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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I Chronicles 12:32 Thought/Prayer: Regarding Battles: Military, Sports, or LIFE. Topics: 2 at last.

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.” (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at

Verse 32 of these “battle” scriptures says this:  “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.”  This is a very important description of these men of Issachar, that they possessed this understanding of the times, and knew what should be done for their nation.  These men were “with it” and had great understanding of what was going on in their nation.  Not only did they have knowledge, they understood well enough to know what their nation should do!

Could there be any better testimony to the direct outcome of God’s influence on those who trust Him and who ask Him for His guidance and help?  Who is it, Who would have given them understanding of the times?  Their God, the only true God.

The Bible does not tell us how these men gained such insightful knowledge from God.  But Bible scholar Matthew Henry gives us his view on this, in Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, published in 1706 and in public domain. 

We read:  “The men of Issachar were the fewest of all, only 200, and yet as serviceable to David’s interest as those that brought in the greatest numbers, these few being in effect the whole tribe. For, one they were men of great skill above any of their neighbours, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.

They understood the natural times, could discern the face of the sky, were weather-wise, could advise their neighbours in the proper times for ploughing, sowing reaping, etc.

Or the ceremonial times, the times appointed for the solemn feasts; therefore they are said to call the people to the mountain (Deu. 33:19 ), for almanacs were not then so common as now.

Or, rather, the political times; they understood public affairs, the temper of the nation, and the tendencies of the present events. It is the periphrasis of statesmen that they know the times, Esth. 1, . Those of that tribe were greatly intent on public affairs, had good intelligence from abroad and made a good use of it. They knew what Israel ought to do: from their observation and experience they learned both their own and others’ duty and interest.

In this critical juncture they knew Israel ought to make David king. It was not only expedient, but necessary; the present posture of affairs called for it. The men of Issachar dealt mostly in country business, and did not much intermeddle in public affairs, which gave them an opportunity of observing others and conversing with themselves.”  Let us thank God for knowledgeable Bible scholars over centuries, whose thoughts and knowledge come down through the centuries to us today. 

So we see that these men were so valuable to David’s intents. No, perhaps in a battle like the Super Bowl, the players need not be honed in on what is good for a nation . . . but certainly those involved need to use observation and experience to go for the win.  The same for those of us who are in the battle for LIFE.  Lord, help us to understand, and then to act in Your will.  Let us employ awareness of our times, especially regarding the efforts toward the value of created human life. 

Topics:  Pray for understanding of our times and for the wisdom to act in a godly manner toward them.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 02/07 at 01:17 PM
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