Summary: We must possess and not just profess.
Esse Quam Videri – To Be Rather than To seem
1Ch 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
- the sixth and youngest son of Jacob and Leah
- of all the tribes of Israel probably the least was written zebulun and his family
- did not have a great reputation
- did not seem to have any great skills
- no one boasted of his phd’s nor of his great financial prowess
- nor of the houses and lands he possessed
- no one spoke of his great looks or of his speaking ability
- he was not a great entrepreneur
but the scripture says
Jdg 5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeopardized their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
desolated their lives to death - they were determined to conquer or die, and therefore plunged into the thickest of the battle.
They were in a time that people were afraid to walk on major roads because of the murder and mahem so they took the most uninhabited roads
They possessed no spears or swords they were in captivity they were at the mercy of their enemies
And we know our enemy has no mercy
Zebulun possessed the ability to pick and fight the right battles and he was not half hearted about it
This tribe of zebulun were highly motivated warriors they had were fired up but the scripture says that they had the abilty to stay in rank
This meant they could follow orders and they did not get out of order
They were willing to give their future give their heart give their being to a cause greater than their own agenda greater than their personal feelings greater than their own goals
These guys were not just guys that looked like warriors
They didn’t just go to warrior practice on Sundays they were serious they were sold out
They were willing to get their hands dirty they did not have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Jam 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.