When one hears the word ‘knight’, the image that comes to mind is of a medieval soldier adorned in armor, riding upon a horse, and ablaze in honor and glory. Our stalwart hero swears fealty and loyalty to a ruler, or a king, and promises to protect the interests of his lord. Along with this element of bravery and loyalty, there is the romantic attached to our knight. On bended knee, before a lady of prestige, he promises to defend her honor, be true to her, and declare his everlasting love.
First and foremost, I believe it should be noted that the knight is a warrior. A man trained to fight to guard those under his protection. Whether his lord, his lady, his family, or his property, the knight is aware that there are enemy forces out there who would try to destroy those things he holds dear. A knight is on constant alert.
In many cultures around the world, various myths, stories, and legends focus on a warrior of some sort. Perhaps not a knight, but the son of a king, the wise son of a peasant, a neglected son of a marriage, an orphan boy left to defend for himself, etc. Yet, this idea of a warrior coming to the rescue is one is played countless times.
Why is that?
In order to expand on that we’d have to go back to Our Parents, when they walked with God in paradise. God our King, Adam, his son, the “Prince” and Eve, the “Princess”. You’ll notice that God the King doesn’t have a Queen. I will devote an entire blog post to this aspect at a later date.
Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Here, Our Parents are given a kingdom to rule over. A gem in this kingdom is the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2, which goes into further detail of our birth: it states: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
When I read this, there’s no getting around (at least to me) that protection and guardian-ship was given to Adam. I know some of my brothers and sisters don’t take the book of Genesis as a literal account but I believe we can take God at His word. At any rate, this shows that Adam, the Prince was given a directive to protect the Kingdom his Father gave him. Is this limited to just Adam? I’m not sure. People get into such an uproar when you say ‘a man should protect his own’ but I wonder if maybe that’s just the way God had intended. I mean, women are called to guardian-ship, too. Perhaps, the greater part of the duty fell on Adam.
Fast forward: an enemy had infiltrated the kingdom. It goes after the thing that is close to the Prince’s heart – the Princess. The Princess is wooed by the enemy with soft words. She goes to the Prince. Here is where the Prince should have taken up his duty to protect the kingdom given to him, his lady his Father blessed him with.
Adam utterly fails. Not only does he let the enemy seduce his lady but he disregarded his Father’s commands and did that which he should not.
God our King, is disappointed. A curse destroys the kingdom in ways that have long-lasting repercussions. The Prince failed to protect his inheritance. There is a chasm between the King and His Children.
And yet, God the King knows that the Children have to be rescued.
A knight is sent by the King. This knight, as I said before, is Christ Jesus. Like Adam, he is given a directive by the King—rescue the children. Infiltrate the kingdom that the enemy took over. Destroy the enemy. Bring my Children back to me so we may once again live in harmony.
If you think about it, the Knight is compelled by the King and his compassion for the Children who are in discord to do fulfill his duty. If you hear someone cry for help, do you ignore them? Do you say, “Well, they’re going to have to figure it out for themselves?”
If someone cries out for help, shouldn’t we at least see if we can be assistance? Isn’t it our duty?
The Knight battles and is victorious. He did what the Prince did not do—obey the command of the King and provide a bridge that leads back to the King. Yet, though the Knight has defeated the enemy, the Children, represented as the damsel in distress in my last post, have to decide if rescue is what they really want.