PB preached a sermon on Sunday about King David’s Mighty Men in 2 Samuel 23. It was a mighty good message. I know it was good because it’s Tuesday and I’m still thinking about it.
PB told the story of a rag-tag bunch of guys, about 400 “losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts” (1 Sam. 22:2) who sided with David, making them all enemies of King Saul. Among those 400, there was “The Thirty” with a capital “T”. In that elite group of 30, three earned the title “Mighty Men”.
The Mighty Men were fierce warriors who took on whole armies single-handedly. They were also the kind of guys that would break through enemy lines just to fetch their beloved leader a cold drink of water. These good-hearted men took a stand and risked their lives to serve their king. They had David’s back — and his trust.
Two questions come to mind:
First, how many people have three mighty warriors in their lives who can be counted on to come alongside and fight for them?
Second, who needs me to be one of their mighty comrades, daring to break through enemy lines to bring refreshment?
“Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.” (2 Samuel 23:17)
Exploit: a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act.
It’s time for us to have some exploits.
Jesus didn’t christen his disciples as mighty men but the result of receiving the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts definitely made them mighty men. We have been empowered to be more than conquerors but for myself I am wimpy often.
Jesus didn’t christen his disciples as mighty men but the result of receiving the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts definitely made them mighty men. We have been empowered to be more than conquerors but for myself I am wimpy often. Steve Collins
Powerful thoughts — to be a mighty comrade, and to find mighty warriors in my life! And today, exploits and bold deeds are few and far between. The Greatest Generation saw many bold deeds and mighty men (and women). I fear that we are becoming or have already become a nation of wimps, with our empty hands held out. In my mind, sometimes I think I can be mighty, but in reality, I’m not so sure…….I know for sure that I can’t be mighty on my own!