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Martial Arts and the Bible P6 - Abraham, the Warrior

Updated on December 11, 2012

In this Hub page and the next, we will look at the propriety of Abraham’s actions, but first a couple language clarifications. These will apply also to future Hubs as well.

In the square brackets are words you will find in your Bible as being italicized. These words are not found in the original manuscripts. They are not there because they were not needed in the orginal languages. We must remember that in translating Hebrew, it has some things totally foreign to English. There were no vowels. Then, too, the Hebrew may be one word but in English it is 2 or 3 or 4 words. Its a different language.

In some cases these "word helps" are transliterations, a word in English that does not have an exact meaning as the original but is as close as one can get in English.

When we see italics, it also might be a word in the Bible used to enhance the meaning of a related word such as "pursued them" which because of its original language tense or gender, etc. did not need a predicate word. Who did they pursue--"them." For our writing, we have used brackets [ ] rather than italics.

Last, in the rounded brackets, as below, are definitions of the words taken from Strong’s Concordance, a book which gives a meaning of each and every word used in the Bible along with several root derivatives. Here we have tried to enhance the understanding by expanding the meanings of the word as found in Strong's. For instance, "armed" could mean "led forth" or both; his "trained" or "practiced" men. This explanation applies in all my Hubs. It is a bit simplistic when compared to the study of a language, but it will get the job done. Now to the next page.

Genesis 14:14, "And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained [servants], born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued [them] to Dan." {armed: or, led forth} {trained: or, practiced}

Abraham was a martial artist and a warrior. There is no doubt of this. He trained as did his men for combat. There is no doubt that his actions and preparedness were approved of God. And he lived in peace but was prepared for war.

We find attitude of Abram to be a directive in the New Testament, Romans 12:18, If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men; Luke 11:21-22, When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Abrahams' actions were in response to the first recorded war in the Bible, Genesis 14:8-9.

Though out numbered and "days" late, he was not deterred. Abraham called his men together when he heard the news, made sure they all were armed and took up the pursuit of the enemy to save his family. He did this not for the hope of gain but for the sake of those taken, Genesis 14:23. And because of personal his demeanor, others came to his assistance without being asked, Genesis 14:24.

Because of his preparedness, he won the second war recorded in the Bible, Genesis 14:15-16.

Our Chrisitan standard of propriety, today is the New Testament. It condones Abraham's actions. And it goes further, to the point of being a directive for us today, believer or not;

I Timothy 5:8, But if any provideth not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Though this portion of the chapter appears to be is addressing widows, but it is clear the chapter, as a whole, is addressing family, as does most of this Epistle. And the bottom line is this . . .

Without proper training, we cannot carry out this directive.

Abraham prepared himself and "provided for his own and his house."

We conclude our look at the first true martial artist in the next Hub when we close this topic.


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