“How to fight your Battles!”
BY RABBI BRIAN BILECI – Simchat Yeshua Messianic Congregation
Have you felt like you are constantly the target of spiritual attacks? There is no doubt that the adversary of our souls has a strategy to try to defeat us and win in a battle against God’s people. How can we overcome problems, temptations and spiritual battles in our daily lives? What can we learn from the battles of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, David, Jehoshaphat and Yeshua? As we take a journey together through the Scriptures, we will discover seven powerful principles of successful battle strategies that can help the believer defeat the enemy’s plan and fulfill the Lord’s purpose in the daily battles of life.
Rabbi Brian Bileci has been shepherding and instructing believers for 33 years of ministry, to know their Messiah, and how to develop a greater understanding of the Jewish/Hebraic roots of their faith. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies with a focus on Jewish studies through Vision International. Rabbi Brian was trained in Torah studies and Hebrew classes, under Dr./Rabbi Alon Barak, of Desert Hot Springs, Ca. and Israeli Hebrew teacher, Sari Ben Or, from Haifa, Israel, at Temple Baruch HaShem (UMJC). He and his wife, Magali, have been the rabbi and rebbetzin at Simchat Yeshua Messianic Congregation, in San Jacinto Ca., for over 12 years, while raising their 11 1⁄2 year old daughter, Elianna.
- Abraham battles for Lot – FIGHT FOR FAMILY
BERESHIT / Genesis 14:8 Then the kings of S’dom, ‘Amora, Admah, Tzvoyim and Bela (that is, Tzo‘ar) came out and arrayed themselves for battle in the Siddim Valley 9 against K’dorla‘omer king of ‘Elam, Tid‘al king of Goyim, Amrafel king of Admah and Aryokh king of Elasar, four kings against the five…11 The victors took all the possessions of S’dom and ‘Amora and all their food supply; then they left. 12 But as they left, they took Lot, Avram’s brother’s son, and his possessions; since he was living in S’dom. 13 Someone who had escaped came and told Avram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Emori, brother of Eshkol and brother of ‘Aner; all of them allies of Avram. 14 When Avram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, who had been born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night he and his servants divided his forces against them, then attacked and pursued them all the way to Hovah, north of Dammesek. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his nephew Lot with his goods, together with the women and the other people. CJB
Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which small groups of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars, use military tactics, like ambushes. Fought largely by independent, irregular bands, sometimes linked to regular forces, it is a warfare of harassment through surprise. The Spanish word guerrilla is the diminutive form of guerra (‘war’). The term became popular during the early-19th century Peninsular War, when the Spanish and Portuguese people rose against the Napoleonic troops and fought against a highly superior army using the guerrilla strategy. In correct Spanish usage, a person who is a member of a guerrilla unit is a guerrillero if male, or a guerrillera if female. The term guerrilla was used in English as early as 1809 to refer to the individual fighters (e.g., “The town was taken by the guerrillas”), and also (as in Spanish) to denote a group or band of such fighters. However, in most languages guerrilla still denotes the specific style of warfare.
and he armed: and similarly (Lev. 26:33): [which Onkelos renders]: “and I will arm Myself with My sword against you,” and similarly (Exod. 15:9): “I will arm myself with my sword,” and similarly (Ps. 35:3): “And arm Yourself with a spear and ax.” – [from Gen. Rabbah 43:2]
his trained men: It is written [in the singular], his trained man (other editions: It is read). This is Eliezer, whom he had trained to [perform the] commandments, and it is an expression of the initiation (lit. the beginning of the entrance) of a person or a utensil to the craft with which he [or it] is destined |to remain, and similarly (Prov. 22:6): “Train a child”; (Num. 7:10): “the dedication of the altar”; (Ps. 30:1): “the dedication of of the Temple,” and in Old French it is called enseigner [to instruct, train].
- Moses battles for Israel – FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
SH’MOT / Exodus 13:17 After Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them along the road to the land of the Philistines, although that was nearby, for God said, “The people might change their minds if they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Sea of Reeds, and Bnei-Yisrael went up out of the land of Egypt armed. TLV
CHABAD: Rashi – armed: Hebrew: Chimushim <yv!m%j! [in this context] can only mean “armed.” (Since He led them around in the desert [circuitously], He caused them to go up armed, for if He had led them around through civilization, they would not have [had to] provide for themselves with everything that they needed, but only [part,] like a person who travels from place to place and intends to purchase there whatever he will need. But if he travels a long distance into a desert, he must prepare all his necessities for himself. This verse was written only to clarify the matter, so you should not wonder where they got weapons in the war with Amalek and in the wars with Sihon and Og and Midian, for the Israelites smote them with the point of the sword.) [In an old Rashi]) And similarly [Scripture] says: “and you shall cross over armed (Chimushim <yv!m%j!)” (Josh. 1:14). And so too Onkelos rendered Me’zar’zin /yz!r+z`m= just as he rendered: “and he armed (v’zareiz zyr@z`w+) his trained men” (Gen. 14:14). Another interpretation: Chimushim <yv!m%j! means “divided by five,” [meaning] that one out of five (Chimishah hv*m!j!) [Israelites] went out, and four fifths [lit., parts of the people] died during the three days of darkness [see Rashi on Exod. 10:22]. — [from Mechilta, Tanchuma, Beshallach 1].
Chamush: in battle array, arrayed for battle by fives, armed; passive participle of the same as H2570; staunch, i.e. able-bodied soldiers:—armed (men), harnessed.
- Moses and Joshua battle Amalek – FIGHT FOR VICTORY
- Joshua battles for Jericho – FIGHT FOR INHERITANCE
MESSIANIC JEWS / Hebrews 2:30 By FAITH the walls of Jericho fell down after they were circled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she welcomed the spies with shalom. TLV
YA`AKOV / James (Jacob) 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works”…24 You see that a man is proved righteous by works and not by faith alone. 25 And likewise, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also proved righteous by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out another way? TLV
- Deborah battles with Israel – FIGHT FOR YOUR NATION
- David battles against Goliath – FIGHT FOR YOUR GOD
As we have seen to this point, the Philistines boasted an effective military consisting of infantry, chariotry, archery, possibly cavalry, and some vas. sals or mercenaries. They were armed with effective weaponry for their time and protected their cities with strong fortifications. The numerous scriptural passages about the Israelites fighting the Philistines give some indication of Philistine military strategy.
- Jehoshaphat battles for Judah – FIGHT FOR YOUR WORSHIP
YESHAYAHU / Isaiah 59:16 He saw that there was no one—He was astonished that no one was interceding. Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him, and His righteousness upheld Him. 17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on His head. He clothed Himself in robes of vengeance and wrapped Himself in zeal as a cloak. TLV READ EPHESIANS 6:10-18