Satan's Trophy Room
By, James L. Thornton
Song Of Solomon 4:4
2. The Tower Of David
3. Past Experiences
4. Arm Yourself For Battle
Successful men have always surrounded themselves with great men. In 2 Samuel 23, we have some of the last recorded words of David King of Israel and he is looking back over his life and is remembering what made him Israel’s greatest king.
First he gives the greatest credit or most credit to the God of Israel, then to the mighty men who protected him and fought with him against great odds in his long struggle of life.
1 Chronicles 11:1 tells the story of David being anointed king over all Israel, followed by the conquest of Jerusalem, led by Joab whom David made chief captain, and there he built his castle and it became the capitol city. In 2 Samuel 23 David is remembering the exploits of the mighty men who were with him, of whom 40 are named and dozens more unnamed.
One of David’s favorite stories concerned Eleazar that fought with David when they were left alone against 8oo Philistines, they fought until his “hand clave to the sword.” Needless to say the Lord wrought a great victory that day.
Another story David liked to tell was about Sham-mah who stood back to back with David to defend a field of barley against the Philistines.
Probably his favorite of all concerned a well of water which was by the gate of Bethlehem, David’s old home town, which was then controlled by the Philistines. Three of his “mighty men” overheard David longing for a drink from that well. These three “mighty men,” Abishai, Benaiah, and probably Eleazar, broke through the lines of the Philistines and drew a canteen of water from that well and brought it back to David who would not drink it in honor of those men of valor who risked their lives for it. Instead David poured it out as a sacrifice unto the Lord. What a Sacrifice!
I’m sure David, as his son’s grew up told them all theses stories, and I can imagine he acted some of them out for their enjoyment.
That is the setting for this study and we hope you will read and enjoy it, and most of all we want you to take heed to the lesson we are trying to bring from it
2. The Tower Of David:
Song Of Solomon 4:4. “Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.”
This scripture has reference to a very high tower built into the wall around Jerusalem. This tower was called The Tower Of David. This tower was used as an Armory or Arsenal. Upon the walls of this Armory were hung the weapons and Armor of a thousand men.
What a sight for young Solomon to see when David, his father took him on a tour of this Armory. How he must have been thrilled to hear the story behind each weapon. They were hanging as silent monuments of days gone by. Yet speaking!
Let’s take a walk around the Armory. Here hanging on the wall is a Spear – It may look like any other Spear. What’s so special about this Spear? It’s the Spear of Jashobeam. Then David would relive the battle which made it famous. 300 Philistines fell that day.
Next to the Spear of Jashobeam hangs a mighty Sword. David would recount the event which gave it the right to hang in the Armory. It’s the Sword of “Eleazar.
You see there was this field of barley which the Philistines tried to take from us.
Everyone fled from them but Eleazar and I. We stood back to back.
David would go through all the motions of the Battle. Eleazar fought that day until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword. Down the Wall of the Armory in a special place hang the weapons of three mighty men. The Spear of Abishai, the Staff of Benaiah, and an unknown weapon of an Unknown Soldier.
What’s so special about this Group? Then David answered, I was in a hold. The Philistines had a Garrison in Bethlehem and I longed for a drink of water from the well which is by the gate. These men heard me and break through the Host of Philistines and drew water from that well and brought it to me.
3. Past Experiences:
We could take a week or maybe a month and walk with David around this Armory. Hear the stories; relive the battles behind all these Weapons and Bucklers. There was a thousand, all Shields and Bucklers of mighty men. All these were stories of bygone days, battles of yesterday, victories in the history book. All these which I have spoken of are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.
We cannot live off Past Experiences, Past Blessings, or Past Victories. I know they make good Testimonies. We must have a “Now Experience.” The enemy is still with us. The Devil would like for you to hang your weapons and bucklers on the wall as Trophies and live off bygone days.
4. Arm Yourself For Battle:
2 Samuel 23: 6-7. “But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands. But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear:…”
What forces surround you? One cannot be spiritual and surround himself with carnal things. Our services must be filled with worship and praises. Overcoming sin is hung on the wall. Now once saved always saved rules the day. Consecration is hung up. There was a time when sin was a conviction not just an opinion.
Unconcerness, Luke-warmness, and Indifferent about Religion reigns. Much Religion, Little Salvation. We need Salvation produced by a born again experience. The early Church were possessors not Professors. They had power with God. They had Miracles, Healings, Discernment, Tongues, Interpretation, and Anointing.
Do not lay your weapons down. Over here lies the jaw bone of a mule. On the ground lies a slingshot over there in the dump is seven trumpets. The Devil wants you to hang up your testimony. Everybody has heard it.
Emblems of Surrender. Yield to temporal blessings. Be like Demas, Judas, and Esau. There hangs the Breastplate of Righteousness. There hangs the Shield of Faith. Sick not healed. They’ve took off the Helmet of Salvation. Cloke of Religion. Laid aside the Sword of the Spirit. They fight now with Philosophy & Tradition.
2 Corinthians 10:4. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” 5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Paul – “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil and having done all to stand – stand therefore.”
May the day never dawn when we consider ourselves sufficient to battle sin without the name of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost. Reach upon the wall –grab the Buckler and Shield.
Either we conqueror or we serve.
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By, James L. Thornton