Acts 23: 24 “Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”
Paul was protected by the strength of the soldiers and of the horses. Maybe these were like a bullet-proof vehicle today! It epitomised the strength of protection around Paul.
The Old Testament has over 100 references to the strength of horses, mainly referring to the power of the enemy as it attacks God’s people. God often laughs and scorns such prowess, no matter how many horses there are. His kings would collate their own regiment of horses, David and Solomon in particular.
At some point in this Christmas season we will start to hear the song, ‘Little Donkey, carry Mary’ as she and Joseph went to Bethlehem and there Jesus was born. Most live-manger scenes have a donkey. Though pretty there isn’t obviously a donkey mentioned in the gospel account. But it would make sense as a means of travel. We like to stress the humbleness of the story and the donkey does the job for us.
Of course Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem and again we have the humility of Jesus.
But make no mistake … God has horses!
In an amazing encounter between Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6: 17-18 we have this said: ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha.
John in his revelation and the ending of the Bible gives us a picture that Jesus is not riding in humility, he is not on a donkey…
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 11: 11-14
Paul had the Commanders horses.
But he like us served a higher Commander who rides the white horse! He is not only meek and mild, He is high and powerful. He is big!