The Lord God As A WarriorHandbook 3: Article 47 - The Book Of The Wars Of The Lord

God is reviving His work in the midst of the years: In the midst of the years He is making Himself known.

"God is aroused and risen from His holy habitation, He is moving among us. The Lord will go forth like a warrior. He will arouse His zeal like a a man of war. He will utter a shout. Yes, He will raise a war cry. The Lord arises to contend and stands to judge His people. He has kept silent for a long time. He has kept still and restrained Himself."

The Revelation: Handbook 2

"Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning
And from ancient times, things that have not been done,
Saying: 'My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure...'"

Isaiah 46:9, 10

The Lord As A Warrior As Recorded In the O.T. A Brief History

"Now the sons of Israel moved out... And they journeyed in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, to the sunrise. From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites...

Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord,
'Waheb in Suprah,
And the wadis of the Arnon,
And the slope of the wadis that extends to the site of Ar,
And leans to the border of Moab.'

And from there they continued to Beer, (a well), that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, 'Assemble the people, that I may give them water.' And from the wilderness they continued... to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the wasteland.

Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying, 'Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king's highway until we have passed through your border.' But Sihon would not permit Israel to pass through his border. So Sihon gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. Then Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land. Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites...

And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there. Then they turned and went up by the was of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan with out, he and his people, for battle at Edrei. But the Lord said to Moses, 'Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.' So they smote him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him; and they possessed his land."

Numbers 21:10-35

Other Wars Of The Lord And Other Warriors

Joshua and the Amorites:

"The men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, saying, 'Do not abandon (Lit. slacken your hands from) your servants; come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites that live in the hill country have assembled against us.' So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the valiant warriors. And the Lord said to Joshua, 'Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.'

So Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching (Lit. he went up) all night from Gilgal. And the Lord confounded them before Israel, and He struck them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon, and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. And it came about as they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, that the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far a Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
'O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.'
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel."

Joshua 10:6-15

Deborah, Barak, and Jael:

"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath,
In the days of Jael, the highways were deserted (Lit. had ceased),
And travelers walked twisted ways.
The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel,
Until I, Deborah, arose a mother in Israel.
...Then war was in gates.
Not a shield or a spear was seen
Among forty thousand in Israel.

My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,
The volunteers among the people;
Bless the Lord!
...At the sound of those who divide flocks among the watering places,
There they shall recount the righteous deeds of the Lord,
The righteous deeds for his rural dwellers in Israel.
Then the people of the Lord went down to the gates.

Awake, awake, Deborah;
Awake, awake sing a song!
Arise, Barak, and take away your captives, O son of Abinoam.
Then survivors came down to the nobles;
The people of the Lord came down to me as warriors."

Judges 5:6-11

Songs of War and Praise

"Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,
'That the leaders led in Israel,
That the people volunteered,
Bless the Lord!
Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!
I -- to the Lord, I will sing.
I will sing praise to the Lord, the God of Israel.
Lord, when Thou didst go out from Seir,
When Thou didst march from the field of Edom,
The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped,
Even the clouds dripped water.
The mountains flowed at the presence of the Lord,
This Sinai, at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel.'"

Judges 5:1-5

The song of Moses and the sons of Israel:

"Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said,
'I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father's God, and I will extol Him.
The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name.
...Thy right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,
Thy right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
And in the greatness of Thine excellence (or exultation) Thou dost overthrow those who rise up against Thee;
Thou does send forth Thy burning anger, And it consumes them like chaff.
...Who is like Thee among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like Thee, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?'"

Exodus 15:1-11

Liturgy and instructions for bringing the ark into battle:

"And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and be saved from your enemies."

Numbers 10:9

"The priestly sons of Aaron shall blow the trumpets..."

Numbers 10:8

"Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said,
'Rise up, O Lord!
And let Thine enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate Thee flee from before Thy presence.'
And when it came to rest, he said,
'Return Thou, O Lord
To the myriad thousands of Israel.'"

Numbers 10:35, 36

The song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (N.T.)

John speaking:

"And I saw as it were, a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast and from the image and from the number of his name... And they sang the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb, saying,
'Great and marvelous are Thy works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Thy ways,
Thou King of the nations (or ages).
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?
For Thou alone art holy;
For all the nations will come and worship before Thee,
For Thy righteous acts (or judgments) have been revealed.'"

Revelation 15:2-4

A New Song: (N.T.)

"And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones. And they sang a new song, saying,
'Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood, men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
And Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they shall reign on the earth.'"

Revelation 5:8-10

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