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Excalibur and the Bible

This devotional was written for the youth in my congregation. If you've come across it, may it bless you.

There are many legends concerning King Arthur and the sword Excalibur. One version of this legend portrays Arthur as a squire serving a knight whose name was Sir Kay. As a squire, he was Sir Kay’s shield-bearer and armor-bearer. If a squire were from an upper-class family, he would learn how to become a knight himself someday.

A picture of a knight with his squire.

A picture of a knight with his squire.

When Sir Kay competed in a tournament, one of Arthur’s duties was to make sure Sir Kay’s equipment was well taken care of – cleaned, mended and polished. Additionally, when Sir Kay was preparing to take part in an event during a tournament, Arthur’s job was to make sure to provide Sir Kay with the equipment he needed for each event.

One time, Arthur messed up and Sir Kay needed a sword ... NOW. Their tent, where their equipment and belongings were stored, was a long way off and Arthur didn’t have enough time to go to it. Arthur remembered seeing a sword in front of the church which was closer than their tent. He ran to the stone, pulled the sword out of it, and sprinted to give it to Sir Kay without even thinking about what he had just managed to do. He was so focused on providing Sir Kay with a sword, he didn’t even stop to think that he had pulled it from the stone. That shows you also how easily the sword came from the stone – he didn’t have to struggle to remove it or it would have caught his attention.

According to legend, Merlin had inserted the sword, Excalibur, into the stone, saying that the one true king would pull it out in the future.

According to legend, Merlin had inserted the sword, Excalibur, into the stone, saying that the one true king would pull it out in the future.

When Arthur handed the sword to Sir Kay, the knight noticed first that the sword was not his, and upon closer inspection, he thought he recognized it as the sword that had been in the stone - Excalibur. He asked Arthur to show him where he had gotten the sword. Arthur took him to the stone. By now, they had gotten quite a few people’s attention because they also recognized the sword.

Everyone was surprise that a young boy pulled the sword from the stone. Age has nothing to do with destiny. We God is ready to use you, age doesn't matter.

Everyone was surprise that a young boy pulled the sword from the stone. Age has nothing to do with destiny. We God is ready to use you, age doesn't matter.

Everyone had a hard time believing that this “nobody” had managed to pull the sword from the stone. After all, many knights had been trying to accomplish that amazing task for a long time – many years in fact. Everyone had heard what Merlin the magician had said, whoever pulled the sword from the stone would be “the true king.” Everyone looked at the squire, Arthur, and couldn’t believe he was supposed to be their true king.

When they got to the stone, all they saw was a hole. Excalibur was indeed missing from the stone.

When they got to the stone, all they saw was a hole. Excalibur was indeed missing from the stone.

When they got to the stone, Excalibur was missing. Arthur took the sword and inserted in back into the hole in the stone. Then men who were much bigger and stronger than Arthur, pushed him out of the way and tried to remove the sword from the stone because they wanted to be king, but the stone held the sword tightly. Many men tried and were unable to do what the boy had done. Everyone stepped aside and watched as Arthur once again approached the stone. Placing his hand on the decorative hilt of the sword, he gently pulled. It slid from the stone easily. When he turned to face Sir Kay and everyone watching, they all bowed to him. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Arthur was crowned king that day; although, they probably didn't use a paper one!

Arthur was crowned king that day; although, they probably didn't use a paper one!

When Arthur messed up and was in trouble, he went to find the nearest sword available. The sword, Excalibur, was the answer to his problem. When you have a problem or something is troubling you, you have a sword available for your use as well – the Bible!

Therefore, take up the full armor of God... Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom ... take up the shield of faith ... And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Ruach on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests. mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim. Ephesians 6:13-18 TLV

A full set of armor will provide a lot of protection from your enemy, the devil.

A full set of armor will provide a lot of protection from your enemy, the devil.

The Bible is your weapon to be used when you need to do battle. It’s part of the full armor of God. When we need answers, it provides them. When we need strength, you can find it tucked within its pages. When you need to fight against the devil, this is the weapon that is available to you.

We often make reference to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These are great men of the Bible and great men of faith. Do you realize, the Bible did not exist when these men were alive? That’s right, the first five books of the Bible were completed hundreds of years later. They did not have access to the wisdom and knowledge found in the Bible, yet you do. The Bible records the great things they have done. With your access to the Bible, you should be able to do even greater. Don’t believe me?

“Amen, amen I tell you, he who puts his trust in Me, the works that I do he will do; and greater than these he will do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 TLV

Yeshua said that we can do even greater works than he accomplished if we put our trust in Him! Yeshua did some amazing things, you can too!

To do this, however, you must trust in Him and you must be equipped. Take up your sword and use it. Read it. Memorize key verses that you can use to fight the devil.

Your spiritual being needs to be feed, just as much as your physical body.

Your spiritual being needs to be feed, just as much as your physical body.

How long has it been since you’ve eaten your last meal? How long can you go without eating? How long before it becomes very painful? This pain is your physical body reacting to the lack of food.

Your spiritual nature needs food as well. Spend time reading the Word of God daily ... it is your spiritual food.

Does your spirit hurt from lack of food? When was the last time you fed it?

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4: 12 TLV

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Let's Pray:

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize now that I truly do hunger for Your Word. Thank You for providing me with such a powerful weapon. Help me learn to use it better and more fully. Give me wisdom and discernment so that I may fully understand what You want to tell me through Your Word. Cause the hunger for Your Word to grow, so that I may never go a day without it.

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Blessings,

Cindy


© 2020 Cindy Murdoch

Comments

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 17, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by, James. Always good to see you.

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 07, 2020:

I love your beautiful article about Excalibur and the Holy Bible. It is wonderfully made. Well done.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 12, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by, Dora, and taking the time to comment. Blessings!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 12, 2020:

Good story telling and application. Thanks for the encouragement to feed our spiritual nature for the sake of our spiritual strength.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 09, 2020:

cheaptrick, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you'll waver this way again.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 09, 2020:

Thanks, Kurt. We often forget to use the Bible, and yet we're told it is our sword. I needed the reminder as well ... to read the Bible each day. As I write these devotionals, I often find that I am admonishing myself in ways that I should or would like to do better.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 09, 2020:

Peggy -When I was praying about what to write, that was the first thing to come to mind. But I thought it was kind of silly and I thought it might be because I have been watching a series about Arthur and Merlin. So I dismissed it and wasted 8 hours trying to come up with something else. I should have listened the first time. Thanks for stopping by!

cheaptrick from the bridge of sighs on August 09, 2020:

Through many years of wavering to and fro between belief and non,I've always found the inner beauty of true believers to be tranquil,warm,and comforting...as is yours.

A truly blessed lady...thank you

Kurt Frazier Sr from Semmes, Alabama on August 08, 2020:

I liked the comparison between the sword Excaliber and the Bible. I have used the Bible many times to combat my enemies. Thanks for the encouragement to read the Bible each day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2020:

Thanks for reminding me about that story of King Arthur, Excalibur, and how it relates to your bible lesson.