Recently as I was reading Exodus 14:7 the word captain came up. Traditionally an Egyptian chariot had carried two men, but to further strengthen his army the Pharaoh added a “third” man or captain to the chariot. This addition of the captain, literally third man, meant that there was a warrior, a charioteer, and the shield-bearer. Each with specific responsibilities to the others. A skilled driver, a seasoned warrior, and a trusted leader who bore the shield of authority and protection.
What an example for the church today. We are instructed in God’s Word to lift each other up bear each others burdens. As we begin to take on these responsibilities we may find ourselves at times to be in one of these capacities. On occasion we are the driver of the chariot and “go” as directed by God to do His will for the situation. We to, may be called to be the warrior and do spiritual warfare for the purpose of Christ. At other times we must be the shield-bearer and offer protection for the warriors and drivers. Notice here that we do not act independent of each other but together as a unit. We complete each other as we strive to be obedient to God. There is strength in “three”.
Ecclesiastes 4:12; “And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Matthew 18:20; “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Individually we have been called to do His will, something unique transpires as we gather in His name to worship, to pray, to serve, and to encourage each other.