David’s Mighty Men–2 Samuel 23 part 2

Truly, one of my favorite passages of scripture is the 2nd half of 2 Samuel 23.  I love the stories of David’s mighty men.  These are the band of brothers for David.  They taught him and Israel the value of loyalty and bravery among the troops.  That is why these men are in David’s hall of fame. I have highlighted a couple, but the best part is that they are the epilogue.  The legacy of loyalty and devotion of these men are the last thoughts about David after his death.  They are his obituary. 

In our lives, those friends and family that we leave behind are our legacy as well.  Each of us have “Mighty Men” in our lives.  The stuff we leave behind, the jobs we leave behind and even the accolades we leave behind will count for very little.  What will count is the impact we have had on others and they have had on us.  There have been so many mighty men in my life.  I can relate to David.  I am in no way a King, but thanks to all of you that have been those valiant warriors in my life.  If I was to pick one I would like to emulate—Benaiah the one that killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day…that rocks. It is also important to see, that Uriah the Hittite was in David’s hall of fame. What a testimony of repentance—recognizing the man you killed to steal his wife is in fact, one of your mighty men…Father help me to recognize the mighty men in my life, and help me to be one of someone else’s mighty men.

 God Bless You

During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord. 17 “Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it…20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. 23 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard…39 and Uriah the Hittite.

I samuel 8 part 2–Beware for What You Wish…

When you place your desires over common sense, nothing good can ever come from it.  The Israelites were slaves for 400 years.  Then God freed them.  He gave them the best lands in the Middle East, but they were afraid to claim it. He led them as nomads for 40 years, providing the very food they ate, the daily direction and schedule and the understanding of who he was and who they were as his chosen people.  He led the into the promised land and helped them take it as their own. He continued to bless them as they humbly followed him.  Then, they decided they needed a king just like everyone else.  He then patiently told them the cost of serving a king rather than serving him, they simply did not care.

In our lives, we are often faced with similar choices.  When, in those choices, we ignore God and do what we want, the repercussions can be devastating. We lose our freedom, our blessing and our protection from the Lord.  We, like everyone else, become mired in the trappings of life and the lies of the world.  We willingly give away the gifts God has given us. Once we choose in earnest to follow anyone other than God our lives will crumble.  Again—If we trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not on our own understanding, acknowledge him in all our ways, then he will make our paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 Help me, Lord to follow you and you only.

God Bless You

 

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”