Mike’s Musings …
How are the Mighty Fallen in the Midst of the Battle!
2 Samuel 1:17 – 27 records the shocking news received of King David regarding the death of former King Saul, and David’s best friend, Jonathan. He commanded the news be not told where Israel’s enemies would rejoice of their death, but rather Israel was to lament with David regarding these men. He said of them, “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death, they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.” And of Jonathan David said specifically, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.” To those of us blessed to have known TOM CASE, we could utter no less than these accolades. Indeed, he was a pleasant and loving man, a strong Christian who led us as one of the elders, and a marvelous example of righteousness!
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13) This described Tom Case perfectly! His leadership as an elder at this place was exquisite! His prayers were always gracious and filled with thanksgiving. He was always grateful for the Bible, “as many copies as we want,” and he used his bible to its full potential!
When last I had the honor of speaking with Tom, he was still eager to regain enough strength to return to his enjoyed work of making recordings of every bible study and sermon preached in this place. He loved talking about such technology and was eager to use his skill for the furtherance of the gospel. No one knows the immense number of souls he has helped with such distribution of tapes and CDs. He was thrilled to rehearse the subjects studied and missed being able to gather with the saints during these last many months of disablement.
But now he rests from his labors and his works follow him (Revelation 14:13). No man is ever “replaced,” and few can attempt to fill the gap left by the death of such a strong Christian. Yet, as Tom did, we muse on the reality that “life must go on.” In doing so, we must realize the Lord’s church must continue fighting the good fight of faith, laying hold to eternal life! Our goal is Christ and heaven eternal. Indeed, how the mighty fall in the midst of battle: but they fall having served righteously in the Lord’s kingdom!