Keep Your Rank

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
                David had now just been anointed king over Israel by the elders in the city of Hebron located approximately twenty miles south of Jerusalem, (1Chronicles 11:3).  Chapters eleven and twelve of 1 Chronicles are dedicated to naming the thousands of men in Israel that presented themselves to David in Hebron, armed for war, to support and to pledge their allegiance to their king.  Chapter twelve gives the amount of men from each tribe.  The tribe of Zebulun had the most men of any other tribe to show up being fifty thousand.
                The tribe of Zebulun was named after Jacob’s tenth son and his wife Leah’s sixth son.  Not a lot is known about Zebulun as an individual.  We know that he had three sons as stated in Genesis 46:4.  The tribe of Zebulun is mentioned all throughout Scripture as being valiant.  They supported Deborah and Barak by fighting against Sisera, and Gideon when he fought against the Midianites.  As we look at and study the history of this tribe we do not wonder that they could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
                This is an awesome testimony of the tribe of Zebulun.  To keep rank is speaking of military formations and exercise.  When going into battle they were not cowardly.  They were steadfast and not of a double heart, wondering if they would fight or not.  Life is a battle.  To keep rank is in regard to their military focus but can also apply to their attitude toward their King.  These men of Zebulin were not undecided if they would serve their King or not.  Their hearts were sure.  They were not attempting to serve their King and another king or their King and another cause.  Jesus said that no man can serve two masters, either he will love the one and hate the other.  What kind of heart do you have toward King Jesus?
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