Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.8-23
2 Samuel 23.8-23
These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time; 9 and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and the men of Israel had withdrawn. 10 He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword, and the Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to strip the slain. 11 Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory. 13 Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim. 14 David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15 David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” 16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord; 17 and he said, “Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did. 18 Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he swung his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name as well as the three. 19 He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the three. Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. 21 He killed an Egyptian, an impressive man. Now the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and had a name as well as the three mighty men. 23 He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David appointed him over his guard.
God by His Sovereign grace blesses people with supernatural blessings to do extraordinary things. This may be peace that surpasses understanding when going through a tough time to the supernatural feats that we see in today’s text as God’s blessing is on David and Israel militarily by enabling his warriors to accomplish supernatural feats.
There are three warriors mentioned here that receive higher honor. Josheb-basshebeth was an example of a spiritual warrior with exceptional strength (Ephesians 6.10). Eleazar demonstrated unusual stamina and persistence (Isaiah 40:31). Shammah’s greatness lay in his supernatural steadfastness (Ephesians 6:14). Then there were three unnamed men who took David water. This was a sign of remarkable sacrifice, dedication and loyalty. Then two others are mentioned, Abishai and Benaiah, which Benaiah seems to be the head of David’s bodyguard. These men did great things by God’s grace.
David’s mighty men are just a glimpse of how God blesses His people to be used by Him to do great works that reveals His glory. Being Jesus’ disciple is a great spiritual blessing that is granted to us by God’s grace. God gives us other unique roles and positions as well to make much of our great God through. Be encouraged by these today and remember God’s blessings He has granted to you by His grace (Ephesians 1.3-14).
Weekly Memory Verse: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3