Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quick Post -- What made the difference in the battle?

Reading through the genealogies in 1 Chronicles has not very exciting or meaningful of late. However, something caught my eye in chapter 5. The tribes on the eastern side of the Jordan were able to defeat an army twice their size. How did that happen?

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.

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