- The Benjamites: skilled with
the bow and sling
The Gadites: skilled with shield and spear as well as ability to run
The men of Judah: shield and spear
The men of Levi: leaders and officers
The men of Ephraim: Famous for bravery
The men of Manasseh: provided aid against raiding bands
The men of Issachar: Visionaries that understood the times and what needed done.
The men of Zebulun: experienced with every type of weapon
The men of Naphtali: shields and spears
The men of Dan: ready for battle
The men of Asher: men of experience
The men of Reuben, Gad: brought every type of weapon
Each one of these tribes brought their own unique set of gifts to the battlefield. What one tribe lacked in strength or knowledge was made up by those of another tribe. The body of Christ functions in the same way. The fact that all of these men volunteered and were dependent upon others for their own lack of gifts in certain areas made them into a strong army.
- The characteristics that
stand out to me among these lists are: leadership, bravery, and the
ability to understand the times. Unfortunately, I find these gifts lacking
in the Church of America today. I am thankful that they are present among
many here at The StoreHouse, but we need more brave people that can
understand the times that we are in and will take on the mantel of
leadership in order to accomplish the mission.
- The king and all involved
were guilty. Especially the Levites for not following through on God’s instructions
to shoulder the Ark while transporting it. God requires us to shoulder the
responsibility of obedience. We can’t just worship any way that we want
to. True worship is worship that follows the commands of God whether they
are to our liking or not.
- David inquired of God before
going into battle and didn’t presume victory on his own. He was also
careful to burn the idols left behind by the retreating Philistines rather
than run the risk that Israel would adopt them as their own.
- This time David made sure
that the Levites directed the return of the Ark of the Covenant and he
placed the blame of the former disaster squarely on their shoulders
because it was, after all, their responsibility to see to the transport of
- The Ark stood for the very presence and blessing of God upon His people. David was overjoyed that the presence of God would now dwell in the center of his kingdom and he anticipated all of the blessings of God that would come with it. He also realized that he was not fit to stand as king before the King of the Earth and joyfully disrobed before the presence of the Ark.