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 Philistine gathered at PasDammim 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. 2 Sm. 23: 9, 10
You will probably remember this man, who in the day of the battle took one of the most important decisions in his life. So important that even today in the 21st century we still mention it.
The scenery? A war. There would have been no harder moment than this for him to organise his emotional intelligence and to correctly decide which attitude to take in the next two minutes.
I believe that one of the nephralgic points in his process of decision taking was exactly the future. Eleazar was sure that that day would determine what he would think and even who he would be in the next ten, fifteen years and for the rest of his life.
It was a game of wars. An external one. An internal one. The external one he believed by faith he would win, it depended on God. The intern one depended on his character, his boldness and also his desire to ged rid of the sense of cowardice that would take him day after day, when remembering that in the day of the war he fled with all Israel, allowing the Philistines to win. It was a difficult decision, but Eleazar made the correct decision, and in order that testimony would exist in Israel that the Lord is God, he fought. He battled in such a way that by himself he won a more numerous army than his. On his own as well he won the interior war that would take him day after day to the prison that would hide him from his own face. He proved true the spiritual law according to which it doesn’t matter how many there are in your team, or if you are all by yourself, but if God is with you, your team is the winner.
Eleazar represents a typical situation of the century that still reminds him. A generation of servants of God in charge to win a war. A propose driven generation, above all responsible to finish the task of World Evangelisation to accomplish the divine purpose. The Philistines? We could even say that they are a great army of spiritual evil forces in areas as the 10-40 Window. The infantry would be located in the Maghreb and Ring of Fire areas devouring lives. The villain archers kill lives in the Horn of Africa and who could tell the artillery is not destroying lives in the Arabic Peninsula? These are just analogies that help us capture a great Biblical truth. They say that in the world we have 2.2 missionaries for each one million of Muslims…
Doesn’t this situation remind us Eleazar? Doesn’t it remind us of a war? A decision? …
When I go out to mobilise churches both in Brazil and abroad, I try as hard as I can to make people understand and feel the same feeling that Eleazar felt. I try to make them see that today is the day in which we have the opportunity to make a decision that will last not only for fifteen, twenty or thirty years, but for all eternity. Decision of lives. I remind them that God gave us the opportunity, as His Church, to make a decision that brings honour to the name of the Lord by fighting to save lives before an uncountable army, or instead turn our back and remember our cowardice forever. And TODAY we have the opportunity to make the decision. Today our soul can be demanded. After all, the scenery is clear and the war is declared. The decision needs to be taken. Life decision, which expresses honour or cowardice for us to be reminded of everyday.
For those who depend on ‘Eleazars’ to hear about God’s love,
Pr. Sid Ramos
IEAD – Min Belém / St 06