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David’s Mighty Men

David’s Mighty Men

| On 03, Jul 2018

KEY TEXT
1 Samuel 22:1 (RSV) – David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam and when his brothers and all his father’s house heard of it, they went down there to him.
V2- And every one who was in distress, and every one who was in debt, and every one who was discontented, gathered to him, and he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.

2 Samuel 23:8 (RSV)- These are the names of mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshe’beth a Tach-che’monite; he was chief of the three; he wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time.
V9- And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Aho’hi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew.
V10- He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved to the sword; and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.
V11- And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Har’arite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the men fled from the Philistines.
V12- But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD wrought a great victory.

A leader is nothing without followers.

Proverbs 14:28 says, “In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.”

David was king of Judah in Hebron for seven years. Later, Israel approached David to be king over all Israel. David knew he couldn’t lead this new kingdom alone. He needed faithful men for his success. Whenever God raises up a man to do a work, He always raises up “Mighty Men” to help do that work. Anywhere you find the work of God being done, you will always find this principle to be true.

In the passage of our Key text in 2 Samuel 23, you will notice some “stories”. It was the end of David’s life and reign as King of Israel and it was as if he was reflecting back over his life. He reflected over the great men God had sent his way. David realized that he was nothing without his thirty mighty men and they were nothing without him. He was their leader but a leader is nothing without followers and David had the mighty men to follow him.

This morning, I would like to share a sermon, entitled, ‘DAVID’S MIGHTY MEN’.

The Outline of my sermon:
• The humble beginning of David’s mighty men
• Spiritual Qualities of David’s mighty men
- The three Mightiest Men
- The three of the thirty
- The thirty

(I) THE HUMBLE BEGINNING OF DAVID’S MIGHTY MEN
The 30 Mighty Men of David did not start as mighty men.
V2- And every one who was in distress, and every one who was in debt, and every one who was discontented, gathered to him, and he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.

According to 1 Samuel 22:2, many men who followed David to the cave of Adullum were:
• Distressed
• Indebted
• Discontented

There was a time when David was in disfavor with the establishment, namely King Saul. He was hunted down like a dog by Saul because Saul was jealous of David’s accomplishment and anointing. David had to run to the wilderness and hide in the Cave of Adullum – the lowest point in his life. But he wasn’t alone. Many people joined him in the wilderness and became his army of local supporters.

The Bible records that about 400 men were with him but out of the 400, only 30 accomplished great things on David’s behalf and they were registered as David’s Mighty Men in 2 Samuel 23.

Application: In many ways, King David portrays the coming Son of David, our Lord Jesus Christ. As David was the anointed and rightful king but was unrecognized and rejected by the establishment, so Christ right now is the rightful King over mankind but He is unrecognized and rejected by this world. Those who recognized David as king HAD TO BE WILLING TO JOIN HIM IN THE WILDERNESS AND SHARE IN HIS UNPOPULARITY AND REJECTION [like what I shared last Sun – those called by God have to be broken by God in the place of the dragons – the wild and dangerous place].

In the same way, we who have recognized the Lord Jesus as King have joined Him “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13).

Certainly, we can identify in a spiritual way with those people who came to David in the wilderness – people in distress, people in need and people who were dissatisfied with the established system. Like them, life has not been good to us. Many of us are in distress, in a hopeless life and with a debt we cannot pay. But we thank God for helping us to find and recognize His Son as the Anointed King and thus we can have hope in a hopeless world because Jesus has paid all our debts.

Out of that motley bunch of people the mighty men of David emerged and some of their heroic deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23. Their feat portrays the ACTIVITIES OF BELIEVERS WHO HAVE MADE CHRIST THEIR KING.

God keeps a detailed record of the names and the exploits of David’s fighting men in 2 Samuel 23.

Application: The fact that God keeps a detailed record of the names and exploits of David’s fighting men is significant. It indicates to us that GOD RECORDS OUR PERSONAL SERVICE TOO. If God kept track and applauded David’s valiant soldiers by name, how much more does He keep track and reward the faithful servants of David’s greater Son. Other Christians may not be aware of your behind-the-scenes service for Christ, but God sees and knows you as an individual soldier and will reward every act of faithfulness.


(II) SPIRITUAL QUALITIES OF DAVID’S MIGHTY MEN

David’s Mighty Men are not in the Bible just to incite idle curiosity but to teach us something about the QUALITIES that will make us mighty men and women of God today.

Two entire chapters in the Bible were written in their honor – 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. These verses tell of some of the exploits that the special corps of David’s army carried out. There were 2 elite groups of men: “The Thirty” and “The Three.” To become a member of such a group, a man had to show unparalleled COURAGE in battle as well as WISDOM in leadership.

Illustration: Talking about courage, there is a humorous story about COURAGE called, “No Novocain”.
A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to a dentist. “I want a tooth pulled and I don’t want Novocain because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said.

The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?”

The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

“The Three” was the most elite group. The list of the “Thirty” actually contains 37 names but it mentions some warriors known to be dead (Uriah, for example). Apparently, new members were appointed to replace those who had fallen in battle.

These Mighty Men of David were divided into 3 sets:
• The Three Mightiest (Josheb-basshebeth, Eleazar and Shammah)
• The Three of the Thirty (Abishai, Benaiah and Asahel)
• The Thirty (including Uriah the Hittite).

They all were different than the rest of the armies of Israel. Something made them special.

Let’s examine the lives of these Mighty Men in order to learn from them so that we can be known by our Captain as Mighty.

There are 5 qualities that made these men of David great.

1. THE 3 MIGHTIEST MEN
2 Samuel 23:8 (RSV)- These are the names of mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshe’beth a Tach-che’monite; he was chief of the three; he wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time.

JOSHEB-BASSHEBETH was the chief of the three. His name means “sitting in the council”. It is a name that envisions high position.

FEATS – He overcame great odds by wielding his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one.

CROWNING QUALITY – POWER OF THE SPIRIT.

Josheb-basshebeth was full of the Holy Spirit. How do we know this? For one man to be able to slain 800 men at one time definitely entails supernatural strength. Simply put, Joseb-basshebeth had the strength of 800 men- he was endued with power from on high in order to be able to perform such impossible feat.

Application: We need the power of the Holy Spirit. The works of God cannot be done by natural means. If we want to be mighty, we must have the power from God.

How does it come? It comes from being filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Zechariah 4:6- “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” saith the Lord.

Matthew 10:1- “He gave them power against unclean spirits and Mark 3:15 adds, “and to have power to heal sicknesses.

Acts 1:8- And you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be my witnesses.

If we would be mighty men and women of God, we must be full of the power of the Holy Spirit. That power will transform us from wimps into warriors; from victims into victors and from losers into leaders!

ELEAZAR was the second in rank. His name means “God is my helper.”

V9- And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Aho’hi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew.

V10- He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved to the sword; and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.

FEATS -He stood and fought the enemy even though his fellow soldiers had retreated. Even though he was at the point of exhaustion, he fought until his hand “froze to the sword”. He would not rest until the Lord brought victory – great victory.

CROWNING QUALITY- ENDURANCE FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.

He was committed to go all the way.

Matthew 24:13- But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Application: Spiritual warfare is very draining at times. Even though others may throw in the towel, victory comes to Christians who hang tough and don’t give up. Endurance means taking the long view. It means to be totally devoted even though we may find ourselves to be alone. Like the song says, “Though none goes with me, I still will follow.” Endurance also means we learn to find strength beyond ourselves. Eleazar exhausted all his strength and yet he found strength beyond himself to fight on.

Illustration: A 73-year-old Iowa resident, Mr. Aldin Straight, needed to visit his sick brother, who lived on the other side of the state. There was no one who could drive Mr. Aldin to his brother’s house. He himself didn’t feel capable of driving there; he couldn’t read road signs when he drove faster than 20 mph. So, Mr. Aldin did what he could. He rode his lawnmower 240 miles across the state of Iowa to be with his brother. That is endurance!

Application: God gives us health for His work and we may use it. But after we use it and becomes exhausted, God takes over after we have exhausted everything of our own strength.

Eleazar truly wanted to stop and give up but his sword and his hands were inseparable.

Application: That’s how God wants the WORD OF GOD to be in your life – to get you to the point where you may be weary and worn out but the word of God just keeps working through you and winning the victory in the lives of sinners getting saved and marriages getting back together. And then God steps in and works a great victory. God always does great thing with LITTLE things. In our case here it is the sword of Eleazar, with Moses it was a rod; with the little boy, it was 5 loaves and 2 fishes. God is interested in using what we have and doing great things through them. And then everybody notices and wants in on the spoil. They jump on the bandwagon. Everybody else (claiming to be in the battle, yet always running away from the fight) comes back and reaps the blessings of those who stay at it – those who didn’t quit. Which are you?

SHAMMAH is third in the rank. His name means “desolation”. He probably was born in a bad time, like the Great Depression. He had much difficulty to surmount.

V11- And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Har’arite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils [barley]; and the men fled from the Philistines.

V12- But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD wrought a great victory

FEATS-He defended the POSITION and the PROVISION [ground full of lentils or barley] of the Lord’s people. Why did he defend a field of lentils and barley? Because the land belonged to the Lord and was given to Israel to use for His glory. Shammah didn’t want to lose control of what belonged to the Lord. To defend the land meant to honor God and His covenant. And he did it alone – just like the other two mighty men.

CROWNING QUALITY- DEFENDER OF FAITH

Jude 3: Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to CONTEND FOR THE FAITH which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Application: The Lord is looking for the Shammahs of today who will defend the faith and be willing to go to “battle for the Bible.” In Jude 3, we are exhorted to “contend earnestly for the faith.” You had better be willing to enter into the spiritual warfare by yourself, and not wait on ALL the other Christians because most of them are not going to come.

Shammah stood proud, and valiant and defended the ground belonging to God. Because of the principle at stake, the Lord wrought a victory through someone who saw the challenge and rose to it.

Application: Don’t compromise over little things. The devil knows that if he could take away the seemingly insignificant things (like the little barley patch) that God gave you to protect, he can then back you into the wall over the big things like the blood, the Book and the blessed Hope! The freedom to preach on the street and in the barangays, to witness door to door – that is the little patch of field God has given to all of us. We need to purpose like Shammah, that if the devil wants our little ground, then he is in for a fight. Defend and contend for your faith and for what God has given to you as your inheritance.

ACTS OF WORSHIP BY THE 3 MIGHTIEST MEN
It was already an honor to be classified as David’s Mighty Men but to be conferred the title of the 3 Mightiest Men of David was an honor way beyond the league of the rest. What did these three mightiest do and have that distinguished them further and above the rest of the 30?

2 Samuel 13:13-17- And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came about harvest time to David at the cave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. And David said longingly, “O that some would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it; he poured it out to the LORD, and said, “Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore, he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

A beautiful picture of WORSHIP is brought before us in the actions of the three mighty men of verses 15-17. David longed for a refreshing drink from the well of his hometown, Bethlehem. The mighty three overcame the enemy and brought the water to David at great personal cost and in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They were not commanded to perform this deed. It was not a military duty. They ACTED OUT OF LOVE FOR THEIR KING.

I don’t think these three were chosen by David or renowned throughout Israel simply because of their physical mighty or their prowess with the blade. What is it that makes them so distinguished above the 30? They were further distinguished because they were….

• CLOSE
They were close enough to hear David’s whispered words – “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate.”
The text suggest that David spoke to himself about the water and never issued any orders on the matter, but these three men were close enough to David to hear his whispers and knows his desires.

Application: What an example for us to follow in our relationship to with the Captain of our Salvation! If we want to be mighty men and women in the kingdom of God, then we need to be close enough to our King to know His desires and hear His words. Christians who are the most effective soldiers of Christ are the one who form the closest personal relationship with their Lord.

Questions: How is your personal relationship with the Lord? How is your prayer life, praise life and life of obedience? These are ways you can be close to God.

• COMMITTED

They were committed enough to take David’s wish as their command: “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” (verse 16).

Their service to the king was not just lip service. They did not have to be commanded. They didn’t have to be told. They didn’t even need much encouragement – just the knowledge that their king wanted something. They were so committed and enthusiastic in their service to David that they jumped to their feet and marched off to battle. His wish was their command.

Application: Today, God’s kingdom desperately needs Christians with that sort of commitment and zeal. Some people may have witnessed the behavior of these Mighty Men and called them “fanatics” or “extremists” but that didn’t hamper them one bit. We must be willing to risk being called “religious fanatics”. Sure, the world thinks it strange that our priorities, goals and lifestyle are different – sometimes very different – from theirs. Worldly people “are surprised you do not run with them into the same excesses of debauchery.” And they will even “speak evil of us” (1 Peter 4:4). That should not dampen our enthusiasm. It should just remind us that the Lord was right when He said, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me…..for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt 5:11).

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of ENTHUSIASM. Nothing great was ever accomplished without it.” H.W Arnold said, “The worst bankruptcy in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm.”

Zeal is both commanded and expected of Christ’s followers. The Bible says, “It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing” (Galatians 4:18).

The world might call such a person “fanatic”, we would call him a COMMITTED CHRISTIAN.

• COURAGEOUS
They were courageous enough to obey at any cost. You will notice in verse 14, “the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.” And yet, “the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines.”

Application: If only all of Christ’s followers displayed that level of courage. We tend to equate courage with heroism – firefighting, bungee jumping. We think of courage as something extraordinary, something unusual, something people are called upon to exhibit only in dangerous and life-threatening situations. But courage is not just for extreme situation. In fact, courage is basic to the exercise of every other virtue. It takes courage to be honest all the time. It takes courage to share the gospel. The Bible says, “Be strong and courageous…do not far nor be dismayed, for the Lord, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you…”(1 Chron 28:20). Oswald Sanders is credited for saying, “Courage is that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger or difficulty with firmness…The highest degree of courage is seen in the person who is the most fearful but refuses to give in to it.” When we have God with us, we too can be strong and courageous just like David’s three mighty men.

These 3 are the mightiest men in the army of David because they were….
• Close enough to hear the whispered words of their King
• Committed enough to take his word as their command
• Courageous enough to obey at all cost

The fact that David poured the water out on the ground makes it seem like the mighty three were involved in a wasteful effort. But David considered their act to be so significant that he honored it and “ELEVATED” it by giving the water as a DRINK OFFERING to the Lord. To put it simply, David felt that the water was too good for him – and worthy to be poured out as a sacrifice to the Lord. He believed that that the great sacrifice of these men could only be honored by giving the water to the Lord.

The point of David’s pouring Bethlehem’s precious water on the ground is threefold:
• It highlights a great act of Israelite bravery
• It exalts David’s ability to inspire extraordinary loyalty
• It was recognized as an act of worship

Application: Are you willing to pour yourself out in service to our King? Christ would not ask anything of us that He has not done Himself. Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for us – a drink offering for the sins of the world. He paid the ultimate price and because of His sacrifice, salvation can be offered to us today. If we are willing to draw close to God, live a committed and courageous life for Jesus Christ- then we will become His mighty men and women

2. THE THREE OF THE THIRTY
2 Samuel 23:18- 19- Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and slew them, and won a name most renowned of the thirty and became their commander but he did not attain to the three.

ABISHAI was the brother of Joab. His name means “Father of a gift.”

FEATS- This leader among David’s mighty men was famous for his battle against three hundred men. He volunteered to accompany David to the camp of King Saul and risked his life taking the King’s water bottle and spear (1 Samuel 26:12). He pursued after Abner after the death of Asahel and later aided in his treacherous assassination (2 Samuel 2:24). He opposed the Army of the Ammonites before the gates of Rabbah and drove them headlong into the city (2 Samuel 10:10,14). When King David had to flee Jerusalem from Absalom, Abishai remained faithful. He later pursued Sheba in his revolt and stopped him. When David’s life as imperiled by Ishbi-benob the giant, Abishai came to his help and slew the giant (2 Samuel 21:15-17). He fought in Israel’s battle against the Edomites in the Valley of Salt (2 Samuel 8:13).

CROWNING QUALITY: RISK TAKER

Application: Faith attempts great things. The old statement is, “No guts, no glory!” We must be willing to dare some things we have never tried if we want to accomplish something remarkable. Every scientific advance took place because of heroic attempts in the face of skepticism. Every business is successful due to the guts of the risk taker.

Illustration: The Genessee River runs through Rochester, New York, between the steep and crooked banks. A man, who lived in Rochester, had just arrived by train from a long business trip. He was anxious to get home to see his wife and children. He was hurrying along the streets with a bright vision of home on his mind, when he noticed on the bank of the river a lot of anxious people. “What’s going on?” he shouted. Someone replied, “A boy is in the water, and apparently can’t swim!” No one reacted and, in an instant, he threw down his briefcase, pulled off his coat and dove into the water. He grasped the boy in his arms, struggled with him to the shore and as he wiped the water from his dripping face and brushed back the hair of the boy, he exclaimed, “My God! It’s my son!” He had plunged in for the sake of saving another man’s boy and had saved his own. Thank God for Risk-Takers!!!

BENAIAH was the son of Jehoiada, Chief Priest. His name means “built by Jehovah.
2 Samuel 23:20- And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds; he smote two ariels of Moab. He also went down and slew a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.

V21- And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but Benaiah went down to him with a staff, and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
V22- These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won the name beside the three mighty men.
V23- He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.

FEATS – He was the bodyguard of David. Later, he went on to become the commander-in-chief of all Israeli forces under King Solomon (1 Kings 4:4). Three of Benaiah’s heroic achievement are mentioned in verses 20-23. These three feats are portrayal of the believer’s struggle against the devil, the flesh and the world.

Against the devil
Benaiah “went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day”. Notice this was offensive – the kind we are to wage against the attacks of Satan. In 1 Peter 5:8, Satan is pictured as a LION: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Benaiah was not caught off guard, but took the offensive and went down into the pit. He killed the lion in the middle of the pit – not while he was backed into a corner!

Application: Are we courageous like Benaiah or are we running scared? Remember there is no armor for the back of the Christian soldier in Ephesians 6:13-17. We are commanded to “resist the devil” and we are promised that he will “flee from us” (James 4:7).

Against the flesh
Benaiah also showed his might by overcoming “two ariels of Moab.”

Ariels of Moab mean champion of Moab (NLT); lion-like men of Moab (KJV); famous warriors of Moab (amp).

The Moabites were physically related to Israel and yet they were enemies. As closely related, yet an enemy of Israel, they seem to portray “the flesh” in terms of our spiritual warfare. By “flesh” we mean the sinful fallen human nature that we all possess. While “the flesh” is closely related to every one of us, it is our deadly enemy and must be overcome if we are to become mighty believers. To be even more specific, we could look at the Moabites as representatives of the flesh when it is not under control.

Do you remember the origin of the Moabites? This nation came from an incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters – the flesh not under control. Remember also the immensely fat king of Moab, King Eglon, sitting on his throne in his summer palace in Jericho (Judges 3). What a striking picture of the flesh not under control! Jericho, that former stronghold of the enemy had been conquered by Israel under Joshua but it had come under enemy control once again – because the Moabites were not held in check.

Application: Benaiah showed no mercy to the Moabites. So must we. We must show no mercy in overcoming “the flesh”. It must be held in check at all costs. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).

Against the world
Finally, Benaiah showed his might by killing a handsome Egyptian. Egypt was an enemy of Israel.

Application: In our picture of spiritual warfare Egypt represents the world. As God redeemed His people out of Egypt, so God has redeemed us out of this world. After the exodus, one of Israel’s major problems was that they were still attracted to Egypt. They craved many of the things that they remembered from living in Egypt and sometimes they even wanted to go back to Egypt. We cannot deny that the world sometimes attracts us, just as thoughts of Egypt attracted the children of Israel in the wilderness. And we must admit that the world at times looks as impressive or “handsome” to us as the Egyptian looked to Benaiah. But we must always keep in mind that the world’s value system is opposed to biblical values and we cannot allow the thought processes and lifestyles of the world to infiltrate our thinking and actions as Christians.

CROWNING QUALITY -LOYALTY TO GOD

Our loyalty to God will cause us to hate this world; our fallen nature and the devil. Loyalty to God is a supreme quality and also the greatest commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” You can’t serve sin and Satan. You can’t serve the world and God. Choose whom you will serve. We can’t play with the devil and God.

It is interesting to note that Benaiah used the Egyptian’s own spear to defeat him.

Application: This may also be part of the spiritual picture. Christians should take every opportunity to use the material things of this world to fight against the world system. For example, the technology and expertise of movies and TV and computers, which have been developed primarily to serve the worldly value system should be grabbed by Christians and used for the glory of God in overcoming the world and promoting the kingdom of Christ. Benaiah did not hesitate to exchange his outdated and old-fashioned staff for a more technologically advanced and far more effective spear.

ASAHEL – He was great but he got into the list because someone “fell out.” He was actually a SUBSTITUTION for Joab his eldest brother.

2 Samuel 23:24- Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty……

Joab had his own agenda. He couldn’t submit to David most of the time. Though he proved to be the greatest leader of the three and was commander of David’s army, he murdered Abner, Amasa and Absalom, took part in Uriah’s murder and plotted Adonijah against Solomon. That plot led to his execution. Joab set his own standards – he lived by them and died because of them. Joab’s life illustrates the disastrous results of having no source of direction outside oneself. Brilliance and power are self-destructive without submission and without God’s guidance.

Application: Are you going to join the ranks or “fall out” like Joab because you have your own agenda? Examine your heart, and purpose of life. Desire to be a leader in God’s army and learn what it takes to be a part of the few, the proud and Bible practicing Christian.

4.THE THIRTY
More mighty men are recorded in verses 24-39. Not much is said about them but their names are given:

1. Elhanan
2. Shammah of Harod
3. Eilka of Harod
4. Helez the Paltite
5. Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa
6. Abiezer of Anthoth
7. Mebunnai the Hushathite
8. Zalmon the Ahohite
9. Maharia of Netophah
10. Heleb, the son of Baanah of Netophah
11. Ittai, the son of Ribai
12. Benaiah of Pirathon
13. Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash
14. Abi-albon the Arbathite
15. Azmaveth of Bahurim
16. Eliahba the Shaalbonite
17. The sons of Jashen
18. Jonathan
19. Shammah the Hararite
20. Ahiam, the son of Sharar the Hararite
21. Elipelet, the son of Ahasbai
22. Eliam, the son of Ahithophel
23. Nezro of Carmel
24. Paarai the Arbite
25. Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah
26. Bani the Gadite
27. Zelek the Ammonite
28. Naharia of Beeroth
29. Ira the Ithrite
30. Gareb the Ithrite
31. Uriah the Hittite

Application: Is your name recorded on God’s list of mighty Christians?

All of these Mighty Men of David had one thing in common – THEY LOVED THE KING. They loved him more than their own lives. They were willing to risk and to sacrifice. These mighty men showed us the 5 qualities that made them great:

• Power of the Spirit
• Endurance
• Defender of the Faith
• Risk Takers
• Loyalty to God

Warning – Do not be like Joab- A great mighty warrior of David but wasn’t loyal to David till the end. His loyalty lasted till the 11th hour. God always has a substitution to take your place.

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