The story of David and his mighty warriors in the book of 1 Chronicles is fascinating to me because I believe that as Christians we are called to be warriors for Christ. Something about the documentation of these historical warriors helps me to visualize that which we cannot see.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
A reader recently commented on my post about David’s 3 Mightiest Warriors and pointed out the unity of the three and the importance of togetherness when it comes to being mighty conquerors.
It is no surprise then that this morning as I asked God what He would want me to write about, He led me to 1 Chronicles 12.
This portion of the 1 Chronicles is a pause in King David’s story. It’s a break from the main events to tell us about the rest of David’s mighty warriors… and in this pause, we find the one word we warriors for Christ need to know…
Warriors from the Tribe of Benjamin: (1 Chronicles 12: 1-7)
- Expert archers
- Could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right
- Relatives of Saul (loyal anyway)
Warriors from the Tribe of Gad: (1 Chronicles 12: 8-15)
- Experienced warriors
- Expert with shield and spear
- Fierce as lions
- Swift as deer on the mountains
- Weakest among them could take on one hundred troops
- Strongest among them could take on 1,000 troops
Warriors from Benjamin and Judah: (1 Chronicles 12: 16-18)
Warriors from Manasseh: (1 Chronicles 12:19-21)
- Brave and able
The Rest of the Tribes: (1 Chronicles 12:22-37)
- Armed with shields and spears
- Brave warriors
- Men who understood the signs of the times
- Fully armed and Prepared for battle
- Completely Loyal
- Skilled warriors
- Trained warriors
- Armed with every kind of weapon
Woah! I keep saying this throughout this series in 1 Chronicles… but this gets me so excited… so inspired! All of those men had so many different strengths. Just look at those lists! What an incredible army…
The Lord’s Army
I can so easily get excited about these stories. Stories of men who lived many years ago. Valiant men who fought faithfully for their King.
But when I look up from the pages of scripture… when I open my eyes to our present time, I would be greatly amiss if I didn’t acknowledge the army of believers that are rising up. We are called to be warriors for Christ. To don the armor of God. We are called to fight…
And I believe we are fighting…
Can I confess something to you? Sometimes I get so caught up in my own battles that I fail to recognize warriors fighting next to me. And when I fail to recognize the warriors fighting next to me it is impossible to recognize that they are in fact fighting with me.
Friends, we are called to be a united body in Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (ESV)
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
And the passage goes on to talk about our need for one another
… the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”…
So all of the qualities of the warriors above? They are not just qualities of individuals, but qualities of a united army… and such are we today.
Warriors that Join
And can we take a look at the context in which these warriors became warriors? They joined while David was still in hiding. Before the rest of the nation recognized him as King.
The warriors joined David in his time of need and for a greater purpose.
Check this out:
1 Chronicles 12:22-23 (NLT)
Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God. These are the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron. They were all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the Lord had promised.
Day after day…
The soldiers gathered.
They knew it was right.
They knew it was God.
And so they gathered.
This greater purpose drove them.
And this… this is the one word every warrior for Christ must know. Together we will be victorious!