July 8, 2012

David’s Army – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

So David left Gath and took refuge in the cave of Adullam. When David’s brothers and his father’s whole family heard, they went down and joined him there.  In addition, every man who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. About 400 men were with him.”  I Sam.22:1-2  Holman

David had served faithfully under King Saul, bravely risking his life in order to protect God’s people and subdue their enemies.  King Saul responded with jealousy, trying to kill him. Now, he is fleeing for his life. His brothers who had been angry with him when he visited their battle (I Sam 17:28), have been won over and rally to help David with his.  Additionally, a rather pitiful and unpromising company began following David, and they became the nucleus of what would soon be his army. Others joined them, and David trained them,

“At that time, men came day after day to help David until there was a great army, like an army of God,” I Chron.12:22  Holman

Soon they were no longer discontented misfits, but a remarkable array of soldiers.

“They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.” I Chron.12:21.

One group, for example, were described as

“…men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and  they were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains.” I Chron.12:8.

In many remarkable ways David was a type of Christ, his life foreshadowing the experiences of the greater “son of David” who would come a thousand years later. In such a parallel, his army is a type of the earthly “host of God,” and the great company of those who have chosen to follow Christ, each of whom has been called to…

“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” II Tim.2:3.

The followers of Christ were also once desperate and in debt. This is not a problem. It fits into to God’s purpose.

“God has chosen the world’s insignificant and despised things—the things viewed as nothing—so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something,” I Corinthians 1:28 Holman.

Jesus is now the “captain of their salvation” Heb. 2:10 KJV. The Apostle Paul compared our service to that of soldiers.

“A soldier on active duty wants to please his commanding officer and so does not get mixed up in the affairs of civilian life,” II Tim.2:4 TEV

Chapter 19 of Revelation depicts Christ who led the church to victory over the worst Satan could muster against it.

11 Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles.

Like David of old, he has a mighty army of valiant soldiers who follow.

…14 The armies of heaven followed him, riding on white horses and dressed in clean white linen.

We Christians are privileged to serve and be trained in God’s mighty army. Wow!

Adapted from an article by Henry M. Morris

 

 

 

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