Get Up the Water Shaft

Reblogged from A Lamplighter Moment by Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Publishing

Get Up the Water Shaft

Recently, my office staff participated in an experiment as we talked over a biblical passage. Picture this. We took two chairs and put them side by side. Then, we made sure the space underneath the chairs measured the approximate size of the water shaft that tunnels into Jerusalem.

We then read the following text from 2nd Samuel 5:

“And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who said to David, ‘You will not come in here…’ And David said on that day, ‘Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft…'”

David was king of a nation but there was one problem. The mocking Jebusites governed the walled fortress of Jerusalem–the heart of the nation. And they weren’t leaving just because David had become king. In fact, when they saw David arrive they mocked him, saying that even the blind and the lame could defend their city.

David realized that it would be foolish to attack, but he had a plan–the water shaft! The water shaft was a small tunnel that brought water into the city. It would have been dark, wet, and cold but if someone was committed, he could crawl through and take the inhabitants by surprise. That is exactly what David and his men did–and exactly what we did in the office. We saw a demonstration of incredible determination.

As king, David was determined to regain the heart of the nation. No longer would it be controlled by the enemy. We are confronted with this same quest today. The enemy has taken up residence in so many homes, and he often mocks us in our complacency. It is time to remove the mocking enemy. Sometimes it takes the same sort of excruciating effort that David and his men expended. Other times, you don’t even have to crawl through a water shaft to do it. Perhaps today we only need to unplug the television and throw it away!

To see us performing this experiment, click here!

One thought on “Get Up the Water Shaft

  1. I agree with you. We unplugged our TV in 1974 and haven’t missed it. But you need to have a Plan B in place. Otherwise your kids will find many excuses to go to the neighbor’s and will be watching their favorite programs there.

    A person needs to commit to spending evenings as family time and preferably have like-minded people in your sphere who will support your decision. (Most of our friends have no TV, either.) If you have no children, that simplifies things a lot.


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