Summary: This Funeral Service was for a non-Christian US Veteran.
It is a huge honor for me to conduct funeral services for US Veterans!
I spent a few minutes talking with Rick about his dad. Some of the things that popped out to me were:
* His strength and toughness -- Maybe the movie character was named for him
* His skills as a Marksman
* His skills as a Hunter
* His skills as a Warrior
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
I. It Appears for the Foreseeable Future we will Need Warriors:
To Be Our Watchmen -- Ezekiel 33.1-6
The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, 3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
To Stand in the Breach -- Ezekiel 22.30
30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
There is a time for peace and a time to "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5.39)
Diffuse a needless conflict or merely endure an insult
There is a time to engage in conflict
As the Hebrews, Who Were Warriors
* Battle for Jericho -- Trumpets and Power of God
* Judah First
The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel and inquired of God, "Who shall go up first for us to fight against the people of Benjamin?" And the Lord said, "Judah shall go up first."
* Two Levels of Battle -- Amalek Exodus 17
As David Who was a Warrior King -- Psalm 144 .1-2
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
2 he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
o There is something in men that likes to fight/compete