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Faith Filled Friday: Jumping Chariots

September 22, 2017

I just love the unusual words and phrases used in the Bible. This morning I was reading Nahum; chapter 3 verse 2 said…
“The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.”
As a writer, I appreciate the descriptive phrases Nahum used. His imagery is excellent. Most of us are familiar with these sounds. We’ve all heard whips whether in real life or in a movie. I can hear its crack and snap, and easily see the graceful flow of the slender leather strap as it flies through the air.
The rough wooden wheels spin around making soft clicks and clacks against the axle with its soldier waving to the cheering crowd.
The horses, used to the weight they pull, prance happily around the ring, kicking their knees up high. Because Nahum used the word “prance” I figured it was a parade, but after reading the rest of the chapter, I decided it probably wasn’t.
“Jumping chariots.” That seemed odd to me. My first image was a bouncing car like the one I saw on a television show recently. I don’t remember if those cars bounced while driving or only when parked, but I never wanted to ride in one. I can’t picture a team of horses trying to pull a chariot as it bumped up and down.
My son was nearby so I asked him what he thought. He said, “They hit a bump in the road.”
So simple. I’ll chalk it up to my brain having had only a half a cup of coffee by that time.
I think it was in the movie Ben Hur that I remember a chariot hitting a large rock and bouncing over. The chariot driver kept control and the cart did not dump him out or drag him behind in the rough dirt like other drivers in the race.
That made me think of our own lives and how we hit bumps in the road. With Jesus in our hearts, He is the Charioteer of our lives. He keeps our lives in control. The bump may be soft or hard, we may wonder if we’ll make it safely through; but we never should doubt Jesus’ love. He will get us through our troubles.

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