Summary: David's last words are powerful as he teaches the lesson of the lentil field. It is time to take your stand and be counted faithful to the little field before us. You can make a difference when others chose to run.
I WILL STAND FAITHFUL IN MY PEA PATCH!
PAY ATTENTION TO THE LAST WORDS...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
( I buy a bag of LENTILS at the local grocery store. I discuss value, price, worth ---
Lentils are in the pea, split pea family of plants...)
Psalm 68:1 (KJV) Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee
WE LEARN A LESSON IN SPEED READING...
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO FIRST WORDS AND THEN FOCUS ON THE LAST WORDS...
A. As we come near to the end of our journey we tend to speak what is lasting, enduring, and
B. The last words speak of the total theme --- THE SUMMARY--- WHAT WE VALUE.
Thus we stress what is really important...
2 Samuel 23:1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man
who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
C. David has traveled THE JOURNEY OF TEARS and old age has made life processes
apparent. CHAPTER 23 WILL RECORD IMPORTANT HISTORY...
2 Samuel 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling
in the fear of God.
D. GOD'S SPIRIT WARNS THE PEOPLE:
1. May your standard of correction be JUST.
2. Fear God, awl, reverent, respect...
DAVID HAS SOME VERY VALUABLE LESSONS TO TEACH IN 2 SAMUEL 23 ---
HE RECORDS THE HISTORY OF 37 MIGHTY MEN THAT SUPPORT HIM AND GOD'S PLAN...
OF THE 37, 3 STAND OUT AS VERY GODLY...
1. ADINO ---
2 Samuel 23:8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the
seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred,
whom he slew at one time.
A. Adino was a skilled, trained and faithful user of the spear...
B. Adino killed 800 men in one battle.
C. He stepped forward and became a LEADER ---
2. ELEAZAR ---
2 Samuel 23:9 And after him was 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.
A. When all his fellow soldiers ran away in the heat of the battle, Eleazar STOOD and FOUGHT...
B. Eleazar did not complain and fuss while they ran off...
C. ELEAZAR AROSE TO STAND AND FIGHT...
D. HIS HAND CLAVE TO THE SWORD...
E. After the victory his friends return? He does not throw it up to them.
F. He learned sometimes the battle gets lonely, fight any way...
3. SHAMMAH ---
2 Samuel 23:11 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. 12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines:
and the LORD wrought a great victory.