Lord of Hosts and spiritual hosts

When was the last time you mention the words, “Lord of Hosts?”

You are walking down the side walk and you see a person coming your way. When he gets close, you say to him, “hey, do you know the Lord of Hosts?” Could you imagine the look on his face as he tries to figure out what in the hoot you are talking about. At least, out here in the west it would be in most cases, foreign to him.

How many believers would it be foreign to? When was the last time at a “prayer meeting” you heard someone praying to the “Lord of Hosts?”

Suffice it to say, it is not a common expression of God today. So it would be good to get an understanding of this meaning, would it not? Do you know that in the Old Testament, it appears 235 times?

Needless to say, that in Old Testament times it was all about wars, fighting, kingdoms, kings, rulers, armies etc. Literal fighting was common occurrence. Kings and Kingdoms were what took place back then.

The word, “Hosts” in it’s Hebrew meaning, means “that which goes forth, army, war, warfare”. So without a doubt, you can see how fitting the description “Lord of Hosts” was in it’s day. It fit right in. It was common for the day.

God was their fighting force. If He was on your side, you won. If He was against you, you lost. In some cases, you were slaughtered to pieces. Some could have said that He was the God of war. Maybe, The Lion of the tribe of Judah?

In any case, we move ahead into the New Testament. Do we still see fighting, killing, wars, kings and kingdoms? Literally?

Jesus was all about a “kingdom”, a realm. But was it to be a literal kingdom? The Jews were certainly looking for one. Could it be because that is what they were used to?

Along comes this guy with a “spiritual” meaning. He talked about spiritual things, hard to understand. Most in his day could not grasp much of what he said and taught. Why? Because it was spiritual.

He was of a spiritual kingdom. A kingdom that was not in this world, nor of it. Is it to be any different today? In 2010?

If God is a spirit and Christ is about a spiritual kingdom, then what would be important in reaching people today? Would we need to share with them about a spiritual kingdom? How important would it be to address them as Jesus did Nicodemus?

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again (from above), he cannot see (to know, understand, knowledge) the kingdom of God.” (Jn.3:3)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (3:5)

…..”So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (end of vs.8)

So we see what it takes to enter this spiritual kingdom and understand it.

Because this kingdom is spiritual, and you can’t see it with the eyes, we need to “be in the Spirit” to partake with whats going on in this realm. If not, we miss out on what The Spirit is doing. Remember, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn.4:24)

And to see how “Lord of Hosts” enters into today? We understand that this is a spiritual kingdom and a spiritual birth must take place to see and enter into, right? What about “warfare” today? What kind of war are we in today? What kind of battle is taking place today? Is there war besides literal fighting?

If this kingdom is spiritual, could the war or fighting be spiritual? What kind of enemy do we have. Is he spiritual? Can I see him?

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God,” Why? “that we may be able to stand against the wiles (schemings) of the devil.”

Here is who we do battle against. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (people), but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness (this darkness) of this age, against spiritual hosts (there you have it. Spiritual armies) of wickedness in the heavenly places (or in the heavenlies)” (Eph.6:10-12)

So we see how we must be fit for combat. This is war! If you don’t think it is, than you are not engaged in the Spirit. And again, we must be in the Spirit to partake in the things of the Spirit. And that includes this war!

Finish reading in Ephesians, 13 through 18 to complete the “whole armor of God”. Don’t forget verse 18, “praying always in the Spirit”. Why? Because this is spiritual battle! Not fleshly. It takes the Spirit to do battle. The flesh would be cut into a million pieces if it fought this battle. It is not fit for this war! No way!

Some of us need to go back to “boot camp” and train to be ready to fight. How many of our churches are training for this spiritual battle? Is yours? If not, bring it up. Suggest it. Why? Because we haven’t seen anything yet. There is no time to be playing around. This is an all out war for souls! Plain and simple.

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6 Responses to “Lord of Hosts and spiritual hosts”

  1. cindyinsd Says:

    Great post, and thanks for reminding me. It’s easy to forget about an invisible warfare, no matter how fierce and how vicious. We think the things that happen to us are just part of life (and sometimes they are), but often they are more. It’s a good idea for us that we keep our eyes open and be aware of what’s really going on all around us.

  2. eternallyhopeful Says:

    Alot of my life has been a spiritual battle so usually very much aware of this. Though, I have to admit…….. you got me on ”The Lord of Hosts’. I probably would have looked at you strangely though being out east. I have not commonly heard that expression and have not studied it. Interesting that it appears so much. I would have to look at it further to comment on that part. Roxanne
    http://www.eternallyhopeful.wordpress.com

  3. Richard Says:

    Cindyinsd,
    You’re welcome!
    Yes, because we live in this fleshly body, it is easy to forget. But, the real life is the spiritual life, Amen
    Thanks for stopping by!
    May He bless you as you go out!

  4. Richard Says:

    Eternallyhopeful,
    “you would have looked at me strangely?’ No. I thought everybody out there goes to “church”, and it’s a common thing to talk “Bible” talk, isn’t it?
    Yeah, it jumped out at me over a period of time. I finally stopped and let it sink in, and took a hard look at it.
    Bless you!

  5. MARK MADISON Says:

    My first time here, by accident…not. Thanks for the insight
    Praise God!
    Mark

  6. Richard Says:

    Hey Mark! Thanks for stopping by. Blessed that you were blessed by the insight given through the Holy Spirit. All praise given unto Him :).

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