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Guarding The Plot [1] - Extracted From "Jottings"

Shammah, the son of Agee, was one of the three mighty men with David. These were men who had been quick to see in David the Lord's anointed, and to associate themselves with Israel's true, yet rejected king. With them it was no question of patronizing David in his claims-they threw their whole weight into the scales to turn the kingdom to the son of Jesse. They were individually mighty men, and their several acts wrought individually were sufficient to give them a chief place among the mighty men of David, and a chief place among the many great warriors who arose in Israel at different times. The act of Shammah touches a chord within our hearts as we think of that mighty man standing in the midst of the plot of ground full of lentils, and defending it against a foraging party of Philistines (2 Samuel 23:11, 12).

The plot of lentils would have helped the commissariat of the Philistine army, but it was as vital to the needs of Israel, and full well Shammah knew its value; and though the people fled from the Philistines he was prepared to stand for the defence of the plot. Shammah knew that the honour of the Lord and the well-being of His people were at stake, and not one inch of ground was he prepared to yield to the foe. The Lord, too, was fully with him in it-for it is said of that day's work: "The LORD wrought a great victory". The power of God was seen in Shammah's sword, and under it the forces of Satan fell.

Another instance of the same kind is told us in 1 Chronicles 11:

12-14, concerning Eleazar, the son of Dodo. He was with David, we are told, at Pas-dammim, where was a plot of ground full of barley, and the people fled before the Philistines. Then we read: "They (David and he) stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great victory".

The vital question with all who have known God's grace should be-Are we with our David, the Lord Jesus Christ? His own words are: "He that is not with Me is against Me" (Luke 11:23). The Lord's will is that we are to be with Him in deed and in heart. If this be so we shall, no doubt, find some plot of barley or lentils to defend against the enemy.