The town of Thebez had a strong tower. When Abimelech and his men overthrew this city, the people fled to the tower and shut themselves up inside. When Abimelech tried to burn down the door, a woman on the tower’s roof dropped a millstone on his head. Abimelech died, and his men departed. The high, strong tower provided a place a safety and defense.
In Bible times, towers (often called watch towers) were carefully placed in places of danger. Some were built into a city’s wall, and others were in isolated areas. Watchmen would stand in these elevated towers, sounding an alarm of approaching danger, giving the people time to run to the tower and be safe.
In this verse, "the name of the Lord" is compared with "a strong tower." God told Moses His name was "I am that I am." The name of the Lord is Creator, Provider, Savior, Deliverer, Counselor, the Good Shepherd, and so much more. Whatever we need is found in His name.
All that God is asking of us is that we come to Him, this "strong tower." The verse says, "runneth into it." Do not procrastinate, but come quickly. Lay aside anything that is preventing you from running to Him. Just as ancient people would not have carried things that would have hindered them from running to the strong tower quickly, so we must lay aside every weight.
Regardless of what "danger" we are facing today, Joel 2:32 promises that "everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." He is ALL we need!
Wild waves are round me swelling Dark clouds above I see; Yet, in my Fortress dwelling, More safe I cannot be. My High Tower is He! To Him will I flee; In Him confide, in Him abide; My High Tower is He! — Philip Bliss
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