Be not afraid of them

Deuteronomy 20:1 “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”

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These are tough odds. The enemy is better equipped and more numerous.

When Israel views the field of battle with eyes of flesh, not eyes of faith, fear is the obvious outcome.

But Israel has faced tough odds before. They have been the property of a pagan nation. Not just any nation, the most powerful nation in the region (certainly), and perhaps in the world.

When confronted by Moses, God’s chosen messenger, demanding “let my people go,” that nation answers an emphatic “no,” and has the courage of their convictions to face off against Jehovah.

In the end, Egypt’s Pharaoh and his soldiers (fancy chariots and all) wind up dead, while Israel walks across dry land to safety.

Look at the battlefield again, God says in this verse, this time remember Who I Am, where I Am, and where you’ve been.

Deuteronomy 20:1 “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”

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