May 3, 2007
I Chronicles 7-8
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- Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four.
- And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.
- And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men.
- And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons.
- And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.
- The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.
- And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.
- And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher.
- And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred.
- The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar.
- All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.
- Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher.
- The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.
- The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel, whom she bare: (but his concubine the Aramitess bare Machir the father of Gilead:
- And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters.
- And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.
- And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.
- And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abi-ezer, and Mahalah.
- And the sons of Shemida were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.
- And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son,
- And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle.
- And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him.
- And when he went in to his wife, she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house.
- (And his daughter was Sherah, who built Beth-horon the nether, and the upper, and Uzzen-sherah.)
- And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son,
- Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,
- Non his son, Jehoshua his son.
- And their possessions and habitations were, Bethel and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof:
- And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Beth-shean and her towns, Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.
- The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.
- And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith.
- And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister.
- And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.
- And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.
- And the sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.
- The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah,
- Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.
- And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara.
- And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.
- All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.
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- Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
- Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.
- And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud,
- And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah,
- And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram.
- And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath:
- And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud.
- And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives.
- And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham,
- And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers.
- And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal.
- The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof:
- Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath:
- And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth,
- And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader,
- And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah;
- And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber,
- Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal;
- And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi,
- And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel,
- And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi;
- And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel,
- And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,
- And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah,
- And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak;
- And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah,
- And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham.
- These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem.
- And at Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon; whose wife's name was Maachah:
- And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,
- And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher.
- And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against them.
- And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
- And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal begat Micah.
- And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz.
- And Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza,
- And Moza begat Binea: Rapha was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son:
- And Azel had six sons, whose names are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.
- And the sons of Eshek his brother were, Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and Eliphelet the third.
- And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin.
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There is one simple phrase that I wish to draw your attention to in this passage.
I Chronicles 7:11 states,
"All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle."
I find the expression "fit to go out for war and battle" interesting. Just because someone exists does not mean that they are fit for battle. Some are infirm, some are out of shape, some are lazy, some are incompetent, and some are rebellious. When it is time for the battle to rage, only those who have prepared themselves to fight will be fit to wage war.
This applies to the army of God as well.
II Timothy 2:4 reads,
"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
Apparently, there are some in the Lord's army who are displeasing to the Commander in Chief. Paul's concluding testimony was that he had "fought the good fight" (
II Tim. 4:7). This would certainly imply that there were those who had failed to serve in battle as they should have.
What must we do in order to be fit for the battle? First of all, we must be free from the "infirmity" of sin-sickness. This does not apply only to receiving Christ as Savior, but also to walking with Him with our daily sins confessed. A person with known, unconfessed sin has weakened his prayer life, limited his effectiveness, and hindered his relationship with the Lord. Secondly, a successful soldier must stay in shape. Our military expects its members to be in top physical condition so that they can be prepared to meet the enemy under the most demanding situations. God expects nothing less. We need to spend great amounts of time in pursuit of spiritual fitness so that we, too, can face demanding circumstances. Spend much time in fellowship with the Lord: pray, meditate, and study the Scriptures. Develop your spiritual gift, and be faithful to your place of service. Place yourself under Biblical instruction, and grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord.
Third: don't be lazy. Far too many Christians are more interested in what's on television than they are in serving the Lord. Many are too lazy to raise a finger to help the work of the local church or attempt to evangelize a lost man. The battle can never be won by men who are too self-centered and fleshly-minded to do whatever is necessary to secure victory. Some are not only slothful physically and spiritually, but they are also sluggards mentally. It takes too much effort to memorize Scripture or to understand doctrine, so they don't do it. They would rather rely on someone else's study than their own. They would rather risk another man's soul than take the time to learn how to present the Gospel in an appropriate and Biblical manner.
Finally, many are simply rebellious. Quite frankly, all the problems mentioned above stem from a rebellious heart. Yet some, when confronted with the truth, are willing to repent and change, while others simply determine that they aren't going to do what they are supposed to do, regardless of how their choices harm the rest of the Lord's army. These rebels, or perhaps they should be called traitors, are not "fit to go out for war and battle", and ultimately do great damage to to the cause. May God give us warriors of the cross who will determine that they will be prepared for battle, continually sharpening their sword and putting on the armor of God, so that the Devil might be defeated and our Lord might be glorified.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery