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Archery Range

August 15

"HE hath bent HIS bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow."   Lamentations 3:12

"... the goal of the ARCHER is to wound us to death ..."

 

How vulnerable the LORD has made us out to be.  At any given moment, HIS crosshairs are centered, HIS string taut, and HIS hand steady to release the arrow.  In the Scripture, this barbed missile is most usually an instrument of death.  "I was at ease, but HE hath broken me asunder: HE hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for HIS mark.  HIS archers compass me round about, HE cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; HE poureth out my gall upon the ground."  Though sometimes a tool of warfare, occasionally the arrow was given to humble HIS child that he\she might be better prepared for some pending work of HIS.  "Am I a sea, or a whale, that THOU settest a watch over me?"  Of course, you can flee all this if you choose, but once HIS sights are set upon us, we are as 'fish in a barrel'.  "HE hath caused the arrows of HIS quiver to enter into my reins."  Regardless of HIS intention, the shaft off of HIS bow pierces to our core, hitting the bull's-eye of HIS will and grace in our lives.  Some, under the gun (bow), behave like ducks in a gallery, changing directions with each hit, but never really going anywhere.  Others, having been hit right in the pride, languish in the pain of self-pity, noisy, but immobile.  Those made aware of their peril however, fall toward HIM, broken in humility.  "For THINE arrows stick fast in me, and THY hand presseth me sore."  The latter are evident, and for all who take their arrow profitably, they are soon entrusted as a quiver caddy of HIS.  Never forget, the goal of the ARCHER is to wound us to death, that HE might heal us to new life.

"If he turn not, HE will whet his sword; HE hath bent HIS bow, and made it ready.  HE hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; HE ordaineth HIS arrows against the persecutors."  Break enough arrows in the hardness of impenitent sin, and the ARCHER becomes a SWORDSMAN, and you the unenviable foe of hand-to-hand with your CREATOR. 

"For the arrows of the ALMIGHTY are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of GOD do set themselves in array against me."


For Love of Country
Congress of the United States of America  (December 15,1791)
(Fifth Amendment to the Constitution)

"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time or War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

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