Fighting our common enemy TOGETHER: When Joab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, he chose some of Israel's best and put them in battle array against the Syrians. And the rest of the people he put under the command of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in battle array against the people of Ammon. Then he said, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight." (1 Chron 19:10-13)
In 1 Chronicles 19:1-9, the people of Ammon hired Syrian mercenaries to fight against King David and the people of Israel. Joab, the commander of the Israelite army went out to fight against the dual forces of the Syrians and the Ammonites. It is interesting to note the battle strategy that Joab laid out to his brother Abishai who commanded the other regiment. Joab and his mighty men would fight against the Syrians, while Abishai and his mighty men would fight against the Ammonites. In the event that one regiment faces a stronger enemy, the other regiment will provide them assistance. Moreover, they would put their trust in the God of Israel who would help them to win the battle as they would make themselves strong for the people of Israel and for the land that God had provided for them through His covenant (v. 10-13).
During the battle, the Syrians first fled before Joab and his army, and as a result Ammonites also fled before Abishai and his army (v. 14-15). Finally, King David came with his mighty forces and defeated the Syrians into total submission that they made peace with David and became his servants (v. 16-19). It was a great victory for King David and the people of Israel.
There is a spiritual application through this incident for us today. We are also “fighting the good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7) against a common enemy who is Satan and his forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12). As children of God (John 1:12-12), we all belong to the family of God where God is our heavenly Father (Rom 1:7; 8:15). Together, we are the body of Christ as well (1 Cor 12:27). So, how do we fight our common enemy since we are so linked together?
- By staying united with each other (Psalms 133:1; 1 Cor 1:10)
- By being of same mind with each other (Rom 12:16; 15:5; Phil 1:27; 2:2; 3:16; 1 Pet 3:8)
- By keeping peace and harmony with each another (Eph 4:3)
- By bearing the burdens of one another during times of need (Gal 6:1-2)
- By edifying, exhorting and comforting one another through our spiritual gifts (Rom 14:19; 1 Cor 14:3)
- By praying and interceding for one another (Eph 6:18; James 5:16)