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
Part 10 : The Warriors Of The Tribe Of Benjamin, Judah and Manasseh

These are the groups of Warriors that joined David before he become the King Of Hebron. While some of my friends wonder “When will this story teller end his stories about the warriors of David?” There are actually 3 groups of soldiers that are noteworthy,.

These soldiers joined David during his 7 years rule in Hebron. That was the time where there were Civil War in Israel and the house of Saul is fighting against the house of David. These warriors understood the will of God and joined the ranks of the warriors of David

The bible mentioned them by their numbers but there are 3 stands out as we read the list of warriors

1. Warriors From The Tribe Of Benjamin, The Kinsman of Saul (1 Chron 12:29)
2. Warriors From The Tribe Of Issachar (1 Chron 12:32)
3. Warriors From The Tribe Of Zebulun (1 Chron 12:33)

I hope to close the series soon and write the other topics.

Interesting Facts About The Tribe Of Benjamin

During the period when i was reading up on the warriors of David. We can see a something interesting about how the tribe of Benjamin reacted to this.

Saul is a Benjamite, from the Tribe of Benjamin. Therefore the tribe of Benjamin have a blood relationship with Saul.

Similarly when King Saul was killed in action, the tribe of Judah allowed David to rule in Hebron. Hebron is a city for the tribe of Judah.

Therefore we can easily see that blood is thicker than water. We can also see the reason why the tribe of Benjamin is in a dilemma when it comes to joining David. Joining David would mean betrayal of their kindred.

Groups of Benjamites That Joined David

Interestingly the throughout the conflict between David and Saul, the Benjamites have rallied under Saul. there are some of the warriors of Benjamin who joined David in groups

1. When David is at Zilag, a group helpers from Benjamin Joined him (1 Chron 12:1-2)
2. Some of the Benjamites serving under Saul defected to David (1 Chron 12:16)
3. The most part of Saul’s Brethren only joined David when Saul was killed in Battle and David is king at Hebron ( 1 Chron 12:29)

Note that before 1 Chron 12:29, the large part of Tribe Of Benjamin still supported King Saul

Whose Side Are You On?

Whenever we are caught in a conflict between kinsman and a stranger. We will feel trapped in a dilemma. There is a tendency for us to defend our kinsman because they are closer to us.

In those situation choosing to stand on the side of fairness and justice, may result to us being treated like adversaries among our kindred. While some of us may be prepared to lose 1-2 friends for justice sake, how many of us would be willing to lose our family or relatives for the sake of doing the right thing?

Alot of times we find it easy to follow the will of God when everyone heart is in the same direction of God, but what about the situation where following the will of God would make us unpopular among our friends and relatives?

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? ” – Micah (Micah 6:8)

God expects his children to be on his side, and to follow his will and to act justly.

It is the fact that God has tore the kingdom from King Saul and has appointed David as the next king of Israel. God choose David because he is a man after his heart. Although many Benjamites may have understood this fact, but yet their hearts are still because Saul is their kinsmen.

Here I would like to explore with everyone some of the interesting points about these warriors that I have learnt reading their stories, hopefully it will give us the strength to follow the will of God against all odds, as well as teach us to serve God even when the situation is unfavourable.

Having The Right Understanding

If we were to take on the shoes of the Benjamite warriors, i am sure that most of us would have an initial sense of guilt that we are betraying our relatives.

But the warriors of Benjamin are moved by the spirit of God to understand that God has chosen David to be the next king. God has already rejected King Saul after his battle with the Amelakites. Therefore God is on David’s side and God will eventually establish the kingdom of David.

We can safely conclude that these thoughts must have went through the mind of Saul’s kinsmen before they are moved by the Holy Spirit to be part of the army of David. They know that by joining the armies of David they are indeed following the will of God.

Gods Way Can Be A Difficult To Follow

While one may have the right understanding, it doesn’t necessary means that following the will of God is an easy task. As we were talking about the incident Part 10. These warriors are subjected to the scrutiny of King David as well as the Lords Of the Philistines, while the former choose to believe them, but the latter were full of suspicion to their loyalty.

The bible did not mention about the battles that they have participated and we do not have a full picture how “well used” are these men. So I would imagine that they may not be able to participate in some of the battles of David. I came to that conclusion because I was reading about the story between the Warriors of Manasseh in 1 Chron 12:19. These group of warriors wanted to join David when he was on his way to join the philistines to battle Saul. The Philistines Lords refused to let them join in in fear that they may be double agents. I am sure that there will be officers among the ranks of David that may hold these men with suspicions too.

It is not hard for us to understand their plight. For the sake of following the will of God, they have to be branded as “defectors and soldiers without honour” by both their kinsmen as well as their brothers in arms. This is a very difficult task indeed.

While it is easy for us to read through the verses quickly, has it occur to us the amount of difficulty faced by these brave warriors from the tribe of Benjamin and the sacrifice they need to go through in order to follow the will of God? Let us learn to follow the will of God no matter how difficult the situation can become.

The Magnitude Of Service

Judging from the above mentioned situation, I am sure all of you will not be surprised if these kinsman of Saul were only given trivial task and may be denied of an opportunity to participate in battles that are casual in the Establishment of the Kingdom of David. Their strengths were under utilised and they may even be treated with contempt at times.

Lets us take a moment and consider this, if one day we are made to work besides co-workers who viewed us with suspicions and treat us with contempt, are we still able to hold on to our duties?
If one day we find ourselves in a situation where we feel that our skills has been under utilised. Will we still serve willingly and not grudgingly? If we are only given one little task in church, will we be willing to do it?

As Christians who are living in the modern corporate world, we tend to measure our service to the Lord base on the magnitude of our work. We tag “Key Performance Indicator” with numerical values such as the number of people we touched, the number of Unbelievers converted. Whenever we feel that we have done a great job for God, where thousands are edified, we rejoice and cheer over it.. we thank God continuously and shout Hallelujahs and Amens.

But what happens when we are thrown in a situation when we are serving in a small job and when the KPIs are not met, will we find ourselves with difficulty to persevere and continue serving?

We tend to think that God is somehow like our CEO who concentrates on numbers and quantifiable result, we view ministries that are evangelical and crowd facing as more important than simple work such as cooking and pastoral work. Once there was a minister who boast strongly about how evangelical his members are for doing door to door evangelism. In fact they made it look like a big deal until it overshadows all other church work known to the church. Ironically,when the results are lacking and the interest is diminishing, the group find themselves struggling to continue. On the other hand, i saw a group that look slightly unsupportive of the work but yet they continue their ministry of door to door evangelism despite all odds. They are still going strong as I am speaking.

I mentioned before that God do not work like a CEO and the church is not a “corporation” but rather it is the house of God. We should do whatever we can to serve God, and we will do out utmost to serve him, no matter how minor the job seems to be. The reason is because we are doing it for God and not for man to see.

These Benjamite Warriors continue to contribute their bit to the establishment of the kingdom of God. The bible make no mention of the great things they have done, but the bible acknowledges that they overcome all odds and continue to serve even if they are being suspected of betrayal and when their kinsmen misunderstood them.

Indeed, to battle in the large battlefield is the dream of every soldier, Napoleon once visited the plains of Megiddo and he commented that the place for the last battle of earth is a perfect battlefield. He will wish to be able to deploy his troops and fight in that field. As we serve in our ministry, there are times where there are times when big miracles happen in our service, where demons are defeated and are subjected to our orders, when the sick are healed and they look as if we are accomplishing a giant work for God. That is times we feel that we have done a job of great magnitude to the Lord.

When Jesus once sent his 70 disciples to serve, they return with big news, they told Jesus that even the demons are subjected to them in his names. Jesus replied

“”Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” – Jesus (Lk 10:20)

In God eyes, as long as his children are willingly to do his work, he is willing to write all their names in heaven. God takes into account every little work we do, and all he wants from us is to join him in his work to save the world. There are some of us who are able to take on difficult task, there are also some who do not have the gifts to do it. But God values everyone for their contributions no matter how minor the work may seem to other man.

At The End Of The Day

The warriors of David are all skillful men of war, they are mighty in the battlefield constantly reminding themselves that they are serving the Lord while in battle. There are warriors such as the warrior from the tribe of Benjamin who held on to their duty even if it meant displeasure from their kindreds. They view serving God as more important than serving man. They have truly understood the spirit of the Apostles when they boldly said these before the Sanhedrin

“We ought to obey God rather than men” – Peter and The Other Apostles

These warriors have courage to continue obeying God even when they are misunderstood at all sides. They would rather have a small job that is right in the sight of God, then a big job that is opposing to the will of God.

Let us learn to contribute to the Kingdom of God in every little things that we do. Just like what Jesus once spoken off in his parables
“For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” – Jesus (Lk 19:26)

May we all become good servants of God, may we all be faithful over every little thing God has entrusted under our care. May we carry on our duties despite all odds and continue to persevere to establish the kingdom of God. Just like the faithful warriors from the tribe of Benjamin.