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.