1 Chronicles 12:1-2
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 brethren of Benjamin.
The Chapter goes on to list those from certain tribes of Israel that came to join David. I will just list certain ones that mention Special Forces characteristics.
Vs. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto 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 upon the mountains. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks: and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east and toward the west.
Those who came to David in Hebron:
Vs. 23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war and came to David to Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.
Vs. 24-38 then lists the various tribes and their numbers. I will mention a few items.
Vs. 24 The children of Judah that bare shiel and spear, ready armed to the warm.
Vs. 25 Of the children of Simeon, might men of valour for the war.
Vs. 30 And of the children of Ephraim mighty men of valour, famous throughout their father’s house.
Vs. 32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.
Vs. 33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all the instruments of war, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
Vs. 34 Of Naphtali with shield and spear
Vs. 35 Of the Danites expert in war
Vs. 36 Of Asher such as went forth to battle, expert in war.
Vs. 37 And on the other side Jordan, of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for battle.
Vs. 38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron.
Assignment: think on these characteristics, better yet make a list of them and make a spiritual application to your life in today’s Kingdom Special Forces.
To bring an additional perspective, I would like to say that in addition to prayer, which is much promoted here on FB postings, after prayer we NEED TO DO SOMETHING: go out and sow the Word of God. No matter how much prayer goes up, it will not bring forth the expected end without the actual sowing of God’s Word into the hearts of men. That mean IN and OUT of the Sanctuary. Let’s get busy, backyard preachers and evangelists. Saturate your neighborhood with the Word of God. The Lord told me several years ago after a time of prayer and fasting: “you can’t have a harvest without sowing the seed”, meaning the Word of God. Mark 4: The sower sows the Word. Let’s get that Seed in the ground after we get done praying!!!!!
During my ministry in South Africa, I came across a bachelor who hated everything that was Christian. He had a reputation for cussing preachers off his place. One day I realized that he had not been seen for awhile, so I decided to pay him a visit. Immediately, I was warned as to what kind of a reception I could expect. I went anyway.
Upon entering his home, I observed that he was a very sick man. Before he could say a thing, I tossed my hat down, prayed that God would heal him, and left.
A few days later he came to church. He was a changed man.
(How about that for a ‘church growth’ program! AW)
You don’t hear much about this ‘wee little man’, so I was happy to see this posting by Bro. Bonnke today….
Zacchaeus was a calculating character, but had not guessed on dealing with anybody like Jesus, never imagining such a man. He felt His inner self exposed to the most genial judge in the world. This Jesus felt sorry for Him – He loved him. His shrunken soul began expanding like a sponge in water. Then a thought stole into his mind that had never penetrated him before, the idea of giving money away to the poor. Jesus saw it and said “Today has salvation (deliverance) come to this house.” That is deliverance, a sample of things to be. However, saving this crook had a cost, namely, Christ’s reputation. Zacchaeus worked for the occupying power of hated Rome and the people saw Jesus befriend him. It damaged Jesus’ popularity. His foes would make much of it. His reply may have cut little ice with these unbending critics, but it uncovered the truth about the character of Jesus. He said “The Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19,10). That sums up Jesus, our Lord. If it sums up any of us, it is enough that we are as our Lord. It is not reputation we seek, but renewed lives. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE
When Joshua took over the leadership of Israel on their way to Canaan, he met a man with a drawn sword – the angel of the Lord. The angel said ‘As commander of the army of the Lord I have now come’. Joshua was never supposed to be on his own to take possession of the Promised Land. Simply that God had determined Israel would go in and possess the land and Joshua and the armies of Israel were God’s allies. The battle was the Lord’s. This wasn’t all. Joshua accepted the generalship of this new commanding officer, and asked what his orders were, “What message has my Lord for His servant?” and Joshua had a surprising answer. He expected to be told the strategy of the Lord, when and how he should fight but instead the command was ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy”. Joshua 5:14-15. In other words, worship, prayer, our relations with God comes before everything. But because prayer comes before everything it doesn’t mean it IS everything. Spiritual warfare is impossible without the Word of God, because the Word is the sword of the Spirit, and the Word must be used in the way intended, by being proclaimed. (Romans 10:-8-10). It is not a magic wand. Waving the Bible at the devil, or shouting a text at him will only amuse Satan. It is obedience to the Word and preaching the Word that worries hell. Pray and preach is the formula for victory. God bless you.