Num 1:10 from the sons of Joseph, from Ephraim, Elishama the son of Ammihud, and from Manasseh, Gamliel the son of Pedahzur;
Num 1:11 from Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gideoni;
abiding trust in God
Joseph’s line produced two generals. Elishama means “my God has heard” and reflects a belief in prayer, not because prayer has power but because God listens to prayer. Gamliel means “reward of God” or “my reward is God” and reflects the same trust in the God of the Bible to respond to our commitment to him. Joseph learned this lesson in a pit, and in prison. He cried out to God and God heard and rewarded his faithfulness.
Benjamin’s line produced general Abidan. The name says “my Father is judge.” It reflects a belief that our heavenly Father oversees the affairs of humanity and will see to it that justice occurs. It also reflects the belief that injustice is not necessarily ours to correct. The Father is judge, and we are not.
God’s people are best prepared for warfare when they have an abiding trust in God to hear prayer, reward faithfulness, and correct injustice.
LORD, we place our trust in you, and look to you for strength.