Do Not Fear Those Who Stand Against You

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 20-22.
Moses knew that Israel would face fierce enemies who would tempt Israel to fear. Therefore, He said, “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 20:1). Even as the Lord brought Israel out of the powerful nation of Egypt, so, the Lord would deliver Israel before all her enemies. He also wanted the priest to speak to the nation previous to a battle to remind them of these truths (vv. 2-4). However, if a man had a new house, a new vineyard, or a new wife, he was exempted from fighting in that battle (vv. 5-7). Another group exempted from that battle were the following, “The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart'” (v. 8). Once all these things had been done, they could make leaders for the battle and go to it (v. 9).
The dominant theme of Deuteronomy 20:1-9 was fearlessness. God did not want His people to fear their enemies and if the whole nation did not fear, but a man did, then he was not to be part of the army, because his fearfulness could infect others.
Mighty enemies seek to silence the church. Friends, do not fear those people. If someone around you fears, encourage him, but if you cannot succeed, you may have to stay away from him lest his fear enter your heart.

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