“On the Day of Battle”

January 26, 2018

“On the Day of Battle”

Blessings folk!

We press on with the account of Saul/Samuel.
Finally! Happy

 1Sa 13:15-23

Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin.
And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.

Now Saul and his son Jonathan and the people who were present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin while the Philistines camped at Michmash.

And the raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three companies:
one company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,

and another company turned toward Beth-horon, and another company turned toward the border which overlooks the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said,
“Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears.”

So all Israel went down to the Philistines,
each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe.

The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares,
the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the hoes.

So it came about on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear was found in the hands of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan,
but they were found with Saul and his son Jonathan.

And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

Three companies of raiders from the Philistines came against Saul/Israel.

Note the situation.

The Philistines were the enemy, yet the people of Israel had at least one business relationship with them.

The Philistines had the blacksmiths.
The Philistines had apparently forbade blacksmiths in Israel.
The Philistines feared an armed Hebrew.

Therefore, the Israelites had to take all their “sharpening-needs” to the Philistines.

The fruit of this was that on the day of battle they were unarmed, save for Saul and Jonathan.
No spear nor sword could be found in the hands of any of the people.

The same is attempted today.

Beware of any government or group of people that seeks to disarm.

Either disarm in the nature…as governments do with “gun control”, etc.
Or disarm in the spiritual…as religionists do in denying the gifts of the Spirit and the power thereby.

Do not go into battle unarmed.
Be ready.
Be prepared.