So Far we had describe all the individual warriors of David to part 6

Part 6: The Warriors By The Well Of Bethlehem
Part 7: The Warriors Of The Tribe Of Benjamin
Part 8 & Part 9 : The Warriors Of The Tribe Of Gad

Now we would talk about warriors from the tribe of Benjamin, Judah and Manasseh.

1 Chron 12:16-18 talks about a group of warriors from Judah and Benjamin
1 Chron 12::19-22: talks about a group of warriors from Manasseh

Interestingly, the warriors of Judah and Benjamin were actually soldiers who used to be serving King Saul. David had the courage to include them into his army. From that incident we can see the importance of trust and truthfulness.

While David trusts the men who had deflected from King Saul, you will notice that the Lords Of The Philistines do not share the same trust, it can be seen in their treatment of the Warriors from the Tribe of Manasseh (1 Chron 12:19-22).

In that incident, David was marching with the Philistines Lord to battle against King Saul, but they did not allow these warriors to join in as they are worried that they would “betray them to King Saul”.

Anyone who had understood that war is deceit can relate to why one should not trust defected enemies and enlist them in warfare. Yet King David had the courage to enlist them. It makes one wonder why David had the courage to trust.

The key to unlock the reason behind David’s actions lies in the understanding of how he handles doubt.

1. The Honest Doubt

1 Chron 12:16-18: There are warriors from the tribe of Benjamin and Judah who join David, they were soldiers who serve under King Saul. While they came to seek David, it was no wonder that David was suspicious. He must have many questions in his mind such as “Are you willing to help me? Are you a spy?” David life is filled with betrayals by the people he trusts. Many of these men appear to be loyal to him, able to understand the will of God. Yet they betrayed him all the same.

The suspicions of David are honest and we must learn to doubt at times. David has a valid reason to question the loyalty of his men, especially when they appear as if they have just betrayed their formal master King Saul. David is unsure if their spirits are right before God.

Elder John once spoke to the church in his letter

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God” – Elder John (1 John 4:1)

However this does not mean that we are not to believe any spirit. But it is reminding us to be careful, not to believe easily. In an event of a doubt, we should learn to question. We doubt not because of unbelief but because we want to believe fully. Is that spirit really from God? If it’s true, I will believe, if not I will not believe it.

This is an example of a honest doubt, arising from a truthful man.

However there is one type of doubt that is undesirable, it happens when we choose to suspect the individual with no intention to dispel the suspicions. We refuse to belief even if the other party is truthful to us because we have already concluded he is guilty. Yet on the surface we pretend that we trust him and assure him that everything is going to be alright.

People who practise this type of doubt are hypocrites and will never be sincere to the people around him.

David treats every warrior with sincerity. He airs his doubts openly and not keeps them in his heart.

2. How David Handles The Doubt

Everyone have the right to doubt and be skeptical. But the differentiating factor between sincere people who doubts verses one who is a hypocrite lies on the fact that the formal would not keep his suspicions to himself. He will probably speak like this, “I am suspicious of your actions can you explain to me why you did this or that? I am suspicious of you because I was wondering how the events could turn up this way.”

David is one who express his doubts openly, but there are times when hate such honestly. For example we get angry whenever someone raises their doubt, and we may remark “Do you doubt my integrity? Am I a dishonest person? Do you doubt my character?”

But I believe that if we are not guilty of the charge, we will be happy to explain ourselves, clearing the party mind of doubts. By so doing, we can prove our innocence and win the trust of the other party.

Therefore, we must learn to admire and appreciate people who are genuinely suspicious. They are truthful and are not hypocrites. They will not say “I trust you” yet doubts in their mind.

Let us emulate David’s method of resolving suspicions. Once the doubt is cleared, he trusts the man fully, and gave assignment to them. If we continue our suspicions against our coworkers, we would constantly be on guard against them, thus allowing ourselves to suffer.

There are times when we observe the “body language” of others in doubt. Sometimes we try to analyse our observation by asking questions such as “Why did he turn his head and walk away?”, “If he is not guilty, why did he look away?” or “Why is he talking to me with “Slanting Eyes”? Is he looking down at me?”. This usually make us doubful and distrusts others

best way is to talk to him and ask him directly. Perhaps he may be surprised that his reply may be “I did not notice that, sorry if it offended you.”

Therefore my friends, let us not do things in dark and doubt in secret, let us learn to treat people with sincerity and honestly

3. The Basis For Honestly And Sincerity

As we are reading this, sometimes we will wonder, how is it possible for David to maintain his honestly and sincerity to his men. This secret could be understood if we look at his response to the warriors from Saul.

“If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgement.” – David (1 Chron 12:16)

The Basis for honesty and sincerity is God. David maintains his honestly and sincerity based on the fact that God is watching and judging over them.

David once wrote

“Vindicate me, O LORD,
For I have walked in my integrity.
I have also trusted in the LORD;
I shall not slip.
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me;
Try my mind and my heart.
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your truth.
I have not sat with idolatrous mortals,
Nor will I go in with hypocrites.
have hated the assembly of evildoers,
And will not sit with the wicked.
I will wash my hands in innocence;
So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,”-David (Ps 26:1-6)

There are some who reckons that if David holds on to reverence to God, he would be incapable of showing deceitfulness. But let us take a step back and ask ourselves “is it possible for him to become a deceitful and scheming snake?”

In fact David is capable of being deceitful and scheming. If he were to turn his scheming mode on, he can enter a state of hypocrisy that no one can ever tear his facade apart. In fact David demonstrated his deceitfulness once in his life. It became so bad that God has to tear up the facade by sending Prophet Nathan to speak on his behalf.

When Nathan told him the parable of the poor man and his sheep, Nathan just replied plainly, “You are the man”. David knew that it is not because Nathan is intensely brave but rather it was the judgement of God. He had been truthful all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittte and Bathsheba

But then it would be unfair to now brand David as a evil person, only God knows. Moreover, God was willing to forgive him, for most of his life, he had feared God and is just. Therefore as Christian soldier of Christ we must make sure that we must follow God, most and if possible, all the days of our lives.

4. The Warriors Response

There are times we wonder how can we prove our truthfulness? Is there a need to cut our hearts open or to make a oath? Actually the Warriors of David did not do that. Amasai who was their leader simply replied

We are yours, O David;
We are on your side, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.” – Amasai (1 Chron 12:18)

In fact he is telling David, “We are like you, we serve God, we are not disloyal to Saul, and we did not leave Saul because he had mistreated us. Indeed if we could betray our former master, we could betray you as well, but we joined because we knew that you are Gods anointed.”

The warriors of David joined David according to the word of the Lord, Their true master is God himself. They came to David because they fear the Lord. David knew that God is the judge between the men and him should they deal with him treacherously. David knew that God will judge each man according to his actions. Therefore David is able to set his mind at ease

We know that the warriors of David joined David according to the will of God. The Lord is their true master. God is the judge between David and his followers, it assures David. It is easy for David to believe because they all worshipped the same God.

We can see here that these warriors did not make a oath or use the name of God as a testimony to their loyalty.

5. Using The Name Of God As Assurance

Sometimes it makes us wonder, is there a need to “swear to God” or use the name of God to be a surety for our words? But on the hind side, what type of assurance will it bring? While we are people who will not dare to use the name of God in vain.

That will not stop others from invoking the name of God and cheats, because he does not believe that he exists. These people make use of Godliness as a method of gain.

If Christians were to swear an oath in the name of God and cheats, will God forgive such treachery?

Let us read what God has spoken through Zechariah the Prophet

“These are the things you shall do:
Speak each man the truth to his neighbour;
Give judgement in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbour;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the LORD.” – Zechariah (Zech 8:16-17)

From the words of the prophets, it seems that we should be truthful to our neighbour. Does that mean we can be dishonest to others? Especially if they are non Christians?

We have to understand that non Christians are still the children of God even though they they do not know God. Therefore we must always be truthful and sincere in whatever we do.

In those days, the Israelites brings their dispute and trades at the gates of their cities. Therefore here the prophet told the people to give judgements in the gates. and God requires them to judge by truth and justice. If we were to malign others and pretend that we are innocent, God will know, and that will be a testimony against us.

Therefore let us not make an oath hastily using the name of God , let our yes be yes and our no be no. There is no need to swear to increase our credibility. It is up to the individual to choose to believe. But if we were to swear in the name of God and cheat, we would be adding sin onto sin.

Let us learn to be truth and take responsibility for our words and actions. If we have indeed lost some credibility at times, we could slowly earn them back, without losing our grace in God. However if we are dishonest but yet refuse to step down and admit defeat, on the contrary we lie and make and oath to run away, we would have more to lose, we would lose our integrity as well as the blessing of God.

Like what Zechariah said, these are things that God hate, therefore we must be truthful in our lives. Just like the warriors of Benjamin and Judah, the bible did not talk about their skills of wars, but they bear testimony that they are moved by God and are willing help David.

A truthful heart way surpasses many techniques of war. God wanted his servants to be without Guile. Just like what Jesus said about Nathaniel

“Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” – Jesus (Jn 1:47)

May we one day receive the same praise from the Lord