“With the jawbone of a donkey
I have left them in heaps;
with the jawbone of a donkey
I have struck down a thousand men!”
God uses the strangest things to accomplish stuff
The irony of it all is to show that it’s God working instead of the tool?
Many of us feel like the jawbone of an ass at times
But when we surrender ourselves to God for His use He can do amazing things
Even in our enormous inadequacies. God uses weak things to confound the mighty
There is a play on words in this narrative
“With the jawbone of an ass I have ass-ass-inated them,”
“With the jawbone of an ass I have piled them in a mass!”
“With the jawbone of an ass I have assailed assailants” (Moffatt).
Even after the death of the old jack ass, God used the remains of jack asses bones
Our life can still have effects even after our death
And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Heb. 11
So we pray that God will use us even in our flaws & failure
So we pray that God will use us even in our inadequacies & weaknesses
So we pray that God will use us & be glorified even after our bones are in the ground
Old Bones are unusual weapons for warfare
The Philistines were armed to the teeth.
They had removed all the weapons from the Israelis
The Philistines had all the swords, all the spears, all the artillery, all the shields
But God doesn’t need conventional weapons to defeat an army or our various enemies
God uses weaknesses in us to exhibit His power.
God uses even our mistakes & miscues
The biggest victory ever accomplished, on the biggest enemies ever, was at the cross of Jesus in a total submission of weakness
Samson didn’t excuse himself from the fight because he had inferior weapons
We shouldn’t complain about what appears bad tools that God puts at our disposal
Never blame your tools. Never blame your weaknesses, never blame your faults or inadequacies
We use what God gives us & pray for His miracles.