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Thursday, February 09, 2017
I Chronicles 12:1-8 Thought/Prayer: Armed and Skilled. Topics: 2 at end.
“The Mighty Men Join David at Ziklag
Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war. They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brothers of Benjamin. The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite. And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite, Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite, Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites, And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
And of the Gadites there separated themselves to David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes on the mountains; . . .”
From far back in history, about 1,000 BC, we have interesting comments about the men who fought for David to make him King over all Israel when David was living in Philistine territory, having been banished by King Saul. Some of these descriptions might be apropos today in both sports competitions and in life’s battles. Some of them, in verse 2 were not only armed with bows, but they could use both right hands and left in hurling stones and when bow-shooting! Don’t we wish all athletes had such ability. If a star quarterback could throw with either hand – team strategies against him would have so much more to consider. Have there been any who were totally this way? And these guys in the Bible could shoot a bow’s arrow with either hand? Wow. It says some of these were even “Saul’s brothers of Benjamin.”
Then, in verse 8, we have men of the Gadites who were fit for the battle, were good with shields and bucklers, and “whose faces were like the faces of lions.” Talk about formidable and intimidating! Furthermore, these Gadites were as swift as roes (deer, or roebucks) on mountains. Fleet-footed and having superb balance perhaps? (We might say, as swift as a roe doe. What!?)
Well, whether we in the pro-life battle are stars with a playbook of strategies or not, we are in a battle on the playing field of life. But must we have faces like lions? Yes and no. Of course we’re not going to take on opponents with fierce expressions! What good would that do for a sidewalk counselor at an abortion clinic? But, we do need to be formidable in the face of the evil of abortion. We need to have fierce faces in the spiritual realm where we battle unseen.
Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” God’s face is fierce against all of this.
Lord, thank You for sharing with us in our day some of the intriguing descriptions of men who battled in Your name thousands of years ago. What a miracle that we can still read of them, and admire them, today—although only You know what all of their names were and their histories in life. But help us to be skilled and prepared, as they were, in the battle of not only sports and military, but of and for LIFE.
Topics: Pray for those who battle at the head of national organizations for LIFE – and for those who are the foot soldiers wielding the battle instruments and strategies of God for LIFE.
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