In between sermon series, it was so good to hear from Lead Pastor Andrew Bach this week; he spoke over us, as a church family, a truth from God: you are graceful, and you are grace-full. The power of God is full in you to accomplish what God has intended for your life. Sometimes there is grace to endure, and sometimes there is grace to enjoy – but there is always grace. We are thankful to run after Jesus with you, grace-full church!
This week, we hone in on the character of Eleazar to learn more about God based on Scripture. King David – the man after God’s own heart – was surrounded by a team of 37 “Mighty Men”, and Eleazar was one of those 37.
2 Samuel 23:9-10: “And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.”
From this passage, we learn three very important things:
There is power in standing
- We are called to stand in marriage, in parenthood, and in integrity and work, for example.
- Most often, standing requires doing the right thing, even if no one sees (except for God; he always sees when we do what is right).
- John 6:66-68: “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…'”
There is purpose in personal weakness
- Eleazar became weary in his fighting. There is no shame in weariness, nor does it mean something is wrong. Our weaknesses allow for God’s grace to come rushing in and strengthen us.
- Weakness is not our greatest enemy; it’s just a part of standing.
- 2 Corinthians 12:8-10: Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'”
- How many times have we missed experiencing God’s goodness because we’ve been too afraid to acknowledge our weakness?
There is success in clinging to the sword
- Our sword is the Word of God. It is the Truth.
- In a humanistic culture, everyone has his or her own truth, but Truth – with a capital “T” – isn’t popular in a humanistic society. There is power in standing for what is right and True.
- Everyone is looking for something to cling to. As followers of Jesus, the Truth to which we cling is the Bible; this is the Word of Eternal Life.
2 Samuel 23:9-10; John 6:66-68; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10