7. Hebrew Worship: The God of War


So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey— the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.  Exodus 3:8  NIV

The Latinos have a saying.  “Fuimos de Guatemala a Guate Peor.”  The American equivalent is “We went from the frying pan into the fire.”

God calmly segues from milk and honey to swords and spears as though it is the most logical pairing of ideas since peaches and cream.  While the Hebrews initially dealt with the thought of war through the classic spirit-of-slavery technique of denial, eventually they were face to face with the reality and decided the fire was less palatable than the frying pan, so they tried to jump back in.

The Hebrews were quite convinced that this war was beyond their capabilities.  After all, they were farmers who got drafted to be brick makers.  War was not in their DNA.  They wanted to do a work around and not have to deal with such a scary subject.

God was quite sure that He was the God of War.  Having whupped the devil when there was a rebellion in heaven, He had no fear at all of any trivial human ruckuses.  He was quite sure that if the Hebrews would show up for the battle, He could do all the heavy lifting for them and let them enjoy the fruits of His nature.

That difference of opinion has persisted down through the years.  So many people in SLG are afraid of doing personal ministry for themselves or others because they have failed a few times in the past.  So they look for a champion, a Joshua, to lead the charge.

However, God did not want Joshua to be their mini-god.  He wanted each tribe to learn to engage the Canaanites and all the other “-ites” through a process of repeated failure and progressive learning about war.  He was quite minimally concerned about victory.  He could have done that Himself.  He wanted His people to know Him as the God of War.  And there is no way for them to know that facet of the nature of God without going to war themselves and experiencing His presence and power.

Not much has changed today.  Each of the great generals of the faith have had to walk a long road of failure, partial success, greater power and then high dominion.  In the process, they have come to know their God as the God of War.  The invitation still stands for us to enter the fray and learn about this side of God.

And the decision of most is to do a workaround instead, finding a way to sort of live at peace with the enemy instead of overcoming him.

I invite you to join me in a prayer of repentance for declining to pay the price to learn about this facet of God which is certainly worth celebrating.

7. Hebrew Worship: The God of War

Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk

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Comments

  1. Megan Caldecourt says

    I appreciate and honor your transparency. This battle is long and hard and has resulted in little of what we hope to see. The leader always has to bear the heaviest burden – picking up yourself and the rest of us. Thank you for finding one more Scripture and crafting one more prayer. I am still pushing with you.

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  2. Joyful says

    Sunday was a day of war. Of “shouting” actually. Yom Teruah.

    “On the 1st day of the Seventh Month (Tishrei) the Torah commands us to observe the holy day of Yom Teruah which means “Day of Shouting” (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1-6).” ( from http://www.nehemiaswall.com/yom-teruah-day-shouting-became-rosh-hashanah )

    I took this to mean to assert strongly all Truth and to clearly reject all that is not Truth. And I took it as a personal task to apply myself to throughout the day. And when the day was done some dark and terrible lurking thing had been broken and I knew that I would never see it again. Like Pharaoh for the Israelites after the Red Sea. Like clear skies after a terrible storm. Like Peter’s experience of being set free from prison by an Angel of the Lord in the book of Acts.

    BTW, the depth of the Father’s engagement with warfare was beautifully illustrated to me in the fictional work by Wendy Alec, “The Fall of Lucifer”. The term “warring angels” now runs in technicolor and 3D in my mind after reading her work.

    It is such a privilege to be affiliated with such a focused, determined tribe where warfare is understood to be a non-negotiable component of our walk with Christ. May we receive this truth that He desires to teach us to war. (Psalm 18:34, 144:1)

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  3. says

    I am thankful for the timing of this prayer, having just returned from a battleground that was costly, feeling more bruised than victorious. Our mandate to engage in war is undeniable and when measures of freedom are witnessed, in part, full on engagement becomes irresistible. May we all arise, in glorious armour and hard-pressed expectation in our God of War, to fight the good fight our King commands. And may we all have friends with sensitive spirits, with fresh oil and wine and bandages, to attend us should the war bring wounds we cannot dress ourselves.

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  4. says

    I think if I had not chosen to recognize the devil and the demonic, with some help from a traveling ministry 40 years ago, I would not be alive today. Successes and failures and learning. But I have been in a different season for a while, and listening to this has called me to repentance, for I have ceased to battle as I know to and become comfortable. I commit myself to the battle against the demonic that is before us as God leads and will begin again to pray and look for the victory.

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  5. Rob Ruckert says

    I acknowledge that my soul is afraid of the war ahead, but with an act of my will I commit to this war until the very end. True Lord God, I say today “I am all in!” No turning back no matter what we must face so that the Lord our God may reveal to the world as well as to the principalities and powers in the heavenly realms a new, dynamic, and powerful facet of His nature as the Warrior God!

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