by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage
II Kings 18:23

Up by the water-works, the upper-reservoir of
Jerusalem, the general of the besieging army and the
generals of besieged Jerusalem are in consultation.
Though General Rabshakeh had been liberally paid to
stop the siege, he kept the money and continued the
siege, -- the military miscreant Rabshakeh derides the
capacity of the city to defend itself, and practically
says, "You have not two thousand men who can manage
horses! Produce two thousand cavalrymen; and I will
make you a present of two thousand cavalry horses. You
have not, in all your besieged city of Jerusalem, two
thousand men who can mount them, and, by bit and
bridle, control a horse." Rabshakeh realized that it
is easier to find horses than skillful riders; hence
he makes the challenge of the text, "I will deliver
thee two thousand horses, if thou be able to set
riders upon them."

Rabshakeh, like many other bad men, said a very
suggestive thing. The world is full of great energies
and great opportunities, but few know how to bridle
them and mount them and manage them. More spirited
horses than competent rulers. The fact is that in the
Church of God we have plenty of fortresses well
manned, and plenty of heavy artillery, and plenty of
solid columns of brave Christian soldiery, but what we
most need is cavalry -- mounted troops of God for a
sudden charge that seems almost desperate. If
Washington, if New York, if London are ever taken for
God, it will not be by slow bombardment of
argumentation, or by regular unlimbering of great
theological guns from the portholes of the churches,
but by gallop of sudden assault and rush of holy
energy that will astound and throw into panic the long
lines of drilled opposition, armed to the teeth.
Nothing so scares the forces of sin as a revival that
comes, they know not whence, to do that which they
cannot foresee, to work in a way they cannot

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