“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” (Genesis 49:27)
Jacob portrays the tribe of Benjamin as a warring tribe in that he “tears his prey” and “divides the spoil.” Indeed, there are examples of their warlike tendencies in the Scripture, particularly in the book of Judges when they were willing to take on the entire nation that had assembled against them (Judges 19-20).
But let us consider that there are other ways of making war. In fact, there are examples in the Bible where the tribe of Benjamin prevailed over their enemies by their wit and because of the favor God bestowed upon them. For instance, both Mordechai and Esther were from the tribe of Benjamin and, as we know, prevailed over those who were trying to annihilate them and their countrymen. Knowing that God was on the side of righteousness and justice, they fasted, prayed and courageously used their influence with the powerful to overcome the wickedness of their enemies.
The example I appreciate the most, though, is the Apostle Paul. Also being from the tribe of Benjamin, he waged war against the enemy but in a completely different way than most who had preceded him. He understood that the true enemy was not the one of flesh and blood but the offensive spirits and principalities that manipulated and controlled mankind. This was the enemy Paul chose to contend with and, furthermore, the one he challenged us to wage war against as well.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11-13)
It is important to remember, especially in these trying times, that our greatest enemy is the one behind the scenes influencing men and women who would give themselves over to wickednesses. Our warfare is not carnal and, so, we will overcome only if we are committed to seeking the face of our Heavenly Father. Looking to the example that Paul gave us, let us “fight the good fight of faith” and remember that not even the gates of Hell will be able to prevail against us.
Blessings and Shalom,