Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 22:1-23:23 (additional reading: Psalm 122:1-9 and Proverbs 16:19-20)
What an inspiring story we find tucked away here in these couple of verses in 2 Samuel 23. The story of ELEAZAR; one of King David’s “mighty men”. He is particularly remembered for his heroic deeds in a battle with the Philistines. In 1 Chronicles 11:12-14 we are told a little more about this occasion. What a man this Eleazar was! We can learn a lot from him.
Eleazar brought down the entire Philistine militia with just one weapon in his hand – his trusty sword. He knew his weapon, he was familiar with it and he had confidence in his weapon.
Eleazar’s sword provides us with a picture of the weapon that God has placed in our hands as Christians. In Ephesians 6:17 we are told to take up . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of GOD. Here is our “Excalibur” – the eternal, unchanging revelation of the living God – the Scriptures – the Bible. The question is – do we know our weapon?
Do we know it well enough that we have UNFLINCHING CONFIDENCE in it? Jesus said in Luke 16:17 It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one penstroke of the law to fail. this is the unfailing truth – God’s Word is absolutely reliable!
Are we familiar enough with our weapon? There is an answer in the Word of God for every situation we will ever face – but if we haven’t spent time in the Word we won’t know those answers when we need them “solid food is for the mature, who BY CONSTANT USE have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14).
Eleazar’s sword was sufficient for the battle – but for him to be effective with it he needed to have confidence in it and to be totally familiar with it. The Word of God is sufficient for every battle we ever have to fight – but how well do we know our weapon?
Do you know and have confidence in the Bible?
Father, Thank You for giving us Your Word. Help us to love our Bibles, to read them, trust them and have confidence in Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen