“Keep Swinging!”

Text: “And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. 10 He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.” (2 Sam. 23:9-10, NKJV)

I don’t know if you remember when you were little. In my place of birth, when kids would fight, but they didn’t want to fight, they would draw a line on the dirt and then they would say, “Don’t pass the line. If you do, you will have to fight me.” If the other kid passed the line, a fight would ensue.

On this particular day in Israel, the Israelites were facing the Philistines. By the description given, it seems that Israel ignited the fight, drawing the line on the ground. The rest of the army seemed to have left the field in cowardice. But Eleazar, one of the mighty men of David, procee