I've Left My Pea Patch For The Last Time by Samuel Burgess

I've Left My Pea Patch For The Last Time
Sammy Burgess
2 Samuel 23:11,12

Introduction:
These 2 verses that we have just read remind me of what Paul said in the New Testament.

{Ephesians 6:12,13}- "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. {13}- Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

{2 Timothy 2:3}- "Thou therefore endure hardness, AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST."

*Paul reminds us that we, as Christians, are in a constant battle. We are in a war; we have a great fight on our hands.

Centuries earlier, there was a dramatic event that took place in the life of one of David's soldiers that brings to light what {Ephesians 6:13} and {2 Timothy 2:3} really means.

Here in our text we find a Soldier that stood his ground. Shammah, this great soldier, would not give up the ground that he was given. *If you use your imagination for just a moment you can picture in your mind Shammah and a group of people working in a field {23:11- "a piece of ground full of lentiles."}.

{note}> No one can really be dogmatic about what these "lentiles" were. One commentary suggested that these "lentiles" were "horse-food"; "animal food." *Most commentaries suggest that these "lentiles" were a patch of "peas"; "a plot of peas"; "a Pea Patch".

Shammah and his countrymen were digging up their ground; they were plowing and hoeing in their field; when all of a sudden the Philistines began to attack their ground.

{note}> We are not told if the Philistines ever attacked this field before. We are not told if this was a reoccurring thing. The only thing we are told is that the Philistines bombarded their field.

When the Philistines began to attack, the people began to flee. They were frightened of the Philistines and they ran for their lives. But there was one man by the name of Shammah who didn't run away. Something gripped his heart; and I believe that he told the people that was running, "I'm not going to run this time. I am not going to give up anymore ground. I'VE LEFT MY PEA PATCH FOR THE LAST TIME."

I can see Shammah as he takes one of his field tools and begins to fight the Philistines. He fought for a piece of ground that he thought was worth fighting for. He didn't run; he didn't hide; he didn't back down; he didn't even get tired. He battled with the Philistines until every man was killed. We are told that {23:12- "And the Lord wrought a great victory."}

Let's be honest with ourselves for just a moment. The Devil is intimidating the people of God as never before. The Church, the Child of God is being attacked by Satan more than ever before. The 'world' is watching at what is taking place. They are seeing more defeated Churches, and they are noticing more defeated Christians quitting and backing do ...


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