Saturday, April 29, 2017

Haile Selassie, Icon of Christ

On my cubicle wall at work, I have the portrait shown here of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia. Haile Selassie was a descendant of King David and King Solomon. One of his titles was Defender of the Faith. He was known to be a devout follow of Our LORD Jesus Christ, who prayed the hours of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church, and who promoted Biblical literacy and saw to it that the Bible was translated in the language of his people. For me, His Imperial Majesty is an Icon of Our LORD Jesus Christ. I find that his picture on my wall at my office gives me a sense of serenity as I go about my work. I am inspired to greater devotion to Our LORD Jesus Christ. I am reminded of His Imperial Majesty's comment on Our LORD's saying recorded in Matthew 11.28: " 'Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest;' who can resist an invitation so full of compassion?"


THE KING shall rejoice in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. 3 For thou hast blessed him beforehand with the blessings of goodness; thou hast set a precious crown on his head. 4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. 5 His glory is great in thy salvation; honor and majesty hast thou bestowed upon him. 6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever; thou hast made him joyful in gladness with thy countenance. 7 For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. 8 Your hand shall overcome all your enemies; your right hand shall overcome those that hate you. 9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your wrath; the LORD shall consume them in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. 10 Their fruit shall you destroy from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of men. 11 For they have planned evil against you; they conceived a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. 12 For you shall place a scar on them; and you shall make ready your array against their faces. 13 Be thou exalted, O LORD, in thine own strength; so will we sing and praise thy power.

- Psalm 21

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