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HAD 'AD EZER

"David smote also Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates" (2 Samuel 8:3)

 

David smote Hadadezer, Ya ever had 'ad ezer (had it easier)? Some had 'ad ezer before they got saved, or had 'ad ezer before they started paying tithes or entered the ministry. No one said it was going to be easy. I 'pologize for sounding like an Ozarks hick in this devotion but it is nonetheless what I feel led to write about. I'm friends with one Missouri family that has seven boys and seven girls, nearly all in the ministry. Living in church parsonages as kids, sleeping quarters were always tight. Mick said he always slept with one of his brothers, all through grade school and high school. He said he didn't know anything about "sleeping alone" until one night about three months after he got married. Yea, Mick had 'ad ezer before he got married!

 

Our text says David smote Hadadezer. We can't go soft on personal flaws. The flesh would rather rest than wrestle, wimp out than war. Apathy, indifference, laziness and lukewarmness, the spirit of had 'ad ezer, all have to be smitten by faith. Hadadezer was "king of Zobah". Ease will take over if permitted. Notice this king was smitten as David "went to recover his border at the river Euphrates". God's original promise to Abraham was that his seed would be granted territory from the Nile to the Euphrates (Genesis 15:18). No other Hebrew king or judge had dared take God up on His word. Neither Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Gideon, Barak, Samson nor Saul ventured north to Euphrates, the river that crisscrosses modern day Iraq. But David did. He said "that is my border and I will have what's mine!" And had 'ad ezer certainly wasn't going to be allowed to stand in his way.

 

If you want to really hear hick-talk go to 1 Chronicles 18:3. There it says David defeated "Hadarezer...as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates". My vernacular is bad, had 'ad ezer, but listen to how they say it in Arkansas, had 'er ezer. (I'm only kidding Arkansans.) The key to this verse is that David went to establish "his dominion" all the way to Euphrates. The verse in 2 Samuel says "his border", then in 1 Chronicles, "his dominion". No one has a right to define your border other than you. The spirit of had 'ad ezer (or had 'er ezer) will rob you of opportunity and ambition, but no one else has right to plant your spiritual land markers. "So the children of Joseph...took their inheritance" (Joshua 16:4). You have to take what is yours. The kingdom is for the violent and "the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12). Joshua told the Israelites to "describe the land" then to "divide" it (Joshua 18:5,6). Describe your border. Get a clear vision in your mind and heart. Survey it and apply for title deed. Habakkuk said to "write the vision and make it plain that he may run that reads it". And if slothfulness, sluggishness, procrastination, complacence or ease, that spirit of had 'ad ezer, gets in the way then smash it with all the artillery in your arsenal. You don't have to settle for less than the best. Make up your mind that you're stretching the kingdom all the way to Euphrates.


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