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…which were men that had understanding of the times…

1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV — 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.

These men of Issachar were living in days where people were divided.

King Saul had lost his mind and his leadership had splintered his people’s allegiance.

David fled from the king and God not only preserved him, He sent others to join with him.

1 Chronicles 12:1 NKJV — Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,

Thus, these men were not living in a time when their country was secure nor at peace, conflict raged from within as well as without.

King Saul had an on going war with the Philistines which continued into David’s reign.

The king was insane and tried to murder those who were supporting him, including his son and heir.

1 Samuel 19:9-10, 1 Samuel 20:30-33

He even wiped out the entire family of priests, because they had helped David, being unaware of the contention between him and the king.

1 Samuel 22:17-18NKJV — Then the king said to the guards who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me.” But the servants of the king would not lift their hands to strike the priests of the LORD. And the king said to Doeg, “You turn and kill the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.

The scriptures are clear, a godly leader is a blessing to all.

Proverbs 29:2 KJV — When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

These men of Issachar were living in perilous times and yet the Bible records something astounding.

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”

These men understood the times and acted accordingly.

They not only made themselves alliance with God’s man, David, they were recorded in God’s Word as men of understanding.

As a woman, I see this passage as an opportunity.

God has outlined specific duties to men and specific roles for women so we can join together in love and honor before God and work as a team.

As a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a woman my role is to stand before God in prayer for the men in my life.

Beginning with my husband and continuing on to my sons, and then on to our leaders.

These words about these men of Issachar inspire me to pray for men of understanding.

That God would raise up my husband and my sons to be men who understand the times and act accordingly.

To seek God for their protection and their personal walks with Him.

For great godly leaders we need great godly men and women who will stand for what is right, love no matter the price, and not be deceived by the lies of the wicked one.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these men who understood the time and acted. Lord Jesus, please help us, each of us to understand the times and to respond with Your wisdom and discernment. Lord, please speak clearly to our men and help them to know the actions they should take, please guide them as they lead our families. Lord, our lives are Yours and our families belong to You. With all my heart, I want each one of us to be a witness to Your goodness, Your love, Your truth, and Your salvation. Please raise up godly leaders, men who understand the times, and know what should be done. Thank You. Amen.


Illustration from The Children’s Bible by Golden

He waited for his father to finish speaking.

As soon as he was finished he spoke with him.

“David! Praise the Lord for His victory today! Truly, the Lord has set you before Him to do His mighty deeds. Please, come with me.”

1 Samuel 18:3 NKJV — Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:4 NKJV — And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

He was the son of the king, King Saul’s oldest son.

Next in line for the throne.

He was a warrior, who trusted God to lead him.

1 Samuel 14:14 NKJV — That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about half an acre of land.

Jonathan could easily have been full of expectation for his future as the next king, but his heart was surrendered to God.

Jonathan’s life is a lesson in humility, he walked honorably before God.

God had not chosen him to be the next king.

His father, King Saul, didn’t follow the Lord with his whole heart and actually refused to obey God more than once.

Through King Saul’s choices, he removes his own family from the kingly line.

1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV — “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”

But Jonathan doesn’t turn his back on God.

Never, not even once, does Jonathan envy David for being God’s chosen king after King Saul.

Instead, he sees the man who God has anointed to be the next king and he loves him.

1 Samuel 20:17 NKJV — Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Jonathan is an excellent example of friendship.

When King Saul was afraid of David and wants him killed Jonathan first warns David of the danger and then speaks to his father on his behalf.

1 Samuel 19:4 NKJV — Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.

And Jonathan has to do it again, because his father had become hardened.

At one point King Saul is so enraged by his fear and hatred of David that he tries to kill Jonathan when he speaks to him in defense of David.(1 Samuel 20:33)

Jonathan is humble, and walks in honor before the Lord, no matter what.

Including, honoring his father, although King Saul was no longer an honorable man.

Nothing changed Jonathan, he continued to choose to walk rightly before God.

That same choice meant he followed his father and king into the battle which cost him his life.

He died fighting to protect his king.

1 Samuel 31:2 NKJV — Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.

No one can choose to make others honorable before God.

Each person only has the choice for themselves.

“Will I walk rightly before God?”

That is the question.

Jonathan answered that question very well.

May his life inspire us to choose to be honorable as well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Jonathan and his life. Thank You for teaching me so much through his example. I love how devoted he was to You, to David and to his father. Please help me to live a life which inspires others to honor You as well. Please help me to be a friend like Jonathan was to David. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Thank You. Amen.