1 Chronicles Chapter 12

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1 Chronicles 12

1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite.

4 And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite,

5 Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite,

6 Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites,

7 And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,

10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,

11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,

12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,

13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.

14 These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.

15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.

16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.

17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

19 And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.

20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.

21 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.

23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.

24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.

25 Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.

26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.

27 And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;

28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father’s house twenty and two captains.

29 And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.

31 And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.

35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.

36 And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.

37 And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.

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29 thoughts on “1 Chronicles Chapter 12

  1. Verse 22 AMP “For day by day men kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like the army of God.” Same verse in MSG “Hardly a day went by without men showing up to help—it wasn’t long before his band seemed as large as God’s own army!” Day by day, friend by friend, we must keep growing, be battle ready and be willing to fight.

  2. 38-40. All these soldiers came to David at Hebron, ready to fight if necessary; they were both united and determined to make David king over all Israel. And everyone else in Israel was of the same mind—“Make David king!” They were with David for three days of feasting celebration, with food and drink supplied by their families. Neighbors ranging from as far north as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali arrived with donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen loaded down with food for the party: flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep—joy in Israel! MSG

    Unity + Determination = Celebration & Joy

    When we come together in unity, determined to do a work for the King, great things happen and give everyone involved a reason to celebrate, spreading contagious joy to those around us.

  3. DEFINED LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP

    14 These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.

    We find again a biblical principal; we all answer to someone. Even as children of GOD we find ourselves in positions of Leadership and Accountability.

    GOD is the same yesterday, today and forever. Where does the variance of responsibility come from?

    The breakdown was 1 over 100 to 1 over 1000 in this particular reference. What is the difference?

    The difference is DEVELOPMENT. How willing is the Leader to develop themselves to be Spiritual Leaders. This development occurs through submission to GOD and Spiritual Authority, Obedience to the WORD of GOD, selfless acts of mercy and grace and the courage to hold people accountable for their attitude and actions.

    Anyone can GROW in GOD. Anyone can GROW their level of LEADERSHIP.

    We all start with LEADING 1 (SELF). How well do you lead yourself? Do you follow your commitments? Do you honor your word? Do you keep yourself saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost? Do you spread the JOY and PEACE of JESUS?

    Lead (1) SELF and then (10) and then (100) and then (200) and then (300) and then (400) and then (500) and then (600) and then (700) and then (800) and then (900) and then (1000) and then (THOUSANDS).

    Lets GROW the Kingdom of GOD through serving to GROW The POFW.

    Happy Friend Day!

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
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  4. 17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
    18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

    In vs. 17 David asked if their hearts were knit. A bond that cannot be easily broken. A bond that intertwines itself together that it would become one piece. So there would be unity. Unity is what knits us together. So let’s be unified.

  5. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

    Separated themselves fit for battle…….equip us daily for the battle Lord!

  6. 18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

    In the military chain of command is one of the most important thing to follow. Here I see David establishing that chain and electing a Spirit anointed man! In the same manner we most make sure that we follow an anointed man. I pray that that same Spirit anoints our leaders, our Nation leaders, and our military leaders in Jesus Name Amen

  7. iLove to Grow in the Word
    1 Chronicles 12:2 NLT All of them were expert archers, and they could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right. They were all relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.

    Wow, this shows the Leadership and anointing of David. I have never saw this before, but notice that these mighty men, mentioned in verse 2, that followed David were from the tribe of Benjamin. They trusted so much in David’s leadership that they separated themselves from the leadership of their own clan. WOW.

  8. 1 Chronicles 12:18 (NLT)
    18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said,
    “We are yours, David!
    We are on your side, son of Jesse.
    Peace and prosperity be with you,
    and success to all who help you,
    for your God is the one who helps you.”
    So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.

    When we love for God he is the one that helps us. Not only that but we receive peace and prosperity.

    John 14:27 (KJV Strong’s)
    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    The peace of God passes all understanding. It helps us realize he is in control and knows what he is doing. We have nothing we need to worry about.

    3 John 1:2 (KJV Strong’s)
    2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

    He knows what we have need of before we ask and has unlimited resources. When we live for him we become beneficiaries of the blessings of God.

  9. 38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king
    David was blessed with mighty men who “could keep rank” I believe that means they effectively knew their place and stayed in their roles until they were needed. Also they were brave and valiant men who would give their lives for David. These are two essential traits that every leader must possess. .. knowing our place and being brave and diligent when needed.

  10. This scripture was about establishing David as king thru War! A battle had to take place in order to place God’s anointed!

    “Be blessed”……..

  11. 17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

    When we go to battle on the same battlefront, or when we go to win souls for Jesus, we are fighting the same battle. We are united under one cause with Pastor being our commander. When we fight this spiritual battle together, we are linked spiritually, we become one body and one mind of christ. When one member goes through a trial, we all do, but the blow is lessened because we are standing together, supporting each other. And because we are together, we can do more and reach more souls than we can being apart. That’s why unity is so important. It’s not just for us, but it’s also for the people we have yet to reach.

  12. v1 Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul of Kish; they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,

    We have the responsibility for seeing the work of the LORD progress.

  13. “While he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish”. The word of God (Judge) identified the reason. David had to separate, for Saul sought only to harm him. Distance is often derived from hurt and broken trust, which the Judge (Jesus) sees all. Dear God, help us not too become like Saul. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  14. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

    As leaders you must be ready at all times even when issues of life comes. We must put our games face on and fight this spritual bate. We can’t give up but we have to equip ourselves thru prayer ,fastings and studying the word of God. God help us to be ready to serve at all times!

  15. 22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
    What army are you in league with?

  16. “Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.” The key was “for thy God helpeth thee.” The glory was given unto the Lord, as it should always be. God let us not lose focus for all glory belongs to you, in Jesus name.

  17. 38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

    39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

    40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.

    They were in unity to make David king over Israel but that same unity brought great joy to them.

  18. Even before David was king he surrounded himself with skilled military men from many different backgrounds. When David meets with this unknown group of warriors he doesn’t attack them, instead he wants to ask their purpose. He wants to know if the are friends or foes. God’s Spirit moves them to bless David to devote themselves to him to that know God is the power of his success. David doesn’t jump into conclusions instead he trusts God to protect him.

  19. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.(1 Chronicles 12:17 KJV)

    David’s approach to handling unknown warriors is a lesson we can learn from. He doesn’t run and attack them without knowing who they are and why they are there. He knows God will protect him and his people. So he has the confidence to go out to them. Davids faith shows his men that trusting in God brings about blessings like the loyalty of these warriors.

  20. 2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

    Prepare yourself for battle. Learn to fight and defend with all your might, ability, and heart.

  21. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

  22. 1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

    2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

    Flexibility is an important trait in leadership, whether in the Kingdom or in the natural world. While not everyone should go out and try to master self-imposed ambidexterity such as in writing with both hands, we can take a moment to consider the benefits of an ambidexterous approach to ministry, and life in general.

    To be ambidexterous means you can use both left and right hands proficiently; if one is not naturally 100% ambidexterous, then developed ambidexterity means one can use their non-dominant hand just as proficiently as their dominant hand. It does a person good to be just as proficient in leading as they are following; it doesn’t matter what our position is, growing teams attract members who should have traits that excel that of their leader in some areas, and good leaders know how to let their team members shine.

    Ambidexterity allows one to continue working without major disability if one hand is injured or otherwise unable to be used normally. When leading others, they must know that even while they are valued and their contributions are appreciated, they are also able to be replaced temporarily if something comes up. This allows teams to flow better and be more flexible, and gives them liberty to take care of immediate needs (such as a child sick and needing to go to the hospital) without giving it a second thought because they know their position can be filled by someone else. Teams comprised of individuals that can depend on each other foster greater unity and efficacy.

    Ambidexterity also means having a greater advantage when faced with challenges because ambidexterity allows for an increase in possible ways to approaching a solution. An ambidexterous mind helps your brain create additional neural pathways that can better connect seemingly unrelated areas of communication within your brain AND cultivate more advanced ways of thinking. A mind that is closed and small will reveal itself when it is challenged whereas a mind cultivated with ambidexterity will shine when faced with challenges. An ambidexterous mind is adaptable, able to quickly cycle through many different processes (even if seemingly unrelated,) and focuses on ways to make situations better with the short term AND long term implications in mine. Being able to elevate thinking patterns out of “the norm” and forge additional neural pathways means getting a cutting edge on problem solving, empathy, creativity, memory recall, relationship management, and other skills helpful to leadership.

    Mental ambidexterity also involves being able to see one situation from many different points of view. This allows for the perception of truth when the parties involved struggle to adequately communicate the one another what their perspective is. Mental ambidexterity allows one to go beneath the surface of comments and add with it a wealth of information to create the big picture, including body language, personal history, the context of the statements, individual ideologies that can skew perspective, emotional state, the needs of others, and many others factors. It also allows for an individual to entertain lines of thinking or arguement without having to accept it. It allows one to truly put themselves in the shoes of another to see reality from another person’s point of view more wholly. To understand how a person thinks based on THEIR perspective instead of our own requires mental ambidexterity. It is easy for us to form opinions about people and the situations they are involved in, but can we see through their eyes and examine it using another person’s mindset? Even if we don’t agree with it, it allows us much deeper understanding, especially when there’s conflict, and opens up many new avenues of problem solving and cultivates a people-oriented environment instead of a situation-oriented environment. People struggle when a leader deals with situations and interacts with people only based on the situations they are involved in, or need to be involved in. But a leader who cultivates a people-oriented environment draws upon relationship and can much more easily separate people from their actions so problematic actions can be dealt with while maintaining a respectful approach to the individual(s.) This draws people in, whereas a situation-oriented environment alienates people and prohibits them from giving their best.

    Cultivating ambidexterous qualities allow leaders to truly lead through servanthood as opposed to leading through seat-warming or position-filling. Anyone can point and give orders with their “right hand,” and anyone can simply pull their weight with their “left hand,” but the person who can use both is more effective than the mere sum of accomplishment using one right hand and one left hand.

  23. 14 These warriors from Gad were army commanders. The weakest among them could take on a hundred regular troops, and the strongest could take on a thousand! (NLT)

    Reminds me of the saying, “you’re only as strong as your weakest link.” I guess they were pretty strong if their weakest could take on 100. At the same time, if another is able to take on 1000, how is there such a large gap between the least and the greatest. We need to remember as we save ourselves to encourage others.

  24. 18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

  25. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

    Jesus Special Forces!

    The Gadites were the elite squad in Davids army, which is something that I can relate to. I would remember being in the midst of battle and the feeling of invincibility.
    We had a saying, We bleed in training to only sweat in battle! We would train harder than everyone. Pushing our bodies past there limits, always making our minds stronger, by overcoming pain and fatigue.
    Other people we would train with would be intimidated by how fierce we trained and fought in training and in battle.

    This is what I imagine the Gadites like, the badest of the bad. Ministry should be this in the spirit. The most hardcore people in the spirit.

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