SUNDAY 4 December, 2016
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, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.” 18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha. 19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod. 20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him. 22 These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.
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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