Touches by Ofer Amitai

May 18, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

 

 

Touches: Small Thoughts on a Very Big God

 

1Chr. 12:1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

1Chr. 12:2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

1Chr. 12:23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

1Chr. 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

The most startling thing in the list of those who came over to David in Ziklag is that many of the best warriors in Saul’s army, even his own family, defected to David.

After Saul’s death, as the battle between the house of David and the House of Saul continued to rage, the armies of each tribe, led by its leaders, came over as well.

“They came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of God.”

The word here for “to turn” in Hebrew, is the same as in 1Chronicles 10:14. There, God turned the kingship to David, here men came to turn the kingdom to David in submission to God’s will.

It is in that context that 1Chronicles 12:33 should be read. The leaders of Issachar understood the times— that it was time to turn the kingdom over to David! Thus they are included in the list of those who did so.

What about you? Have you understood the times? Have you understood your salvation? Have you understood that ‘King I’ is an imposter? Have you understood that it is time to defect from ‘King I’ to King Yeshua?

Let us say with Amasai: Thine we are and on thy side!

1Chr. 12:18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

O seed of Israel’s chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!

Blessings,

Ofer

 

 

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 18.05.2020

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