1 Chronicles 5
-This chapter entails the history lineage of the tribes of Reuben (the first born of Israel, but not the owner of the birthright [Joseph] or the prevailing [Judah], 1 Chronicles 5:1-2), Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh (who was Joseph’s son, the other half consisted of Ephraim). These tribes settled on the eastern side of the Jordan and were eventually carried away to the north and east with the Assyrian exile never to come back to the land because of their idolatry forsaking the LORD (1 Chronicles 5:25-26). However, this, as we see in the text, was not always the case. They at one time were strong men of valor and sought after and trusted God for wisdom and direction in battle (1 Chronicles 5:20). God at that time was with them in triumph, and they enjoyed many years of stability and success (1 Chronicles 5:22). *Application* We see here in this passage the case for a just war. In verse 22 there is clear evidence that there are times when war is “of God.” Not that the LORD loves war or destruction; He is a God of love. But, there are times when evil must be stopped and the good must advance on the enemy. These wars serve His purpose and ultimate fulfillment in the Kingdom of God. God in His sovereignty knows the heart of man and will at times call for the shedding of blood that is guilty before him as we see in this passage.
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 5:22