5 Together they will be like mighty mentrampling the muddy streets in battle. Because the LORD is with them,they will fight and overthrow the horsemen
.Indeed we find out later that when the crowd comes to arrest Jesus one of Jesus’sfollowers strikes out with his sword, with the sword Jesus allowed him to carry. The only peace they had known came by the edge of a sword. Solomon whose name comes fromthe Hebrew word for peace established his kingdom from the bloodshed of his father David. What else could they expect?Using force to create peace is both ancient and modern approach to life. What we seearound is disorder and we are called to bring order to it. This was what the sheriff did inthe wild west. Clint Eastwood would stride into town and eventually confront the badguys who are taking advantage of the good townspeople. His justice was shift being ableto gun down four men before they were even able to reach for their holster.This is not much different than the ancient creation stories that would have circulated inalongside the Genesis account in the Ancient Near East. In these stories the gods arealready in conflict with each other even before humans are created. In the creation storycalled
words like “terror,” “confusion” and “evil” are peppered throughoutthe opening lines. The creation of the world is actually the result of the violent conflict between two gods named Marduk and Tiamat.It says that they,
strove in single combat, locked in battle.
And then when Tiamat opened her mouth
Marduk drove in the Evil Wind . . . As the terrible winds filled her belly,. . .
He released the arrow,[and] it tore her belly, It cut through her insides, splitting the heart. Having thus subdued her, he extinguished her life. He cast down her carcass to stand upon it.
Then Marduk stomped on the legs of Tiamat,With his unsparing mace he crushed her skull.When the arteries of her blood he had severed,On seeing this, the gods were joyful and jubilant,They brought gifts of homage to him.