In military movies, when a group of soldiers has to cross an open field, they often assign one or two men to go out front and draw out the enemy and station one or two men in the back of the group to "watch their back". I would not volunteer for either of these jobs. I would prefer to stay in the middle. That is because I am a chicken and am not brave like the men and women who fight for us every day. God volunteers for both positions. He tells Israel, "...for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward." My Bible defines that last word as a being a rear guard.
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