CHANGING YOUR BATTLE STRATEGY
King David was victorious because He asked the Lord when and how to do battle. We learned in the last lesson that victory “broke out” when David inquired of the Lord. I find it interesting that the name of the twin boy who pushed past his brother was Perez. If you remember, his brother’s arm came out first and the midwife tied a scarlet thread around his wrist. However, Perez “broke through” to become the firstborn son of Tamar and Judah. Perez means “breaking forth.” (Zerah means “scarlet” – and there’s a whole sermon there relating to the scarlet cord Rahab hung from her window, giving us a picture of the blood of Jesus which is the only way to salvation). The meanings of names in Bible times were very important, as we see here.
There were some battlegrounds named for Perez. Last week we read about Baal Perazim, where victory broke forth for David. We’ll look at a couple more of these examples in future lessons. This week, we’ll look at how God gave David specific instructions when he inquired.
These stories were written for our example, because each of us is in a battle of our own. Our battles all look different, but we are engaged in spiritual warfare every day as we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We have an enemy of our soul who came to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one, and He came that we might have life more abundantly. Isn’t this a good reason to ask the Lord how to do battle? If you inquire, He will answer…and He may change your battle strategy. You just have to ask, listen, and obey.
I think you’ll get more out of these verses if you check them out in a few different versions. The Amplified Bible gives interesting insight into the Proverb readings, but I like the NIV for the verses in Exodus. God bless you as you apply God’s Word to your daily life.
READ 2 SAMUEL 5:23-25
1. This is the second time in this chapter David inquired of the Lord; how did God instruct him this time? What was the signal that assured him of victory over the Philistines?
READ EXODUS 28:29-30 (NIV explains it well)
2. Before the coming of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, how did people of the Old Testament determine God’s will? Aaron was the high priest who represented the people before God. What different things did he bear over his heart? What were the means of making decisions called? (Use you Bible notes if necessary).
READ PROVERBS 16:3 (AMPLIFIED)
3. What will the Lord do for us when we commit everything to Him?
READ PROVERBS 16:33 (AMPLIFIED)
4. What assurance of God’s leading do we find here? What do these stories and proverbs say to you personally? Has God ever led you to change your battle strategy when you stopped to ask for help?
Jesus is our High Priest who represents us before the Father. He knows our names. In fact, scripture says He engraves them on the palms of His hands. He is our Mediator and guides us in every decision of life. Our God is Sovereign over the kingdoms of men. It might seem like the lot is cast and your circumstances are coincidental, but all the pieces of our lives from beginning to end are in His hand. God is in control. So keep asking for help…inquire of the Lord, my friends.