Mighty Men

“These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief among the captains. He was called Adino the Eznite, because he had killed eight hundred men at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.”

II Samuel 23:8-12 NKJV

          Are super heroes for real? This portion of 2nd Samuel reads almost more like a comic book than scripture. What made those men capable of such super human feats? 

          The term mighty man in scripture referred to men experienced in war, but to be one of David's mighty men clearly required something more. It required faith. Faith that they were fighting the Lord's battles and faith that their God went before them. 

          We no longer wage physical wars to accomplish God's purposes. But the necessity of faith remains. The availability of supernatural strength and the promise that our Lord goes before us also remains. As we discern God's will for our present circumstances may we be as fearless and dedicated to engage our mission as David's mighty men were in engaging theirs.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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