David’s Mighty Men
David had thirty mighty men
- He had three that were the elite
- He had another person overseeing the three
- After these four David had 33 more.
- The last one listed is Uriah the Hittite (Bathsheba’s husband)
The types of people following David are…
- In distress or being persecuted by Saul
- From lower education lesser known areas
- Not from the rich and well respected.
- Rough around the edges.
- 2 Samuel 23:8 Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
- He killed 800 men in one encounter with his spear
- Well trained
- 2 Samuel 23:9-10 Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.
- Of the tribe of Benjamin
- Smallest allotment of land given to that tribe
- His hand grew tired and froze to the sword.
- 2 Samuel 23:11-12 Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentles, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
- From the southern regions of Israel
- Protected a field of lentils
2 Samuel 23:13-17
13 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief men 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 men 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, O 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.
Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.
- David longed out loud
- The three men were not given orders to go.
- They went and got it out of devotion for their king.
- What does it take for us to have a similar attitude?
We need to be in close proximity to the king!