This passage powerfully illustrates God’s instructions for Israel when they went to war and provides great insights for what Paul called “fighting the good fight” or living as a true Christian.
Like many of the great battle scenes in movies, the army was given a rousing speech by their leader. But unlike those Hollywood speeches, these words almost seem de-motivational. Can you imagine standing in your place, already outnumbered, as those with thoughts of new homes, new businesses, new relationships or any fear are allowed to shuffle past you and leave the battlefield?
At first, this might be very discouraging indeed! But as the remaining force tightens up something amazing dawns on you: The warrior for God’s kingdom on your right, and the warrior for God’s kingdom on your left, are fully committed to fighting for God at your side. Can you imagine the war cry!?! That’s not just a description of ancient Israelite battle strategy, it’s a description of God’s church full of true disciples!
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