NOT FIT FOR BATTLE-1
1Samuel 11:2 “And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.”
Nahash asked them to gouge out their right eyes for another reason, which is to make the men of Israel unfit for battle. He wanted them to become powerless when they get to the war front.
As a matter of fact, ancient history has it that Nahash had actually been doing this for men in other nations and tribes. His main aim is to make men who should normally enroll in the army useless in battle. How do I mean?
In their days the principal weapon for warfare are shield and sword. The shield for defense and the sword for offence. Right handed soldiers holds the shield with their left hand, covering their body and their left eye in the process. While the see with the right eye when they engage the enemy in a sword fight or close combat.
Thus, a soldier with just the left eye becomes useless in battle. He cannot defend himself and fight at the same time. Nahash sure knows what he is doing when he asked them to gouge out their right eyes.
Remember, the name Nahash means “serpent”, in other words the devil himself. Bringing it down to our modern day, the devil is also after the right eye of the believer in order to make him useless in battle.
When the enemy want to attack a believer by removing his right eye, he goes after the things that matters in our fellowship with God. The right eye of a believer includes; his prayer life, fasting, praise and worship, attendance of fellowship, studying of the word and daily devotions amongst others.
Once “Nahash” succeeds in crippling these areas of a believer, he has made him useless in spiritual warfare.
A believer that has stopped praying, fasting and observing other spiritual ordinances has lost his right eye to the enemy and weakened spiritually. He does this so that when he brings battles, the man will not be able to respond appropriately.
To be continued…
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