Sunday, May 11, 2008

Some Trust in Chariots

May 11: 2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, & Psalm 20

6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country.

12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.
2 Samuel 10:6-8 & 12

13 Be strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.
1 Chronicles 19:13

6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:6-7

Some Trust in Chariots

Today's readings from 2 Samuel 10 and 1 Chronicles 19, which record Israel's battle with the Ammonites and the Syrians, are virtually the same. Seeing that he was caught in the middle of the two camps, Joab took half of the men and fought with the Syrians, and put the other half of the men under the charge of Abishai, his brother, to fight the Ammonites.

Look at the words Joab spoke to his army before he began the charge.

Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.
2 Samuel 10:12

Be strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.
1 Chronicles 19:13

Do you think God fights for various armies today? Is it always the strongest, or the one with the most powerful weapons who wins? How important is it that a nation does or does not turn to God for their strength?

How did David answer these questions?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God
.

Psalm 20:7

Pray for your country this day! At a time when the nations are rushing as far away from God as they can, do they really have a proper understanding of the battle they are truly fighting, and the source of their strength?

These are sobering questions as the end times quickly draw nearer and nearer.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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