This is going to seem like a very strange post, but I was struck today when I was reading I Chronicles about King David’s inner circle of 30 warriors. They described them as being able to shoot arrows and sling stones with both their right and left hands. I said to my husband who I was reading to after breakfast, “Well, what do you know, ambidextrous warriors, how do you suppose King David got 30 men who had that ability?’
My mind is saying, “So? What does that mean?” but I have learned after 41 years of marriage that I had better not pooh-pooh such a comment. It is a good thing I didn’t for the very next phrase in I Chronicles 12:2 read, “they were kinsmen of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.” Why did my husband say that? I went online and found this from http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/tribe-of-benjamin.html
These men were ambidextrous warriors, capable of fighting and killing with both hands. This is a most difficult task, reserved only for the most athletic of individuals. It would seem likely, though Scripture sheds no light on such, the men of Benjamin were trained in ambidextrous warfare, as well as in assassination.
Well, the Old Testament tells us that these warriors had this ability so it gives me pause. To be able to become accomplished from a position of strength is one thing, but to learn to accomplish that same feat from your weakest position is exemplary. It takes a determination and perseverance that is gargantuan. Apparently, these warriors had that kind of drive.
My dad owned a billiard parlor when I was growing up. As a sophomore in high school, I spent many hours playing pool as I worked with customers that came in to play pool. Being ambidextrous would have been a huge asset. Shooting from a position where my right hand had the advantage was considerably easier than shooting left-handed. I can only imagine how similar it would be for an archer or someone using a slingshot!
The Benjamites were the muscle of the southern kingdom. Jacob’s blessing over them was
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil.” Genesis 49:27
They were blessed, but it did not come to them from heaven on a silver platter. They trained for it, and I must train for, work for, put myself out for what I am called to do–and prepare so well that if called upon, I could do it with my left hand!
Something to think about with you,