None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language.
The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness.
A king will form a standing army and draft their children into it.
He will collect taxes and make the people his slaves.
Earlier Elisha offered healing to Naaman, a commander in the enemies’ army, and refused to accept any reward for doing this.
Naaman would not have sought Elisha’s help if it had not been for the captured Israelite girl who suggested this solution.
One of the reasons why King David in the Old Testament could not build the temple was that he had killed too many people or “shed too much blood.” So his son Solomon, described as “a man of peace,” would do the building instead (1 Chronicles 22).
Later, when the Israelites themselves were carried into captivity, God sent visions of the restoration of God’s kingdom.
With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths.
The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation: Then came the “long” prayer.