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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: Unconventional Weaponry
By Misti Chancellor
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The warfare of the ancient Hebrews is probably the some of the most well-known in history. This is primarily due to the documented accounts within their religious literature, which are also included in the Christian Bible.
On this tour you are going to see replicas of weaponry used by the Hebrews in four different battles. As we arrive at each exhibit, I ask that you gather as close to the exhibit as possible, so that other groups touring the facility can pass behind us. Alright, that takes care of the preliminaries; let’s head off to the first exhibit.
Our first exhibit consists of a large stone. Now, I know you’re probably wondering how this large stone was a weapon of warfare. How many of you remember the story of the battle against the Amalekites as the Israelites were journeying in the wilderness of Sin? Ok, a couple of you. Good. Let me recap it quickly for those who don’t remember. As the Israelites fought against the Amalekites, Moses stood at the top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand. As he held up the rod, Israel prospered, but when his arm tired and lowered, the Amalekites prospered. Aaron and Hur were standing by and noticed this, and had Moses sit on a rock, then, they propped up his hands until Israel won the battle. So, you see, a rock became a weapon of warfare for the ancient Hebrews. Let’s move on to our next exhibit.
Are we all here? Good deal. You’ll notice that we’ve moved from one large stone, to a worn path beside what looks like a fallen wall and a trumpet. Can anyone guess where these weapons were used? You in the back, I didn’t quite catch what you said. Jericho? You’re absolutely correct. At the battle of Jericho, the steps of the people of Israel walking silently around the walls caused a path to be worn in the earth around the city. When the trumpet blew on the seventh day, the people shouted, and the fallen wall was the result. I realize that some of you may have some questions about the weapons, but please hold onto your questions until the end of the tour. Let’s continue on to our next exhibit.
Gather in close here, and take a look. We have some broken pottery, a lamp, and another trumpet. It appears that the trumpet was a favorite weapon among the ancient Hebrews. These weapons were used by Gideon and his men against the Mideanites. This is one of the most amazing battle stories of the ancient Hebrews. Gideon strategically placed his 300 men around the camp of the Mideanites and at the signal of the trumpet, the men broke their pitchers and the light of their lamps was revealed. What a rude awakening those Mideanites had! We’re short on time, so let’s move quickly onto the next exhibit.
This next exhibit requires a little more explanation. You’ll notice that it contains only a few sheets of music. In the time of Jehoshaphat, Israel was under attack by the Ammonites and Moabites. Jehoshaphat wisely asked the man of God what to do. He was told not to fear, but to let the Lord fight for him. When facing the enemy, Jehoshaphat put the singers at the front of the army to sing praises to God. The singing confused the enemies of Israel, and they destroyed each other. The Israelites simply cleaned up behind them.
These are a few examples of the unconventional methods used by the ancient Hebrews to gain the victory over their enemies. You will notice, in each case, the victory brought glory to God by reminding the people of his power and their dependence on him.
This brings us to the end of our tour. Are there any questions?
If not, I invite you to visit our new Spiritual Warfare wing. As most of you probably realize, unconventional means of warfare aren’t just for the ancient Hebrews. We have a self-guided tour exploring New Testament weaponry available in our Spiritual Warfare wing, beginning with the Galatians exhibit. I’ll think you’ll find it worth your time. Thank you, again, for your time and attention. Have a blessed day.
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