Twelfth Chapter

Gathering Storm – Painting by Karen Nell McKean

As I began a post about the Watchmen as described in the OT. The term “watchmen” is a metaphor concerning prophets sent by God to warn Israel of coming danger and false prophets such as described in verse from Isaiah below:

“For the leaders of my people— the LORD’s watchmen, his shepherds— are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming.” Isaiah 56:10 (NLT).

I read again this article written by a brother in another state for his church bulletin, which I thought was a better description than I was about to write. Therefore, instead of posting both for comparison, I decided to post his rather than mine instead of…. Okay, I think his is the better rendering and deserves a broader audience than hidden away in a small church bulletin. Therefore, I post it here on this small blog that, while minor, reaches across many seas.


First Chronicles, Twelfth Chapter is a stirring chapter that describes the “mighty men” who helped David in war. If you want to read about some valiant, heroic men, then read this chapter. Among them are the sons of Issachar, who are described as men who “understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.”

“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.”

1 Chronicles 12.32 KJV

People of understanding are able to respond appropriately to the circumstances that surround them. Elders, preachers, teachers and parents need to understand their times in which they live if they are going to know what they, as God’s people should do.

Do we recognize the devaluation of life fueled by a humanistic system that lowers man to the level of nothing more than another beast of the field? Are we disturbed by the senseless violence that is often perpetrated by children? Do we understand that:

  • Our society is losing the war in terms of morality?
  • The times are becoming more and more Godless?
  • Our times are becoming increasingly filled with senseless violence and destruction?
  • People are turning more and more to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of their frustrations, problems and nihilistic news services offering no hope, only endless fear?
  • And much more.

It is important to recognize that merely identifying problems does not necessarily “understand the times.” There are many people who fret and fume about the state of the world, without having any idea why we are entangled in a catastrophic mess. If we truly “understand the times”, we will recognize where to go to find the solutions we seek: To the written word of God, and to prayer.

Again, this involves more than merely quoting texts. It involves the ability to properly apply the principles of Scripture to our lives. And that involves more than applying our intellect; we must apply God’s revelation (our Bible) to the situation. We must believe that God’s word, when applied, will correct any situation involving sin. We must have the courage to follow it in the face of opposition from those who neither believe nor follow it. “Understanding the times” calls us to action, not to fear and dismay. People who “understand the times” are not going to be running amok, throwing their hands in despair, crying, “Oh, woe! Oh, woe!” They are going to take up the armor of God and march into battle. They are going to live with the confident assurance that Satan and evil can be overcome.

Even if we lose a battle to Satan we do not falter. For we know the final victory has already been won by our Captain, Jesus Christ and it is His to have the final victory and glory forever.

Let us have the courage of Joshua and Caleb, and those mentioned in Hebrews 11, plus all others who demonstrated complete trust and confidence in God’s way to victory. If we must go into the storm, let us go wrapped in full trust of the Lord’s promise. “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Having peace while a storm rages around us can only come in the measure of our trust in Him.

Roger Bruner

Southside Church of Christ

4817 South Highway 27

Somerset, Kentucky 42501

Psalm 95: 7,8

For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness

Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,

For he trusts in YOU!”

11 thoughts on “Twelfth Chapter”

  1. Jeremiah 23
    28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.
    29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
    30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

    Jeremiah observed the ways of the prophets, and their lack of speaking the truth of God. At the end of 2 Chronicles 36, we do see the spiritual falling away of the priesthood, and the prophets had assembled and agreed to testify falsely.
    Today, can we really see that the ministers are giving the whole word of God, and not robbing the people?
    A friend of mine is a pastor of a small church, and are independent. He has been approached by two big denominations, and offered to come under their denomination, and doctrine, with a weekly monetary allowance.
    He refused because that would mean that he would have to shape his message to fit theirs.
    I didn’t mean to take up so much space, and I thank you for sharing this with us.
    God bless you.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my humble blog, Pedro. Yes, I know many honest pastors struggling to give Godly guidance to their flock without interference from the powers of this darkening world.
      Not to worry about the length of your comments. You are welcome here with many words or few words. Your words always come from God’s Word and are welcome.
      May the good Lord bless you richly!

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