Summary: A winning team needs a good defense and a good offense. Shammah and Benaniah illustrate defense and offense. They both were just one hair’s breathe away from this side of crazy! How about you?
Title: “Just One Hair’s Breathe this Side of Crazy!”
Introduction: David is nearing the end of his life. He has become the mighty king of Israel. From his humble beginning as a shepherd, he had risen to be become the greatest king in the land.
In this chapter, credit is given where credit is due Throughout his life, David had surrounded himself with “mighty men.”
If you want to be a winner, you must get yourself on a winning team. Do you know Christ? He is the "Son of David." In order for a winning team to be a winning team, it must also have two things. It must have a good defense and it must have a good offence. I have chosen two men in David’s list of mighty men who illustrate for us those two aspects of a winning team.
1. You must have the proper defense.
(2 Sam 23:11-12) And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
So what is the big deal about lentils? That’s what the losers said when they fled from the invading Philistines.
Shammah knew what he was fighting for. He knew what he was defending.
1.) I am fighting for my field…
(Eph 4:27 KJV) Neither give place to the devil.
Shammah knew that God had given him that field. This was his area of responsibility and he was not about ready to let the Philistine take it from him.
2.) I am fighting for my food…
(Psa 119:103 KJV) How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
From what I understand after reading the commentaries, lentils are a whole lot like eating pea soup. The only time that pea soup sounds good to me is when you might add little ham pieces to it. It is highly unlikely that Shammah’s Jewish wife was doing this for him!
But this field of lentils was the only food that they had to eat. It was his food. He had planted it, cultivated it, and now he was ready to defend it.
Our daily bread ought to be the Word of God. Are you prepared to defend it?
3.) I am fighting for my family…
If there was no field, there would be no food. And if there was no food, Shammah’s family would have nothing to eat. Shammah was willing to lay down his life for his family.
Now this is where the title of today’s message comes in to view. “One hair just this side of crazy!” Can you imagine what the Jewish comrades of Shammah must have thought when they looked back and saw that Shammah stayed to defend his field from an entire troop of Philistines. Certainly, someone must have said, Shammah must be crazy!
And can you imagine what the Philistines thought when they saw this lone Jew standing there to defend his field. After Shammah banged a few Philistine heads together and snorted and growled, this troop of Philistines must have said to themselves, “Hey, let’s get out of here, that man is just a hair’s breathe away from being crazy!”