The Necessity of War Genesis 14:1-16; Revelation 19:19-21
War is a terrible thing! Through the annals of history, if all were known, there have probably been billions who have died (both soldiers and collateral damage-civilians) in all wars. In all the American wars, either by our country or within our country, over 45,000,000 men and women have served in wartime with app. 1,175,000 war dead and app. 1,500,000 wounded in action. That is a tremendous number of young lives that have been given and forever changed while affording us the freedom that we now enjoy.
War is not something that any sane man or woman wants, but we find in our text that war is sometimes a necessity. Men who will not fight will not remain free.
Henry Patrick Henry, the fiery politician from Virginia, gave his famous speech before the Virginia Provincial Convention…Here is how he concluded it:
“3 million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the Destiny of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. Battle sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.….. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. There clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come. I repeat it, sir let it come!…..Gentleman may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war has actually begun! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?…..Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
It is the cry of the patriot and is the prerequisite for freedom. To live free, men must sometimes die. Freedom in a privilege, not a right!
Many people protest war while many others are pacifists and will not fight in war. Many of these are professing “Christians” who are completely ignorant of what the Bible says about war. God is an Advocate of wars fought for the right principles. These objectors or pacifists are the ungrateful who fail to realize that their freedom was purchased with the blood of others. They are free to protest; they are free to speak; they are free to live and work; they are free this morning because men and women were will to go, fight, and die!
On the Tomb of the Unknowns or Unknown Soldier are inscribed the words:
HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD
1. The unfortunate necessity of war.
a. First Mention of War. In our text, we find that war was made a necessity because of the Wicked. These pagan kings chose to place others in bondage. This first war affected the freedom of the righteous man, Lot.
b. We find that God’s people reacted to war with a Righteous Response. Abraham placed his men on the field of battle against the wicked and set righteous Lot and all that he possessed free.
c. Last Mention of War. Revelation 19:19-21. Here we also see a Righteous Response of God to against the wicked.
2. The conception of war. Righteous war has God’s “stamp of approval” upon it. Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
a. God taught Israel to war. Numbers 1:1-3 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first[day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies. (God said that, when the men were old enough, they were to go to war! This was a Draft System. At age 18, men and women prepare for war and entered the army of Israel. They still do!)
b. God taught King David to war. Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: (David was a man after God’s own heart and was a man of war. If you do not believe that spiritual men can be warriors, just ask the enemies of Israel what they thought of King David.)
c. Without war, God’s people are oppressed, enslaved, or destroyed! – Numbers 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
d. Without war, the righteous perish! – Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
2. The righteousness of war. War can be a both good and necessary. There are times to fight and things we must fight for. Ecclesiastes 3:3, 8 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up … (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (God both ordained and commanded war to be made. God is good and God but is also a God of war!)
a. We must war for our nation – Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (We must not give up on America because it is a good land; a God given land and is under constant attack from both without and within. We must fight our outside enemies! We must fight our inside enemies!)
b. We must war for the Faith – Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort youthat ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (The Word of God is under constant attack but we stand and fight for it. It is a good fight! It is a right fight!)
c. We must war for the Old Paths – Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (The old ways of holiness and separation are under constant attack but we stand and fight for them. It is a good fight! It is a right fight!)
d. We must war for our Families – Psalms 78:5 -8 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Our families and our children are under constant attack and we must stand and fight for them. It is a good fight! It is a right fight!)
4. War will always be a perpetual thing. Exodus 17:16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Eternal vigilance is the price for liberty.” The fight will not end until the Prince of Peace comes.)
Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
a. So, until then, let us fight Advisedly – Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
b. So, until then, let us fight Fearlessly – Psalms 27:3-5 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
c. So, until then, let us fight Continually – 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Victory Baptist Church 15 September 2021 victorypalmetto.com