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Guard Our Right Eyes

Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and
encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and
all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash,
"Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you."

And Nahash the Ammonite answered them,
"On this condition I will make a covenant with you,
that I may put out all your right eyes, and
bring reproach on all Israel."

Then the elders of Jabesh said to him,
"Hold off for seven days,
that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel.
And then, if there is no one to save us,
we will come out to you." 1 Samuel 11:1-3

Nahash means serpent, which typifies the devil. In this historical event, the men of Jabesh were in great fear of Nahash, and they wanted to make a treaty with him. They were willing even to become his slaves so that they could co-exist peacefully with him.

Jabesh means dry. The sin of unbelief had caused the people of God to become discouraged and despondent. When all their hopes were gone, they became desolate to their bones. And they gave up fighting.

But there could not be any peace treaty with the devil. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He is not satisfied until the people of God are totally humiliated, totally disgraced and totally devastated!

In this Biblical account, Nahash wanted to bring a reproach to Israel by gouging the right eye of every Israelite. This same tactic was used on Samson when they scooped out both of his eyes, bound him in chains, and made him a public mockery before all the people (Judges 16:21-25).

Satan wants to employ the same method to each and every one of us today! He seeks to totally debauch God’s people so that we could neither obey the Great Commandment nor fulfill the Great Commission.

What is the significance of the right eye? In the ancient times, a soldier would take up his shield on his left hand and his sword on the right. His right eye was used to gauge his enemy’s position so that he would know where or whom to strike. Without the right eye, the soldier was crippled in his warfare against the enemy. He might kill his own people instead of his enemies.

This is also true for us today in the spiritual realm. If we allow the devil to gouge out our right eyes, we will not be able to defend ourselves against his schemes or to wage any spiritual attacks. We may end up fighting against ourselves. Internal quarrelling and warfare within the Church! Speaking against one another instead of loving one another!

The men of Jabesh Gilead almost yielded themselves to their enemy’s discouraging threats instead of encouraging themselves in the Lord. They needed to put their trust back in the Lord. Without faith, they could fail miserably!

Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Losing our right eyes means blinding us so that we are not able to see clearly. Our vision becomes one-sided. We see what we see and not what God sees! Without our right eyes, we become less right in our discretion and alertness. We also become complacent and indifferent to the things of God. We lose our faith in Him, and we become weary of any spiritual warfare.

Like it or not, the devil is all out to destroy us whether we are fighting him or not. That’s why the apostle Paul gave us this exhortation in Ephesians 6:10-18:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and
in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and
having shod your feet
with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith
with which you will be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end
with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints..."

This is the Church’s and Israel’s finest hour! Arise and shine for our light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon us. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over us, and His glory will be seen upon us (Isaiah 60:1-2).

Let’s guard our right eyes so that we will have the correct vision! Let's see through Jesus' eyes with His kingdom's perspective and priority. Let’s fight the good fight of faith in Christ. Let’s get rid of all the discouragements by encouraging ourselves again in the Lord!

I read at the end of the Book: We win!