Devotion For Week Of February 27, 2012 - INTERESTING PERSONALITIES

INTERESTING PERSONALITIES
        

Exodus 20:10-11, “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [11] For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Many Civil War generals stood so committed to observing the Sabbath that it influenced their military operations.  General "Stonewall" Jackson would fight only major battles on Sunday, and then only if forced into it.  If his army had to fight on the Sabbath he would set aside the next day as a day of worship to the Lord.

Union General William Rosecrans refused to pursue a fleeing Confederate force on a Sabbath day.  Other generals attributed defeats to the fact they had violated the Sabbath by fighting on that day.

E.M. Bounds, now famous for such books as "Power Through Prayer" served as a Confederate chaplain.  He displayed great courage on the front lines.  At the battle of Franklin, Tennessee he was captured by the Union forces.  He helped start the cemetery in Franklin to honor Confederate dead.

During one battle a chaplain asked a severely wounded youth if he was a Christian.  The young soldier gasped, "Yes."  The chaplain said, "Then you have nothing to fear," and left the boy to die.  But the boy did not die; he recovered and became a Supreme Court Justice.  His name was Oliver Wendell Holmes.

 

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