Jacob’s prophesy over Gad. From Genesis 49:19 commented by ASV and questions

Gad

As for Gad—a raiding troop shall raid him,
But he shall raid at their heels and assault them

Warrior

Gad was borne courageous, a warrior, if attacked he would attack back. Gad would defend his family, friends and country. To be courageous and to desire to fight is not the same as being a warrior. If you want to be a “Gad” to fight for God in the name of Jesus you need to be teachable, you need to obtain skills; it will take effort, obedience and time.

Trained

We can learn from the tribe of Gad in 1 Chronicle 12:8, “Courageous men from the Gadites came over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were swift as gazelles on the mountains.”

Something to Offer

Courageous and brave men from the tribe of Gad came to David to fight for him. They didn’t come to safety and glory, David was an outlaw, he fled for his life, King Saul hunted to kill him. The Gadites came to help David and to offer their service. They offered David their skills, they were trained soldiers, hard training over many years, they could sling stones with both the left and the wright hand, they could handle shield and spear and run like gazelles, they had something to offer the coming king in his distress.

The anointed one

However, the most important factor was that the Gadites supported the will of God, fighting for the anointed one. That is exactly what we should do too. We can read about the anointed one in the Acts 10:38, “38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.”

King

We can come to Jesus and offer our service without being trained, just be humble and willing, He will do the teaching and training and lead us in our progress to become a soldier in the army of the coming king.

Questions

  1. What is a warrior?
  2. Why is God in our favor?
  3. With Jesus, do we have to become a soldier?

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