Sunday 21 April, 2013

2 Samuel 21:15-22

15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines. He became very tired. 16 Ishbi-Benob belonged to the family line of Rapha. The tip of his bronze spear weighed seven and a half pounds. He was also armed with a new sword. He said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, came to save David. He struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men took an oath and made a promise. They said to David, “We never want you to go out with us to battle again. You are the lamp of Israel’s kingdom. We want that lamp to keep on burning brightly.” 18 There was another battle against the Philistines. It took place at Gob. At that time Sibbecai killed Saph. Sibbecai was a Hushathite. Saph was from the family line of Rapha. 19 In another battle against the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother. Elhanan was the son of Jaare-Oregim from Bethlehem. Goliath was from the city of Gath. His spear was as big as a weaver’s rod. 20 There was still another battle. It took place at Gath. A huge man lived there. He had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. So the total number of his toes and fingers was 24. He was also from the family of Rapha. 21 He made fun of Israel. So Jonathan killed him. Jonathan was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. 22 Those four Philistine men lived in Gath. They were from the family line of Rapha. David and his men killed them.

When David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, he became exhausted and almost got killed by Ishbibenob one of the descendants of Rapha.

But, Abishai came to rescue David and killed the Ishbibenob.

Then Saph, Goliath the Gittite and another  a man of great size with 6 fingers and toes and all descendants of the giants of Gath, were killed by David and his men.

These four Philistines were were very strong and their spears were big and heavy and their swords new. From human eyes, they should defeat Israel very easily.

But the truth is, they were killed by David and his men. The Bible says: It is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORDs.

In spiritual conflicts, even strong saints sometimes are faint.  We need spiritual-company who can help us when we were exhausted/down.

My challenge is: Will I be a watchman of my spiritual-friends and help them in these times?

Dear Jesus, help me always to put my trust on you, because the battle is LORDs. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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