Keeping citizens unarmed

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.13.2018 – Old Testament: 1Sa 13.19–23

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 13–14 on April 13, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord allowed the Philistines to have dominance over Israel because of their persistent sin. The way the Philistines maintained their power of the Israelites is described below,

Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle; and the charge for a sharpening was a pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads. So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son. And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash (1 Samuel 13.19–23).

When Israel became faithful to the Lord again, He allowed them to have the weapons that they needed for defense. In other words, political freedom follows spiritual loyalty to the Lord of hosts!

Questions:

  • Which is more important to you? Political freedom or spiritual loyalty to God?
  • Are you loyal to God?

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