Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day 213 Victim to Victory

Genesis 49:19 "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.

Number 32:16 Then they (Gadites and Reubenites) came up to him (Moses) and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children. But we are ready to arm ourselves and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land.We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his inheritance.We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance has come to us on the east side of the Jordan."

1 Chronicles 12:8;14;18 Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the desert. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains......These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand..... Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said:"We are yours, O David!We are with you, O son of Jesse!Success, success to you,and success to those who help you, for your God will help you." So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.

The turns and twists of history, when Jacob gave his blessing back in Genesis, it was a one liner not much to speak about really. But they stand out among the warriors with David, faces like lions, the least was a match for a hundred and the greatest for a thousand, wow that's impressive.

They may have been "the victim" of a raiding party but they surely turned the tide and lived the destiny of responsibility, honor, loyalty and provided consistent leadership. BTW Gad was not the eldest of the sons,he was somewhere in the middle.

Indeed the eldest sons' tribe Reubenites aligned themselves with Gadites to possess the land east of the Jordan. Reuben was the initial commander of the army but Gad must have made the most of the training to achieve such an accolade in Scripture as in life.

What does our training look like? 1 John 2:13-15
I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children,
because you have known (recognize, conscious of and understand amp. bible) the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives (always in your hearts amp bible) in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

Knowing God as Creator, then Father, being strong with that knowledge, having the word of God in us and overcoming evil with good.

Lets recap the verbs that spell Victory:
to recognize,be aware of, be conscious of, understand, the Father and His Word
enables us to overcome the evil one and his entourage!

That's the good fight - Onward and Upward!

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