Draft dodgers, slackers, and deserters are sinful before the LORD. NUM 32:6-23.


April 29, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,
April 29, 2018

Point 4. The Biblical Principle of Universal Military Training.

Serving one’s nation in the military is said to one of the greatest manifestations of patriotism and appreciation that an individual can have toward his country.

PSA 149:9 the mature soldier is  To execute on the enemy the judgment written; This [execution or killing the enemy] is an honor for all His godly ones [or mature believers.] Praise the Lord!

hadar – magnificence, i.e. an ornament or splendor: – Excellency, or it is a high honor and glory and majesty.

Usually the protocol for most militaries in the ancient world is to leave or kill the little babies and the elderly.

Lord’s attitude toward the depraved Babylonians and killing their children in war; Psa 137:8-9.

God’s people are said to be happy in verse 8 if they repay  their enemies back for what they have done to them with the same type of recompense they used in the battles.

DEU 19:19  then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. [Now, if you do that then] Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

Our life is filled with decisions that we have made along with the consequences of those decisions.

2SA 22:35  “He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

Draft dodgers, slackers, and deserters are sinful before the Lord, Num 32:6-23.

The Lord is not easy on those who do not support the military or those who go AWOL either in the natural realm or the spiritual realm.

Two of the other spies, Joshua and Caleb, said “We can defeat and kill the giants in the land because the Lord of Hosts is with us and He will fight for us.”

“Let us settle for something less than the Promise Land that the Lord had promised.”

PRO 19:15  “Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.”

He should have been leading his men on the battlefield but instead he chose to fool around with their women rather than protecting their nation.

They did not guard their steps went they went into to the house of God and they offered the sacrifice of fools for they do not know they are doing evil, Ecc 5:1.

In ECC 5:4, they were the kind of believers who would make a vow to God and then are late in fulfilling to pay it and do not realize that God takes no delight in fools. They should pay what they vow!

In LUK 14:18 “They have bought a piece of land and they need to go out and take care of it so they want to be excused.”

In LUK 14:19 “They have bought five yoke of oxen, and they I am going to try them out; so they want an excuse to quit.”

In LUK 14:20 “They have married a wife, and for that reason they cannot come.”

ACT 13:22 “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.”

In 1Sa 21:1-10, David willfully sinned and told lies and as a result of his lie was that an entire city was wiped out (city of Nob).

The average believer would run around for the rest of his life with a guilt complex.

PRO 24:16  For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

God’s grace and God’s love was more real to him than his guilt so instead he simply confessed his sin and kept moving.

“faked madness” – he was a “crazy-man” and made the enemy believe he was crazy and as a result hundreds of Israeli soldiers were killed on the battlefield with no leadership and they died, in 1Sa 2:11-15.

Then thousands were killed in battle because of Satan’s temptation of David pretending to be crazy in the city of Gath for self-survival.

He should have led his troops in battle but he stayed home in Jerusalem and as a result there was disaster on the battlefield and there was also disaster on the home-front in Jerusalem.

2Sa 11:2-27 – he ends up in certain “shocking” sins, he committed adultery, he got a man drunk, he put a courageous soldier, Uriah, in harm’s way and tried to cover everything with lies.

Unlike King Saul who quit and eventually committed suicide, David did not allow these overt sins and mistakes to hinder him.

Then in 2Sa 6:1-13,  he did not honor the word of God and purposely disobeyed God’s command about the ark he ignored the word of God and men were killed as a result.

Then in 1Ch 21, – David rejected the promises of God and  questioned God. And yet even though 10,000 people died, David, the soldier, got up and kept moving.

Here’s a man, David, who was oriented to grace better than almost anyone in life! But he failed to use grace in regard to one he loved dearly.

This is when 10 of those spies came back and reported to Moses that they would not be able to take over the promise land because of the presence of giants in the land.

ROM 14:23, fear is a sin, “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.”

Notice that fear begets fear!

We are back to the same principle found in the Mosaic Law, the Ten Commandments which is that we reap what we sow.

Notice our Lord’s attitude toward the draft dodgers, the slackers, and deserters are said to be sinful before the Lord.

This is why just warfare is always from the Lord, 1Ch 5:19‑22,  for many fell slain, because the war was of God.

God has ordained the principle of peace through military victory and war and a strong military is a manifestation of how He does it.

In Psa 46:7-9, it teaches that “He makes wars to cease” through military victory, if that is what He wills or desires.

REV 12:10  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now deliverance [Second advent], and the power, [Jesus Christ in hypostatic union, undiminished deity, true humanity in one person forever]

and the kingdom of our God [the Father’s plan for the Millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ] and the authority of His Christ have come,

 “for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.”

Why will it be possible to have perfect environment in the future Millennial reign of Christ?

One of the reasons why it is possible to have perfect environment is because the “accuser of our brethren” has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.

When you can get rid of the accusers in your life, or those who constantly make accusations against you and-or others, it is inevitable that even your environment improves.

The “terrible consequences” usually take place within the society that is breaking down within.

Failure to fight for freedom means slavery.

Social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and police.

God uses the military to demonstrate the degeneracy and decline of a nation.

Victory on the battlefield does not come from numbers but from preparation.

True courage is also intensified by thoroughness of training.

Killing is legitimate when we are at war, whereas murder is taking a life and violating another’s free will.

One of the reasons why we train as a soldier is also the concept of Christ as a warrior and will continue until the Armageddon campaign, says Zec 14:3‑4.

Under this point of the military image of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ also delivered Israel, and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in 701 B.C., ISA 37:36.

ISA 37:36   Then the angel of the Lord [Theophany] went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead.

At Armageddon, in Rev 19:11‑15, He will break His own record, according to Rev 14:19‑20; Isa 63:1‑3.

This is the War of Armageddon, one of our Lord’s final wars before eternity begins with a new heaven and a new earth as the final goal.

At this time there will be maximum slaughter by TLJC, Joel 2:20; Eze 39:11‑13 describes the stench.

Joel 2:20 “But I will remove the northern {army} far from you, and I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, and its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up.

Our Lord is a warrior and uses legitimate force rather than violence, which is evil.

There must exist in the national entity a capable professional staff of high ranking officers whose life is devoted to preparing and planning for war.

Luke 14:31 teaches that every nation should have a core of professional military officers and non-commissioned officers who plan and prepare for war.

Luk 14:31 “What king or ruler of a nation, when he advances to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with 10,000 men to attack the one coming against him with 20,000 men?.”

True motivation for military training comes from God Himself.

Psa 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my finger for battle.”

Military training is useless and neutralized when men of a nation are apostate, degenerate, full of emotional revolt and scar tissue of the soul, anti-establishment, addicted to drugs, and antagonistic to authority.

Universal military training gives you a scale of values you’ll never have in any other way.  It prepares you for life.