These blogs come from a message preached August 25 in Escondido, California.
A large number of officers led charges against enemy positions in the American Civil War. As an extreme example, the South lost nine generals in one day in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.
Military strategists afterward decided to reduce officer mortality by removing them from front-line command. Which led, in WWI, to the most imbecilic strategy by both German and Allied commanders. Lacking personal knowledge of the terrain, they made impossible demands on their men. As General Gavin stressed from his WWII experience, a general had to get the smell of gunpowder in his nostrils to successfully direct troops in action.
God’s sovereignty was expressed in the battle of the Forest of Ephraim waged between David and Absalom’s armies. The text offers three proofs.
A. He Inspired David to Re-organized His Fighting Men
Whatever the previous arrangement, he re-organized it into three corps. Interestingly, after General Jackson’s death at Chancellorsville, General Lee re-organized his army into three corps. The decision in both armies reflected a smaller force being more capable of meeting a larger force. Each of David’s corps commanders had earned his position as a proven, trustworthy leader: Joab as the ultimate commander in David’s absence, Abishai and Ittai leading the other two.
Note the kind of men who served under David: Abishai had been with David when a giant Philistine tried to kill the king. Abishai instead killed him. He also “raised his spear against 300 men, whom he killed. Josheb-Basshebeth killed 800 men in one encounter. Sibbeci killed another Philistine giant. Eleazer stood his ground when others retreated. He stayed alone until relieved. When relieved, his hand had frozen to the sword’s hilt. Benaiah descended into a pit and killed a lion. Jonathan, David’s nephew, heard a Philistine giant taunt Israel. The warrior had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Nevertheless, Johnathan went forward and killed him.
Give David credit for showing it could be done. Give the warriors of Israel credit for following David’s example. These few served as vthe kind of men who would defend David’s crown. End Part I