“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’– Deuteronomy 20:1-4 ESV
There are so many instances throughout the Bible that God tells us, “The Battle is the LORDS”! It is God’s battle- which is already won, see the book of Revelation. God is all about Glory and in DRAMA, in CONFLICT and RESOLUTION, there is always drama, ups and downs, there is always more glory! Moses was used by God to bring His people out of slavery and into their own nation. God used Moses to free over a million of His children from the most powerful nation of the time, without raising a single weapon of war against them. Then God used Moses to create a country for themselves, by removing many peoples, and fighting many wars with better equipment, more numerous people, and with resources and experience that would dwarf the wandering marauders. God did this for HIS WILL, and then recorded it so that thousands of years later, many would read of their exploits and become equipped to fight the same battle, at a different time. At the Red Sea, when it looked THE WORST for the wandering Children of God, it was there that God established the understanding, “The Battle is the LORD’S”. And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14) The Lord is fighting for us today as well! We just have to have Faith and realize, “THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS”!
Leader, throughout the Old Testament this theme was reinforced, and we were reminded, “The battle is the Lords”, because we are a ‘stiff-necked’ people, and we have short-term and long-term memory problems. We know a little boy David, took on a giant named Goliath from Gas, and was successful because the BATTLE IS THE LORDS. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:45-47) Then again, we hear this message in the story of Gideon and his 300 men against the powerful Midianite army of over 135,000 soldiers. “While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath. Israelites from Naphtali, Asher and all Manasseh were called out, and they pursued the Midianites.” (Judges 7:21-23) THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS!
Conduit, you can find the same scenario, same mindset, the same outcome all throughout the Old Testament; God fighting for his people as they receive victory after victory- BUT, the BATTLE IS THE LORDS. See this in 2 Kings 18:13-19:37, with Hezekiah and the Assyrians. See this in 2 Chronicles 20 with Jehoshaphat’s victories against a unified army of the Moabites, Ammonites, joined together with some of the Meunites. This is why the book of DEUTERONOMY is so critical to a WARRIOR OF GOD! It is one of my favorite books of the Bible. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is the 8th chapter of this WARRIORS BOOK. Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. (Deuteronomy 8:2-4) This is why it is important to know the WHOLE BIBLE, the OLD and NEW Testaments. Jesus’ most quoted book of the Bible is…Deuteronomy. However, there is debate whether it is actually Deuteronomy or the book of Psalms- I trust those who Say DT! Chuck Missler stated: “Not surprisingly, the New Testament authors mentioned Moses more frequently than any other Old Testament person. His concluding remarks after a 120-year lifetime have been handed down to us as the Book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is essentially a series of sermons by the greatest Old Testament prophet. Jesus Himself quoted more from Deuteronomy than from any other portion of the Old Testament. In a sense, Deuteronomy is the “Book of Romans” of the Old Testament. The Hebrew title of the book is ‘elleh haddebarim (“these are the words”) in keeping with the Hebrew custom of often titling a work by its first word(s). The English title Deuteronomy stems from the Septuagint’s mistranslation of Deuteronomy 17:18, “this repetition of the Law.” The Septuagint translated those words deuteronomion (deutero means “two” or “second,” and nomion is “law”; lit., “second Law.”” If Jesus’ 3 rebuttals to the Temptations of the Devil, (see Luke and Matthew 4), were all quoted from Deuteronomy, this should tell us- it is important! Today, fill your heart and mind with God’s whole WORD, so you can remember: The Battle is the Lords!