1 Chronicles 12 Commentary

First Chronicles 12 Commentary


The blessing of victory resides in decent weaponry, expert task execution, timing, and preparedness. Oneness of heart and loyalty to the common cause. There is a set of values that the LORD ordained to host the blessing of victory. This chapter is full of these values.

“They were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed.” The Body of Christ needs men and women with extraordinary abilities. Their weakness, left hand, should be as strong and their strength, right hand.

“They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.” The saint’s face must speak volumes.

“The least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.” Let there be a testimony of the workings of the LORD in the saint’s life.

“We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” This kind of human support system is very cheap yet indispensable. We need encouragers in the Church of Christ.

“All of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.” It is always good to have ready-made personnel in the ranks. They need very little supervision.

From Judah, carrying shield and spear; they didn’t come empty-handed.

From Simeon, warriors ready for battle; you don’t have to waste resources training them.

“Zadok, a brave young warrior.” This is a total package! It speaks of posterity, youthful zeal and unending energy, and longevity.

“Most of whom had remained loyal to Saul’s house until then.” There should be a history of loyalty. You want to question a potential employee who has changed jobs 5 times in the last 5 years.

“From Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans.” Is there a record of success where the saint is coming from?

“From Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” Men who value the gift of time are themselves of great value in any setup. And if they also know what must be done, what more can you ask for?

“From Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty.” Experience adds steel and reliability, and a healthy pool of knowledge to any operation. Undivided loyalty to the calling is always key.

Naphtali—1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears. You need numbers but the numbers must be equipped.

From Dan, ready for battle—28,600. They don’t have to be jump-started.

From Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle—40,000; There is strength in numbers, but these numbers must be quality numbers.

And from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon—120,000. The Trans-Jordan tribes contributed a huge army. The church requires these numbers, with all sorts of competencies. It’s this kind of environment that made David very strong. It wasn’t a one-man show. Everyone who came brought value to the operation.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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