Adam and Seth climbed up the small hill separating the camps of the Israelites and the Amorites. As they approached the crown of the hill, the clanking sounds of war intensified. Too young to be included in the army of Israel, they had been given permission to watch the conflict from an overlooking hill.
“So, how long do you think it will take for Israel to defeat the Amorites?” asked Seth.
“I just hope they win,” replied Adam, “given the circumstances. First, God told the Israelites to go into battle to take the land that had been promised to them, but they were afriad and refused. Then God said that their whole unbelieving generation would die in the wilderness because of their unbelief. So they changed their minds and decided to go into battle even though the Ark of the Covenant (the Presence of God) stayed in the camp and did not go with them. How are they going to win without the Presence of God? Tell me that, would you?”
Seth and Adam had reached the crest of the hill, and, to their astonishment they were in full view of the struggle below. Falling to the ground, they quickly slithered behind a rock and out of sight. Had they been seen?
Almost in answer to this question, a spear appeared in the sky above them and lodged its point in the ground its shaft quivering with deadly energy. “Was that spear meant for us? Are they coming our way?”
Seth found a place beneath a shrub where he could lie unnoticed, and he began to narrate the battle. “Our guys are being pushed back. The Amortes are unleashing their archers. A bevy of arrows just took to the air. The arrows are arching over the conflict. Now they are falling and hitting their marks. Our soldiers are hit, falling, and writhing in pain. How can they recover from such an attack?”
Adam crawled under a bush scraping his neck and arms. Down in the fray he spotted his dad, Caleb, a captain in the conflict. Caleb was scanning the ridges, looking for Adam. Then a cloud of dust off to the left caught Adam’s eye. Something else was coming. He strained to make out the shapes inside the cloud. Horses! Horsemen in chariots with shields and spears! He had to warn his dad.
He pulled out his knife. The sun caught the shinny blade. Adam focused the ray of sunlight on his dad in the fray below. Once, twice, three times. His dad seemed blinded by the glare, then realized that it was Adam trying to contact him. Three flashes. A prearranged signal: Horses were coming! Caleb raised his trumpet and blew the blasts signaling the retreat.
The Israelite army retreated in a cloud of dust, and the Amortes chased them all the way to Hormah.
Adam and Seth left their vantage point being careful to leave no evidence of their presence at the top of the hill. As the returned to camp, Adam reminded them of God’s Word from the previous day. God had said, “A whole generation will pass away, then victory will come.”
“Wow!” Seth exclaimed. “Our parents will not win this war, but our generation will! We will serve our God, believe Him, and He will give the victory to us! May we never forget this day and the lesson that it teaches: victory comes from God!”
Based on Deuteronomy 1:19-46 NIV