Church. The Parable of the Officers
A certain Tsar went to war against another king and could not win for a long time. He was absolutely sure of His Almightiness and wondered why the victory, which was to come by itself, still not being achieved. Looking attentively at what was happening, the Tsar noticed that his officers were taking great care of the salvation of the soldiers entrusted to them and did not care about achieving victory at all. His subtle opponent successfully used this and already seemed to be very close to victory.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, …
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Быт 14, 18. Пс 111, 1, 2, 4. Зах 6, 13. Быт 22, 9. Пс 22. Пс 70. Зах 12, 10. Ин 3, 14.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Лк 14, 26.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Мф 16, 24. Мк 8, 34.
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: [men] shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.