The life and ministry of Jesus were characterized by compassion. The biblical record of His miracles occasionally mentions that fact, and one might say His incarnation occurred because of His compassion. A disciple of Christ
We live in an age when candidates are chosen to lead a nation according to how they look on television rather than on their ideas. This shows that what God said to Samuel still holds
The very reason missionaries and others are needed to share the gospel of Christ is, in essence, the same reason God gave Israel a king, That reason is people’s rejection of God. That attitude 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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