Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eleazar


There are two similar versions to the story of Eleazar and what he did as a Mighty Man.  2 Samuel 23:9-10 says this:

"Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite.  As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle.  Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword.  The LORD brought about a great victory that day.  The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead."

Dodai's son, when everyone else turned tail and ran, stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword.  But the 1 Chronicles 11:12-14 version of the story says this:

"Next to him was Eleazar son of Doda the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men.  He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle.  At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines.  But they took their stand in the middle of the field.
They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory." 

The one common denominator and the detail that is present in both versions is this one:

The LORD brought about a great victory.

Eleazar had a great story to tell for the rest of his life.  Can you hear it?  Shared over a beer in a local pub, "My hand froze to the sword.  It took all day and all night for it to open up and let go."  I would imagine as time went on and the fish tale grew the story grew too.  Day turned to days, days turned to weeks.  Perhaps he'd hold up the very hand, still contracted into the position it held fighting off those Philistines.

Maybe he'd tease those who ran away, but who didn't run too far.  At least they stayed close enough to stand their ground in the middle of a field.

Imagine the war stories Eleazar and those warriors could have told in their retirement years.  But both stories give credit where credit was due.

The LORD.

The LORD brought about a great victory.

Eleazar stood and fought alone, the others ran and fought in a field, but the victory came from the LORD.

Eleazar knew that.  So did David and the others.  God's warriors know where their strength comes from.


E is for Eleazar, Dodai the Ahohite's son.  




1 comment:

  1. Amen! With God all things are possible, but apart from him we can do nothing.
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