Thursday, December 3, 2009

Working Together

So this week’s character is… (cue trumpet playing) Joab!
1 Chronicles 19:10-15
When Joab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, he chose some of Israel’s best and put them in battle array against the Syrians. And the rest of the people he put under the command of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in battle array against the people of Ammon. Then he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be off good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the LORD do what is good in His sight.”
So Joab and the people who were with him drew near for the battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. When the people of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fleeing, they also fled before Abishai his brother, and entered the city. So Joab went to Jerusalem.

Joab probably had one of the best ‘let’s work together’ attitudes ever. So unless those who are reading this are planning an attack or defense against another country, we need to change the story a little to fit our needs.

Who is our enemy? Satan and his followers (a.k.a. ‘the world’). So we’re lined up to fight against the world (with our Christ-like words and actions and witnessing). The kid next to you says, ‘okay. If they’re too strong for me, you help me. If they’re too strong for you, I’ll help you. Don’t worry, we need to be strong for the people we’re trying to help. May God’s will be done.’.

We’re supposed to fellowship together to do just this? So how do we help each other? We pray for them, and give them Bible verses that apply to the situation.

And the enemy fled from before them. Ours will too, someday, if we keep serving God with all of our hearts.

So next week’s character is:
-the Old Testament’s Hitler
-convinced a king to go along with his killing spree until the queen stopped him
-was hung on the same gallows he built for the Jew he hated most

In His Service,

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