Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Edifier du Jour-I Chronicals 12:23-38(NASB)
23 Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD. 24 The sons of Judah who bore shield and spear were 6,800, equipped for war. 25 Of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100. 26 Of the sons of Levi 4,600. 27 Now Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron, and with him were 3,700, 28 also Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his father's house twenty-two captains. 29 Of the sons of Benjamin, Saul's kinsmen, 3,000; for until now the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30 Of the sons of Ephraim 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers' households. 31 Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were designated by name to come and make David king. 32 Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart. 34 Of Naphtali there were 1,000 captains, and with them 37,000 with shield and spear. 35 Of the Danites who could draw up in battle formation, there were 28,600. 36 Of Asher there were 40,000 who went out in the army to draw up in battle formation. 37 From the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites and the Gadites and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, there were 120,000 with all kinds of weapons of war for the battle. 38 All these, being men of war who could draw up in battle formation, came to Hebron with a perfect heart to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king.
Focus if you will, as Pastor Dave did on Sunday, on verse 32. All the other tribes were praised for their battle prowess, while the sons of Issachar were praised for their understanding and knowledge. That passage gave me flashback; it was about a decade ago that my dad made a trip to Australia to visit his missionary friend Geoff (sp?). While he was there, a local prophetess in a part of Australia away from Geoff's home turf of Cairns, not knowing either of them, came up and called my dad and Geoff sons of Issachar; well, Dad does have a gift for the prophetic, getting many more than one word of knowledge over the years. She also told them that they'd be going to Israel soon; that was not on either of their dockets. Shortly thereafter Dad and Geoff got an offer from a Japanese friend of Geoff's to join them on a trip to Israel; the Japanese gal knew nothing of that prophecy. This is the only other time that I'd have heard that passage invoked and it's a good one to remember. Some people may have big numbers and big muscles, but the guy who has wisdom and has a gift for understanding what to do next is better than ten guys who are physically gifted but unwise. Good leaders will have some "sons of Issachar" on their staff, people with extra-strong sets of spiritual antennae for picking up the Holy Spirit, or at least having a seemingly more mundane sense of the times; I'm tempted to brag on Dubya's staff right now. Those people will be able to advise the leader what to do, and more importantly, what not to do; I'm reminded of the old sports adage that the best trade is often the one you don't make. Thus, don't snicker at leaders who have a few people who might not have the flashiest resumes but who's advice the leader trusts. In a political leader, they might be trusted friends from back home that add to the [insert leader's locale] Mafia they bring to the capital. In a pastor, they might be the church elder that may not be the richest or smartest, but has wisdom beyond their station in life. They might just be modern sons of Issachar.

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