1 Chronicles 12:19-22 – Carpe Diem & Coronavirus: Now Is The Time To Show Who We Are

Posted: March 16, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 12:19-22

Some Israelites Join David’s Army

It is interesting here that people were drawn to the cause of David as the rightful and God-anointed king of Israel. Cynicism would say that they were drawn to the cause of the underdog or that it was the trendy thing to follow David since Saul represented the establishment. However, for those that understand the Bible, it was because David was God’s chosen one to be king of Israel and God showed him favor with men. Further, it was obvious to anyone who knew of David knew that he “was a man after God’s own heart.” People are often drawn to others who are faithful to the Lord because they are just so different from what we know of regular, cynical, greedy, self-centered people in this world. People are often drawn today to those Christ followers who are just genuine, authentic, and bold in an everyday way about their faith. They are not necessarily the flashy headline grabbing type people but people of faith who other know that they are the way they are because of their faith in Jesus Christ. These people would be considered modern day people “after God’s own heart.” People living in a hopeless world are drawn to people who live out their faith in positive, real ways in their spheres of influence.

Now is the time. Carpe Diem, as the old Latin phrase goes, “Seize the Day!” It is exactly a time such as this that we are living in right now for Christians to stand up and reclaim their influence in society. Amidst this latest pandemic that threatens global public health, we must no longer be likened to football players standing on the sidelines holding our helmets. We have for far too long complained that the world has passed us by. We have complained for far too long that we are being marginalized as Christ followers in an increasingly secular society. We have for far too long talked about the world in terms of us vs. them. Us in our churches vs. the non-believers shaking their fist at God at our there. Now is our time to show the world who we really are.

That’s what I thought about this morning as I read about the increasing numbers of men that were drawn to David’s cause. Let’s read this short passage, 1 Chronicles 12:19-22 now and see why:

19 Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he set out with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine rulers refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, “It will cost us our heads if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us.”

20 Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded 1,000 troops from the tribe of Manasseh. 21 They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army. 22 Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God.

In this passage, we see that David “had a great army, like the army of God.” Men were drawn to David by the reputation of his great warriors, the news of their victories, and their desire to see God’s will done in making David king. People are often drawn to a great cause and the brave, determined people who support it. As believers, we have the greatest cause – carrying the gospel message to the world. If we are brave, determined and faithful to the Lord, and willing to work hard for the cause of Christ and not just stand back and watch and do nothing, others will be drawn to the cause of Christ through our efforts to “go and make disciples.”

The current health crisis in America and around the globe with its increasing shutdowns of normal human activities including schools and so on is an opportunity for us as Christians “to put up or shut up!” In a world that is day by day, hour by hour, being consumed by panic and fear and a sense of hopelessness, we must be what we are called to be, a beacon of hope in a hopeless land, a light from a city on the hill. If we miss this opportunity to love our fellow man with the gospel message and remain inside our holy huddles, then, we might as well take church off the names of our buildings. If we are not the hope of nations at this moment, then, we are just all talk. If we are not looking for ways to serve our fellow man in ways that truly matter such as opening emergency day care centers for families that have kids at home because of extended school closings but the parents must still work, we might as well call ourselves country clubs. If we do not provide food deliveries for kids that normally depend on school breakfasts and lunches for their daily meals, then, we might as well call ourselves irrelevant instead of letting the world continue saying it. We must take action as Christians to make ourselves relevant to the real problems in our communities so that we can say we are doing these things because Jesus Christ offers hope in a hopeless world. Otherwise our Christian faith is an academic mind game and not a real and relevant faith. We are called to serve our fellow man so that they will see Jesus in us. We called to serve our fellow man and not get anything in return from it other than the opportunity to tell the recipients of our goodwill about the Savior that saved us and compels us to serve the world around us.

Help us, oh Lord, not to sit quietly and let the unbelievers around us be consumed with the fear, hopelessness and hysteria of the random world that they see. Help us to provide them with evidence of the fact that there is hope when all seems hopeless through Jesus Christ. Help us to tell them that there is more than this. Help us to tell them of Jesus Christ and how He helps us make it through times of trouble through knowing that there is a heaven that awaits us even in the worst of times in this fallen world. Help us to tell them that God does exist and that He does love them. Help us to be the hands and feet of Christ in a world that they once depended on to sooth their souls that has now gone haywire. Help us to teach the world in real and tangible ways that God is real and that He is in control.

Amen and Amen.

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