When I was a kid, the peer fighting culture demanded that the loser yell “Uncle” to concede defeat.
Often it was easier to get a victory than a concession speech. The winner would be on top pounding the loser while yelling, “Say Uncle.”
Meanwhile, the loser would be yelling, “Let me go!”
Or commonly, “Mooooooooooother!”
To lose a fight AND have to admit it was simply harsh.
I love the way God pushes for concession speeches. It is a form of worship of His Majesty, sagacity and omnipotence.
During the ten plagues, the mumbo jumbo crowd kept pace for the first three plagues, then they conceded quite completely, “This is the finger of God!”
And in the Red Sea, even though the Angel of the Lord moved around from in front of the Hebrews to between them and the Egyptians, and even though the pillar of fire moved to the back and morphed into darkness on one side and light on the other, the Egyptians, sturdy warriors that they were, pressed on.
God, undisturbed, unleashed such a simple little tool – a spirit of confusion – into their midst, and the concession speech emerged! “Let’s get away from the Israelites. The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.” Exodus 14:25 NIV.
As concession speeches go, that one covers all the bases.
Join me on a celebratory romp through Scripture as we explore a collection of concession speeches in the King’s Trophy Cupboard.
On the road