So Nice I’ll Say It Twice.

Might. Spears. Bloodshed. Massacres. Battles. Defenses. Attacks. Victory. Strongholds. Blood. Exploits. Valiant Fighters. Fame. Honor.

These are the lives and stories of David’s mighty men. Earlier this month we saw David’s mighty men show up in 2 Samuel 23. Now we see their stories again in 1 Chronicles 11. Some are the same, some are a little different. A different angle and some embellishments. These are such impressive men, that we’ll see their stories twice.

“10 These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors—they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised— 11 this is the list of David’s mighty warriors:

Jashobeam,[b] a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers[c]; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.

12 Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty warriors. 13 He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines. 14 But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.

15 Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David to the rock at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 17 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 18 So the Three 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 to the Lord. 19 “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it.

Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.

20 Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three. 21 He was doubly honored above the Three and became their commander, even though he was not included among them.

22 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. 23 And he struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits[d] tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod 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. 24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. 25 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.”  – 1 Chronicles 11:10-25

Boom. That is how it is done! Is anyone else excited by these tales? Did anyone else get goosebumps as they read the line “the Lord brought about a great victory”?!?!

These men trained, exercised, and ate heartily. They did not become mighty warriors without a little sweat and pain. We know that without the Lords hands, their bows would break and their strength would mean nothing. However, without their own training they would have not been prepared to be used by their God.

If we want to be listed as a great warrior, we must do our part. Find comrades to grow with you. Join a Bible study. Read your Bible. Pray. Surround yourself with a cloud of believers. Whatever you need to do to grow closer to God and stronger in your faith, do it. And do it every single day. We must be well practiced and well trained. We must keep our soul strong and our spirit ready.

Might. Spears. Bloodshed. Massacres. Battles. Defenses. Attacks. Victory. Strongholds. Blood. Exploits. Valiant Fighters. Fame. Honor.

 

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About KrisFraser

I believe that this world, like me, is falling to pieces. It is trying to find itself, rearrange itself, and establish itself again, and again and again. This blog is me, standing at the edge of a lake, casting the smooth stones to make them skip, and to create as many ripples as I can. View all posts by KrisFraser

4 responses to “So Nice I’ll Say It Twice.

  • Rebecca

    “We must keep our soul strong and our spirit ready.” Loved this! No matter age or physical ability we are all capable of that! Thanks for sharing. ~Blessings~

    • KrisBroekhuis

      I am glad you liked it. I am working at getting my body fit, and I realized that I have to consistently work out and run. If I skip a weak I lose a lot of momentum and strength. I tend to forget this is the same thing that happens spiritually if I don’t pick up my Bible or have prayerful conversations with God.
      Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting!

    • KrisBroekhuis

      I am glad! I struggled writing this post. I sat down for about three days and could not find the words or guidance needed to write.
      Today I prayed, sat down, and decided that this post must finally be written. God works in mysterious ways! I am glad the Spirit lined up these events for us! The Lord continues to bring about great victories.

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