Mark 2: 25-26 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”
Jesus responds to an accusation of the Pharisees by a referring to Scripture. “Haven’t you READ your Bibles?” Jesus is speaking about David here, the man after God’s own heart. The Pharisees may have been remembering 1 Kings 15:5, which states, “because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
So, what had David done? He had gone into the house of God, when desperately hungry, and eaten “the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests.” Jesus is showing them that sometimes, requirements of God’s laws might be relaxed in case of need. Jesus refers the Pharisees to this text. What could they say?! The “sword of the Spirit” was a powerful weapon.
To use this “sword”, you need to KNOW what the Bible says! We can learn from Jesus’ example. The first question we should ask is “what does the Bible say?” or “where in the Bible does it say THAT?” If we KNOW what the Bible says, it can be a powerful tool in many situations, but especially in defending our faith. In this world, we can expect to have our opinions challenged or even attacked. We need to be ready to give and answer.
How do we prepare? We need to know our Bibles well, and know how to look up passages using the concordance. We need to read the Bible daily, prayerfully and humbly and ask God to apply it in our lives. The Holy Spirit helps us to remember the things we have read. The “sword” does no good sitting on a shelf gathering dust. We need to “train” with the “Sword” to be ready for the battle.
When I was growing up, we had “sword drills” at church. Anyone else out there have that experience?