Ⅰ Chronicles 11:13
‟ He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.”
Ⅱ Samuel 23:9
‟ And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
First, we have to understand who the “He” was. “He” was/is Eleazar and he was one of the “mighty men whom David had”. (vs11) Ah, he was a soldier that was more capable than the average soldier. He was one that stood his ground with David as the Philistines came into the area for battle.
Pas-dammim was a place in Judah. This field was in the near vicinity of where David had fought with Goliath. This area had already seen skirmishes between Israel and the Philistines. Here it’s name means “palm of blood” or “boundary of blood”. In a town where I once lived there was a stretch of interstate that was called “Death Valley”. I had two accidents in this one mile stretch of road. That stretch of road scared me as I had to drive it to work. To avoid that area I would drive 20 minutes out of the way. Imagine that an area is given its name because of the blood that was spilt there.
The last words are the words we need to think about. ‟and the people fled from before the Philistines.” The regular soldiers fled. They had no faith in their ability to win against the Philistines. They did not believe that God would deliver them. Does this sound like a familiar refrain? The people of Israel once again had no faith in their faith. It kind of sounds like us today. We just went to the election polls and we put our faith in the ones running. Did we put any faith into what God would have us do at the polls? Do we have faith in the results and are there still people trying to change results because they have no faith in the process. Or are they the Philistines and wanting to overthrow the process.
But again, the people fled. If you were being surrounded by a larger force, what faith do you have that God would have his hand on the outcome? Could you accept defeat? Or would you just say, “run”? If you have read anything about the return of our Lord, then you know you will face being attacked. Will you stand your ground and let the Lord swing your sword arm? Or will you run for the mount? Have you prayed for guidance and strength to be one of His “mighty”?
Ⅱ Samuel 23:10
‟He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil”