the question, “if one is alone, how can he keep warm alone?”
Solomon then states that a man standing alone can be overpowered by another, but two can better withstand him who attacks. Yet as strong as two are against one, how much more powerful are three when united.
Separately three pieces of string may be broken with ease, but when twisted into one cord, they cannot be broken so readily.
Solomon is pointing out to the Christian today, that when we stand alone against the tempter, we are easily overpowered. But when we stand with a friend there is strength in the two. But to really have a chance to withstand the temptation of sin, then our life needs to be twisted into a cord. It is through the sacrifice of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that when we combine out lives with these two strong cords then Satan will never break us.
Isaiah had been given a glimpse of the heavenly throne room. While there he saw the splendor, the un-describable beauty and then heard the angels singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” When the LORD spoke, the room shook, and smoke filled the room.
Isaiah response is seen in verse 5 or Isaiah chapter 6: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Became I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah saw his need for a Saviour.
In our lifetime most of us will not have the same privilege as Isaiah. We will not be given the chance to look into the throne room of God until Christ returns at His second coming.
Or do we? One of the names given to Jesus is Emanuel which means “God with us.” Then by looking upon the life of Jesus, as recorded in four gospels, they reveal to us through Jesus‘ life the true character of God the Father.
When we look upon the life of Christ, we then see our need of Christ to live within our hearts and share our knowledge of God to others.
Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as it were not wood! Isaiah 10:15
I am going to take this text a little out of context, but it is a beautiful text. We have all gazed upon the work of one gifted in the use of the ax, the saw, and the hammer. Or perhaps you have seen the beauty of those that paint with a brush. But the ax, the saw, the hammer, or the brush in and off themselves are no better than the one using them. They cannot perform without a hand to guide them.
So, why do we think we are better than the One who created us. Why do we think we can perform better and know better than He who wants to use us in His service? Therefore, we should become servants like the ax, the saw, the hammer and the brush. Each doing their appointed work, guided by the hand of the Master Builder. It is in this way that the kingdom of heaven will be built.