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Hold Your Position

Judges 7:19-22 As Gideon and his army held their positions/stood in their place, the enemy ran away from them and then turned in confusion with their swords on one another. So will ours.

19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands.

20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!"

21 While each man held [5975] his position [“the place in which one stands”] around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.

NIV

Judges 7:21

21 Each stood [5975] in his place around the camp; and all the army ran, crying out as they fled.

NASU


OT:5975 `amad (aw-mad')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive):

KJV - abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be [over], place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with-) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

to stand, to remain, to endure, to take one's stand

a) (Qal)

1) to stand, to take one's stand, to be in a standing attitude, to stand forth, to take a stand, to present

oneself, to attend upon, to be or to become servant of

2) to stand still, to stop (moving or doing), to cease

3) to tarry, to delay, to remain, to continue, to abide, to endure, to persist, to be steadfast

4) to make a stand, to hold one's ground

5) to stand upright, to remain standing, to stand up, to rise, to be erect, to be upright

6) to arise, to appear, to come on the scene, to stand forth, to appear, to rise up or against

7) to stand with, to take one's stand, to be appointed, to grow flat, to grow insipid

b) (Hiphil)

1) to station, to set

2) to cause to stand firm, to maintain

3) to cause to stand up, to cause to set up, to erect

4) to present (one) before (king)

5) to appoint, to ordain, to establish

c) (Hophal) to be presented, to be caused to stand, to be stood before


2 Chronicles 20:1-25Because of the great multitude that had come to destroy them, the Israelites sought the Lord. A prophet declared that the battle was not theirs, but the Lord’s. He gave them specific instructions on how to win. As they took up their positions and obediently stood firm, the Lord delivered them. It wasn’t by their own strength but by the Lord’s. In the end, their enemies destroyed themselves. We read that it took three days to gather all the plunder from them. This reminds me of when Israel came out of Egypt. On the way out of their bondage they also plundered them.

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.

15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.

16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz [tseets- “bloom, flower”], and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel [yer-oo-ale’- “founded of God”, “taught by God”].

17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions [3320- NAS; “station yourselves”]; stand firm [5975] and see the deliverance [“deliverance, victory”] the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow [1 Samuel 14:8- Jonathan and his armor bearer “revealed” themselves to the enemy”], and the Lord will be with you.'"

20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld [; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful."

21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever."

22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

23 The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.

25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value — more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.

NIV


OT:3320 yatsab (yaw-tsab')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primitive root; to place (any thing so as to stay); reflexively, to station, offer, continue:

KJV - present selves, remaining, resort, set (selves), (be able to, can, with-) stand (fast, forth, -ing, still, up).

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

to place, to set, to stand, to set or station oneself, to present oneself (Hithpael) to station oneself, to take one's stand, to stand, to present oneself, to stand with someone


Exodus 14:13-31The Lord purposefully brings the Israelites to a point between a rock and a hard place. It was here that He would, once again, reveal His power before His people. They had just witnessed it in Egypt but soon forgot. We can do the same thing.

13 But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by [3320] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.

14 "The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent [“to keep quiet”]."

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.

16 "As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land. [In my last video, “2 Swords In The Camp; The Uphill Battle,” Jonathan and his armor bearer cross over to the enemy between 2 cliffs; 1 Samuel 14:4-5.]

17 "As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.

18 "Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen."

19 The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.

20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind [see my Bible study The East Wind] all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.

22 The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

23 Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea.

24 At the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion.

25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve [NIV; “He made the wheels of their chariots come off…”], and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians."

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen."

27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state [386] at daybreak [“dawn, the break of day, the end of night (darkness)”], while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh's entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.

29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

31 When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.

NASU


OT:386 'eythan (ay-thawn'); or (shortened) 'ethan (ay-thawn')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from an unused root (meaning to continue); permanence; hence (concrete) permanent; specifically a chieftain:

KJV - hard, mighty, rough, strength, strong.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

perpetual, constant, perennial, ever-flowing

a) ever-flowing (used of a stream)

b) permanence, permanent, enduring (figuratively)


Joshua 3:1-17Israel crosses the Jordan, much like when they crossed the Red Sea at the beginning of their journey, on dry ground. At the end of this age, those who, like the Levites, consecrate themselves unto the Lord, thereby submitting themselves under His Lordship, will be the priests of the Lord that will stand firm, carrying His presence, creating a way for others to cross over into the Promised eternal inheritance in Christ.

6 And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people." So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.

7 Now the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.

8 "You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still [5975- see def. in Judges 7:21 above] in the Jordan.'"

17 And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm [5975] on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

NASU



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