War and God’s Will
Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me [is] thine help. 11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took [him] away in my wrath.
The children of Israel wanted a King to go ahead of them and fight their wars. Wars that were taking place between the nations. Was this Gods will for his people? What was his perfect will?
Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [is] in him. 22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
What would God be? He would be an enemy to their enemies. This was his plan for them.
Exodus 23:27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. 28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
Gods plan for them was that they wouldn’t have to put a finger forth to get the enemies out of their life. God would be their enemy and he would deal with them and send the fear upon them to run away. They wouldn’t come to fight the Israelites but would turn their backs on them by God sending them hornets to drive them out. He would have worked through nature, that was Gods plan. Yet they wanted a king to go before them to fight the battles. Gods will was not that but he gave them a king. His will was that they would not have to do anything to war against their enemies.
2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.
Jericho and Gideon are an example. If the apprentices don’t want to do the Master’s will, He altars His perfect will to coincide with the will of man but it was not his perfect will. It is not Gods will either that Christians today should participate in warfare in any shape or form including medic or army chaplain. We are pilgrims and strangers earth, ambassadors to Christ. We don’t involve ourselves with the politics in a kingdom we are not part of.
I was shown that God’s people… In the army… cannot obey the truth and at the same time obey the requirements of their officers. There would be a continual violation of conscience. Worldly men are governed by worldly principles. They can appreciate – no other. 1T 361.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
“The Christian thinks of any other man—English, German, French, Russian, Turk, Chinese, or African—simply as a man and therefore a possible heir of God through Christ. If that other man, no matter what his race or nation, be also a Christian, then the bond becomes mutual and therefore still stronger. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. It is for this reason that it is impossible for a Christian to engage in war. He knows no distinction of nationality, but regards all men as his brothers. The life of Christ is his life, for he is one with Christ. It would be as impossible for him to fight as it would be for Christ to have seized a sword and fought in self-defense when the Roman soldiers came for Him. And two Christians can no more fight against each other than Christ can fight against Himself. Glad Tidings. Glad Tidings. E J Waggoner
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.