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Collecting the Plunder
Posted: Mar 24, 2009 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

When it comes to Bible reading, I would have to say that I absolutely love reading through the Old Testament. While many find themselves reading almost exclusively from the New Testament, I find the stories from the Old Testament to be filled with incredible insight. Don’t get me wrong, the New Testament is fantastic as well. If I had to pick my favorite book of the Bible, I would have to go with Romans. There is a well known scripture passage in II Samuel 23 that talks about King David and his mighty men. King David at this particular part of Scripture is running for his life. King Saul is frantically looking for David because he is insanely jeolous of him. Not only is David hiding from Saul, but he is also dodging the Phillistines which were the mortal enemy of the Isralites.

King David had a group of people known as his “Mighty Men” that were responsible for his protection. These men were fiercly loyal to David and would do anything to protect him. II Samuel 23 tells of their exploits. The first man, Jashobeam once used a single spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. 800! The 2nd of the three was Shammah who was figthing the Philistines in a field full of lentils (beans.) When the Israelites saw the vast number of Phillistine fighters, they fled. But Shammah held his ground and by himself fought of the Philistines and because of that act of courage, God brought about a great victory.

The 3rd of the three warriors’ name was Eleazer. Similar to Shammah, Eleazar stood together with David to fight off the Philistines even after the entire Israelite army fled and cowered in fear. The Bible says that Eleazar fought with such tenacity that after the battle, his hand clung to the sword. He gripped the sword so tight and for so long that he couldn’t even let go of the sword. Try even clenching your fist as tightly as you can for two minutes and you can understand how impressive this truly was.

One part of this story that absolutely fascinates me is found in verse 10 of II Samuel 23. It reads, “He (Eleazar) killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder.”

Are you kidding me? So what this verse is saying is that after Eleazar and David fought off the Philistines by themselves, their fellow soldiers watched from a distance and didn’t return to the battle field until the battle was over. And that isn’t even the worst part. Not only did they come back to the battlefield after running in fear, but they began to collect the reward once they returned. You know what that makes me realize? There are so many people lining up to collect the reward but very few who are willing to pay the price and fight. Which one are you?

With Expectancy!


One Response to “Collecting the Plunder”

  1. Howard says:

    This gives me something to chew on for sure.

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