1 Chronicles 7 & 8: Bands Of Soldiers
Verse of the Day: (7:4) 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.
1. Sons (7:1-2)
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. (7:2)
Though God blessed the 12 sons of Israel, yet He only chose some to be His mighty soldiers in their generations to protect Israel and their families, and fight against their enemies and possess the Promised Land. From the sons of Tola, God chose 22,600 mighty soldiers to fight against their enemies. Likewise, though God bless every member of His church, yet each member has different roles in their service to Him as they have different strengths and weaknesses. While Jesus, God’s Son, is the Head of the church, He chooses the pastor as the human head of the church, and the deacons to assist him. Every member including the pastor and deacons are the sons of God and sinners saved by His grace. (John 1:12) Though some members are prominent like the hands and legs and like the mighty soldiers of Israel, yet others like the thumbs and toes though they seem insignificant are equally important like the wives and children. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
2. Soldiers (7:3-40)
And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Micahel, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men. (7:3)
From the sons of Uzzi, God chose 36,000 mighty soldiers to fight against their enemies. Who were their enemies? Their enemies were none other than the devil and the demons and those who rejected God and persecuted His people. Indeed, God’s greatest desire is that all mankind created in His own image, whether in the days of Chronicles, or since the beginning of time of the first couple, Adam and Eve, or even today, to believe in and worship Him so that we shall have abundant lives with Him now and forever. (2 Peter 3:9)
3. Saul (8:1-40)
And Ner Begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal. (8:33)
Saul, the son of Kish, was the first king of Israel, and he was from the tribe of Benjamin. Alas, Saul failed miserably as a king, and God removed him, and replaced him with David, the son of Jesse, from the tribe of Judah, a man after His heart. Indeed, Jesus Christ, our Saviour, came from the line of David, and the tribe of Judah. (Acts 13:21-24)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am one of Your soldiers with You as my Captain.