Mighty Men of Valor

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

2 Samuel 23:8a (NIV)
These are the names of David’s mighty warriors…

2 Samuel 23:8a (MSG)
This is the listing of David’s top men.
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“These are the names of the mighty men (warriors) whom David had…” -AMPLIFIED

David was a skilled soldier and leader, but he wasn’t alone. He had a band of very loyal, very powerful heroes who stood by him. David’s entourage of mighty men was a magnificent, special elite force of fearless, fighting warriors. These men supported David both militarily and politically. There were thirty-seven of these guys; fearless, dedicated, and loyal to the end.

First there was Josheb-basshebeth the Tahchemonite. He was the chief of the most powerful of David’s Three most-honored warriors. Josheb-basshebeth took up and used his spear to killed 800 men in one battle.

Next we have Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. He was one of The Three topmost of David’s mighty men, under Josheb-basshebeth. “Eleazar stood with David when they defied the Philistines who had gathered there to fight. The Israelites retreated, but Eleazar stood his ground. He killed Philistine soldiers that day until his arm grew tired, but he never dropped his sword. The Eternal One gave them a decisive victory that day; and then the people came back, only to pillage the fallen.” -2 Samuel 23:9-10 (VOICE)

The last of The Three topmost mighty men was Shammah, son of Agee of Harar. “The Philistines gathered at Lehi where there was a field full of lentils, and the Israelites fled from them. But Shammah stood in the center of the field and fought, killing many Philistines; and the Eternal gave His people a great victory.” -2 Samuel 23:11-12 (VOICE)

These three guys were known to go over and above the call of duty. At one point David was longing for a cup of water from the well of Bethlehem. These guys went on a suicide mission to retrieve that for a cup for David. David felt so guilty he refused to drink that cup of water, but he instead poured it out as an offering unto the Lord.

Under these guys were another group; a group of thirty mighty men. Abishai, was the most honored of the 30 and was actually their commander. He was not one of The Three though. Then there was Benaiah, who because of his great valor became  the captain of David’s personal guard. He also was famous among the 30, but never became one of The Three.

The list of mighty men goes on:
“The Thirty” consisted of:
Asahel brother of Joab;
Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem;
Shammah the Harodite;
Elika the Harodite;
Helez the Paltite;
Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite;
Abiezer the Anathothite;
Sibbecai the Hushathite;
Zalmon the Ahohite;
Maharai the Netophathite;
Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite;
Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjaminites;
Benaiah the Pirathonite;
Hiddai from the badlands of Gaash;
Abi-Albon the Arbathite;
Azmaveth the Barhumite;
Eliahba the Shaalbonite;
Jashen the Gizonite;
Jonathan son of Shammah the Hararite;
Ahiam son of Sharar the Urite;
Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maacathite;
Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite;
Hezro the Carmelite;
Paarai the Arbite;
Igal son of Nathan, commander of the army of Hagrites;
Zelek the Ammonite;
Naharai the Beerothite, weapon bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah;
Ira the Ithrite;
Gareb the Ithrite;
Uriah the Hittite. Thirty-seven, all told.” -2 Samuel 23:24-39 (MSG)

“They’ll be a workforce to be proud of, working as one, their heads held high, striding through swamps and mud, Courageous and vigorous because God is with them, undeterred by the world’s thugs.” – Zechariah 10:5 (MSG)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate, and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace. Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one. Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” -Ephesians 6:10-17 (VOICE)

We need men and women who are willing to be sold out wholly and completely to God in this day as well. A few good men and women of valor could turn this world upside down for the glory of God. Mind you, God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. Will you be one of His men or women of mighty valor?

“Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” -2 Timothy 2:20 (NIV)

My Prayer:
Lord, here am I; a willing vessel to be used by you. I want to be one of those mighty people that do great things for you. Help me to prepare myself by daily putting on that armor that you have provided for me to fight against the Enemy of my soul. Help me also to be strong, courageous, and obedient to carry through with the things that you have called me to do for you.

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