So far we have 3 articles written regarding the warriors of David

Part 1: Talks about why we should learn from the warriors of David
Part 2: Talks about the historical setting as well as Davids way of leading the nation
Part 3: Talks about the common traits in the warriors of David

Now we would be studying the characters one by one. I will be listing the warriors not in their usual ranking, but rather by the similar deeds they have done.

1. A Note About The Groups Of Three

Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohitite is in a group of 3 (1 Chron 11:12)
Abishai the brother of Joab is in another group of 3 (1 Chron 11:20)

Apparently, the bible only mention of one warrior from the group of 3 to talk about their deeds. Nonetheless, we can see how important it is to have companions of faith and coworkers. Let us learn to emulate the courage and faith as well as their willingness to support each other in battle.

2. Warriors Who Are Unmoved Even When Fighting A Multitude Of Foes

Josheb-Basshebeth (AKA Adino the Eznite) 2 Sam 23:8: Killed 800 man at one time
Jashobeam: 1 Chron 11:11 : Lift his spear against 300, killing all at one time
Abishai : 1 Chron 11:20 :Lift his spear against 300, killing all at one time

Note: There are some who thinks Jashobeam and Josheb are the same person, but over here i decided to separate them. just in case if they are not the same. Even if they are the same, i think it will be fair to say that he participated in 2 battles, one he killed 800 while he killed 300 in another battle. I live in a place where roll call sheets in the army contains many names that are similar in spelling so its possible that they are different warriors. 🙂

These warriors are unafraid even when they are facing a massive number of foes. Alot of times, we are able to hold on to our courage when we fight 1 to 1. Some of us may be able to stand 1 against 3, or even against 10, but what about 300? There are times we may lose our courage, we may run away. But yet these warriors stood firm and continue fighting and they prevailed against their large number of foes, they believe that God will help them and they will be able to prevail in the end.

Likewise, as the modern warriors of Christ, we ought to emulate this courage, we should never be afraid of facing a huge number of enemies, but rather we should only be afraid of the times where God is not with us. If God is fighting by our side, we will be victorious no matter how many stands against us.

This is particularly true when we are talking about teaching the truth. There are many other churches who do not follow the bible faithfully, and they stand as the majority. Can we still be able to persist following Gods commands in the bible? Or do we willingly put aside Gods instructions so as to remain friendly with the rest? Do we cast aside doctrines so that all the churches could stand “united” in not following Gods commands?

We like to say majority wins, especially in a the modern democratic world. We often say “lets not just believe in everything that is spoken” and “lets try to prove it by asking the opinion of others”. But have we ever wondered that in a situation where many people decide to take a false teaching as truth, even a false teaching would be accepted as the truth in no time. Sometimes we reason among ourselves “If it is not true, why is the majority believing in it? Could it be that the truth is at their side?”

In face of that many would not be able to stand by the truth. Truth is not relative but rather, it is only founded only in the words of Jesus. We should only use the saying of Jesus as the basis for the truth. Therefore one should judge if the church is teaching the truth by comparing it against the scripture. For we do not follow the teaching of man or the ancient tradition of the church, we must always follow the command of Jesus in the bible.

I remember I once wrote about Pontius Pilate, sometimes we are like him in many ways, Pilate is not without reasons and justice, he knows that Jesus was innocent. He tried to declare Jesus innocence many times, even though many wanted Jesus crucified. But why then did he cave in in the end?

Luke the physician gave a very insightful explanation in the gospel according to Luke

“Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”
But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.” – Luke (Lk 23:22-23)

Pilate was unable to maintain his justice because he was unable to withstand the voices of the Jews and the Chief Priest.

Let us learn to be like Jashobeam and Abishai, relying on God at all times. Unmoved even when facing a massive number of foes. Let us learn to stand by the truth, relying on God to be victorious over them

3. Warriors Who Fought While Others Are Retreating

Eleazar the son of Dodo, The Ahohite (2 Sam 23:9-10) : Attacked a Philistines While The Army Of Israel Retreated
Eleazar (1 Chron 11:13-14)Defended a barely field against the attacking Philistines, while the people fled
Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite (2 Sam 23:11-12) Defended a lentil field against the invading Philistine, while the people fled.

Note: Because Barley is different from Lentils, I will tend to think the first 2 incidents might be the same, though it can also mean that its 3 separate battles.

Eleazar was brave enough to attack the enemies while his companions are fleeing the battle. In another occasion he stationed himself in the barley field. The record of Eleazar in 2 Samuel 23 tells us something about his persistence.

“He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword.” 2 Sam 23:10.

Ironically he singlehandedly attacked them and fought with such fierceness and his hands were stuck with the sword. The sword of the modern Christian soldier is none other than the word of God. Just like what the author of Hebrews said

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12.

Therefore, we have to remember, our battle against the forces of evil, we need to meditate and ponder over the word of God, only by knowing it better, can we use it to break the strongholds of the devil. and fight in the war. God does not win with numbers, he requires faithful soldiers who is not afraid of how numerous the enemies are, and he also require them to hold on to their sword, even if they feel weary fighting. Only then will God bring on the victory. Therefore let us learn from the persistence of Eleazer and to hold fast to the word of God, just like how the sword was stuck in his hand. .

In the stories of Eleazer as well as Shammah, there were defending a ground full of lentils and barley. In those battles, their companions lost courage and fled. Yet they station themselves in the middle of the field, defending against the torrents of invaders. They did not flee although the majority have fled. As David is establishing his kingdom, he needed mighty men like them who would hold their line even if everyone is retreating.

We all know how hard it is to start a empire, but at the same time, history has proven that the main difficulty encountered, lies in the fact that there are many problems to overcome. Many plans that will not stay on course. Similarly as Christians are establishing the kingdom of God, they will face problems from time to time. We can choose not to face the problems, we can choose to flee from it. But we all know that in order to be successful, we must face up to the problems, we will have to solve our problems one by one, and only by so doing will the kingdom of God be established. When David was establishing his kingdom, he faced many difficulties. In the battle of Eleazer and Shammah, they needed the field very badly, losing a field equates to losing a supply of food. Losing food supply will mean that the armies of God will have to fight without provisions.

But at the point when they are trying to defend it, they see their companions fleeing the battle field. But these mighty man of David choose to stand ground, defend the field. They know that God will help, and truly through the gallantry of these warriors, God was able to bring about a victory.

The church needs warriors such as these, indeed we can see that the church now faces many problems. There are even more problems to come, there are also many brethren who have chosen to leave the church whenever they encounter a problem. Yet at the same time, we see members who faithfully carry out their work, relying on God to help them, they managed to solve many of the problems one after the other. They choose to stand by Gods field and defend it. These are people that God is pleased with, and are desperately needed in church.

Indeed the field here can refer to the church of God, and the seeds are liken to the work of God. Therefore as courages soldiers of Christ, let us defend the field of God.

May God help us. to strengthen our faith, and to give us the courage to trust God in the face of many opposition. Let us learn to hold on ground, especially in the truth, and to defend the truth to make sure that no invaders could change the truth. Let us learn to rely on God to stand ground, and with his help, overcome all obstacles and to establish this kingdom of God together with Jesus.