Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.24-39

2 Samuel 23.24-39
Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29 Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin, 30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 39 Uriah the Hittite; thirty-seven in all.

I remember going to Washington DC my Sophomore year in college.  I remember seeing the different memorials and names listed in honor of those who served our country.  In today’s text we have a list remembering a special group.  There are more than thirty soldiers listed here that were part of a group called, “The Thirty”.  There may be more than thirty because when one died another took someone’s place.  This group was “a kind of supreme army council which was largely responsible for framing the internal army regulations, deciding on promotions and appointments, and handling other military matters” (Yadin).  Each had a different background, but all were successful in serving God’s anointed, David. 

Just as God enabled these men to do great works of significance, so does He do for those who follow His anointed, Jesus.  Those who faithfully and wholeheartedly follow Jesus are used by God to do great works for the kingdom of God.  We like these men all come from different backgrounds, but in the kingdom of God we are used as one body going after the same goal to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Weekly Memory Verse: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3