Spoils of War!

“When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much” (2 Chronicles 20:25).

We are familiar with the story of Jehoshaphat and the army who won the battle against their enemies. God fought and won the battle for Jehoshaphat and his people didn’t even need to fight. After the battle, the people took the spoils, which included in large quantities, goods, clothing and precious things. My assumption is that the precious things would have included items such as gold and silver. God defeated the armies to give them victory and also gave them a great reward. In 2 Kings 6, the Syrian army had encamped against Samaria so that they were not able to move freely in order to trade. This caused a great famine in the land and people were so desperate that they resorted to cannibalism.

“But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria”” (2 Kings 7:1). God caused four lepers to approach the camp of the Syrians and multiplied their footsteps. The Syrians ran away in great fear leaving behind their tents which was loaded with food, drink, clothing, gold and silver. “Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord”(2 Kings 7:16). The possessions of the Syrians was enough to end the famine in Samaria.

There is another story 1 Samuel 30, when the Amalekites raided David’s camp, took all of the people and burnt the camp. David was instructed by the Lord to pursue the army, to overtake them and recover his possessions. “And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue”” (1 Samuel 30:8). David pursued the army with his men and recovered all that had been taken from his camp. “David also captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove the livestock before him, and said, “This is David’s spoil”” (1 Samuel 30:20).

God loves justice and hates evil. He also hates it when people decide to gang up on his children and takes pleasure in fighting our battles. Not only does God help us to win, he also wants us to have recompense and restitution. Recompense and restitution for God’s people comes in the form of spoils of war, which is enemy possession taken lawfully. When the enemy comes after us, we pray and allow God to fight our battles. God will give us the strategies to be victorious over the attacks. As we win each battle, there are spoils of war which God will give to us as recompense for damages. “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you”” (Isaiah 35:4).

A.P.-Y.

13 thoughts on “Spoils of War!

    1. Amen 🙏🏾. Asking God for deeper revelation on these mysteries because our battles are no longer physical. So how do we get spoils in spiritual battles and how so we activate these spiritual law? Hoping you have some insight Elder Evidence? 😁

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      1. Hahahah Elder????
        Anyway, I have seen that the most successful people in winning the spoils biblical were those who maximized on covenant terms with their God.
        Abraham and David are those coming to my mind.
        Their constant intimacy and faithfulness to God was key.

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      2. Yes, I will if I get more revelation on the issue.
        I just linked that one of spoils because it seems David would ask every time he is to pursue an enemy whether to pursue it or not.
        Even when they is no need for asking when the answer seems obvious he would still enquire.
        Do you remember that Ziglag war? For me there was no need to ask for permission to engage the enemy because pursuing and recovering was justified.
        Imagine that was terrorism in today’s terms.
        America will say we won’t negotiate with terrorists🤣🤣🤣🤣.
        But David had to enquire even with those 300 men of his,wanting his head off his shoulders.
        He refused to be kowtowed by their bitterness which was wrongly placed.

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      3. Hmmm. Thoughts to ponder indeed. I have always considered how David allowed God to take the lead. You’ve said something which I am considering more. Not being kowtowed by bitterness. We often react when attacked and many times assume that it’s the ‘natural thing to do.’ I go into fight mode if I feel attacked (not physical fight, but I want to challenge back and I start drawing down on warfare strategy automatically). Many times God’s word for me is to be still or to let him fight. Imagine the most fierce warrior having such a ‘cautious’ approach to battle. Perhaps he learnt from Saul’s impulsiveness which caused him the crown? Bless you Evidence. 🙏🏾

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