by Samuel Burgess

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

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 ...

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