Eleazar’s Hand Clave to the Sword
January 4th, on my 76th birthday, I am meditating on David’s mighty men, his army of rebels.
2 Samuel 23:9-10: “Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.”
The men of Israel were so dismayed by the forces of the Philistines that they retreated. But Eleazar of old heard the call, the same call which I answered 47 years ago, “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”—Psalm 94:16.
Eleazar stood his ground that notable day with David and the other two men of renowned against the intimidating advancing army of Philistines.
Eleazar cut down the Philistines one by one until there was none left to fight him. Afterward, the other Israelites came back, but only for the plunder. When they found Eleazar, his arm was so exhausted from the battle; the blood on his hand had congealed to his sword and it had to be pried loose. His hand was also likely cramped from holding so tightly to his weapon for so long. Through the heat of the battle, as tired as he was, he was not about to drop his sword.
Since I took up the Sword of the Spirit in 1972, I have never put it down in the midst of the battle. It has become stuck to my hand and I wield it against the multitudes of students daily. I meditate about its truth and teach and proclaim it daily.
Bro. Jed & Co. are going forth to fight the Philistines with the Sword of Truth, knowing that we are not simply battling against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness, which captured our universities generations ago. Victory is ours! Defeat is unthinkable.
Christian warfare is a fight to the finish. David said that the righteous “shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing”–Psalm 92:12–14
With the passing of the years, I am asked ever more frequently, “How much longer are you going to preach? When are you going to retire?”
I reply, “Retirement is not in my plans; I intend on continuing as long as I am able. I want to die standing, wielding my sword.”
We encourage others to join us and we are thankful for those who have partnered with us to keep us supplied on the front-lines of our battle between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error, God and the devil. We are determined to be successful or die trying. Should we succeed in saving the multitudes, we will probably have hordes of Christians, who will then want to join us to make disciples for their organizations. Our purpose is to raise an army, who will love righteousness and hate iniquity.
Later, Eleazar, as part of the Three, broke through Philistine lines to Bethlehem to get a drink for David from a well near the gate while they were encamped in the Cave of Adullam, but David poured the water out as a drink offering saying, “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?”—2 Samuel 23:17
We don’t need hordes to retake the campuses for Christ; we require a dedicated few, like the Three, who go forth with the water of life in jeopardy of their lives. Join us in prayer, financial support or even actually on the battlefield–if you dare. Join the Church Militant!
Please consider sending a special gift of $76 to The CMUSA in celebration of my 76th birthday.