Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's children shall bow down before you.
So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, 'Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.' And they drew near and put their feet on their necks.
You have also given me the necks of my enemies...
From iron neck rings to punishment collars, gripping chokeholds establish dominance. If you're able to control someone's neck, the passageway from the head to the heart, human life or death is in your power. Slavery is a tragic example.
In the Old Testament's righteous justice, God's chosen people were sometimes victors. But perhaps more often, they were captives: suffering punishment for arrogance and a disregard for their Creator.
Jesus introduced a new way to fight and an unprecedented way to win. It was in surrender and submission not just to God, but to human bullies. Because God appointed those bad rulers as a pathway to an end He ordains:
An everlasting life through Jesus Christ,
Who allowed His Neck and Hands to be bound,
Who allowed His Body's crucifixion,
Who deferred His Life to His Father's will,
Making His Neck our Lifeline to God:
The Passageway from His Head to God's Heart,
The Way that can never, ever be crushed.
As the Breath of Life comes through Him to us,
One day we'll pass through Him to a new life.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Submit your neck to the Lord of Hosts. Submit your neck to earth's governors. Because in these holy submissions is ultimate freedom from bondage.
## Self-Examination 2021: Neck, Controlled (Part 72)
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2021 series.