The Right Battle
19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears: 20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock. 21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. 22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.
There was concern about the Israelites not having weapons for war
The smith(lohaar) was not found(someone was searching)
The Philistines thought about this and wanted to keep weapons from them
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
They had never won battles by might or strength(shakti, yogyayaa)
Not by having the most people
Not by having the best weapons(shastra-haru)
Not by the best leaders(netaa)
The Lord gave them victory!
Not their swords or strength!
13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel.
2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
They were already fighting(laDnu) against an enemy that was MUCH larger than them:
Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,
5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven.
And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven.
1 Samuel 13:
And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred men.
1 Samuel 13:
166 enemies(shatru) for every Israelite soldier
If you are fighting alone against 166 enemies
Having a spear(bhaalaa) instead of an ax(bancharo) is not important
Your sword’s(tarabaar) sharpness(tikho) is not important
It is important that you have God fighting on your side(pakshya)!
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We often forget(bhulnu) that our battle(laDaai) is not a physical one
It is spiritual
We are worried(chintaa) about bank accounts(shrestaa)
Opinions of others
Government and laws(kaanun)
When God told Paul to do something, he didn’t check his physical(bhaautik) resources(saadhan)
Strength(shakti), support(sahaaraa, samarthan), finances(bittiya)
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Our inheritance(paitrik sampati), God’s will is not accomplished(sampanna garnu) by flesh and blood
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
We need to get on our knees(ghu’Daa) and pray to God
We need to get on our knees and pray to God
We need to search the scriptures for guidance(netritwa)
Victory is of the Lord!
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: But safety is of the Lord.