I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
The Israelites marched out of Egypt in military order (Ex. “13:18, “harnessed;” marg., “five in a rank”). Each tribe formed” “a battalion, with its own banner and leader (Num. 2:2; 10:14).” In war the army was divided into thousands and hundreds under “their several captains (Num. 31:14), and also into families” (Num. 2:34; 2 Chr. 25:5; 26:12). From the time of their entering “the land of Canaan to the time of the kings, the Israelites made” “little progress in military affairs, although often engaged in” warfare. The kings introduced the custom of maintaining a “bodyguard (the Gibborim; i.e., “heroes”), and thus the nucleus” “of a standing army was formed. Saul had an army of 3,000 select” warriors (1 Sam. 13:2; 14:52; 24:2). David also had a band of soldiers around him (1 Sam. 23:13; 25:13). To this band he afterwards added the Cherethites and the Pelethites (2 Sam. 15:18; 20:7). At first the army consisted only of infantry (1 “Sam. 4:10; 15:4), as the use of horses was prohibited (Deut.” 17:16); but chariots and horses were afterwards added (2 Sam. “8:4; 1 Kings 10:26, 28, 29; 1 Kings 9:19). In 1 Kings 9:22 there” is given a list of the various gradations of rank held by those who composed the army. The equipment and maintenance of the army “were at the public expense (2 Sam. 17:28, 29; 1 Kings 4:27;” “10:16, 17; Judg. 20:10). At the Exodus the number of males above” “twenty years capable of bearing arms was 600,000 (Ex. 12:37). In” “David’s time it mounted to the number of 1,300,000 (2 Sam.” 24:9).
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