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The Second Book of Samuel
(Parallel Chapter - 1 Chronicles, Chapter 11)
Israel Army of Bible King David Lesson
The Mighty Men Bible Story
Always nice to have you back! Last time we met to share Daily Bread
together, we had the pleasure of sharing one of David's Psalms of
As you may have guessed, since we're fast approaching the end of our
study of the Second Book of Samuel, David is getting old. The
author(s) therefore share with us the "last words of David." These
are probably not his dying words, but perhaps some of the last words
he wrote that were inspired by the Holy
Don't forget David wasn't only the king of Israel, but a Prophet of
God. Jesus said so Himself that things were written in the Psalms
about Him, and David wrote most of the Psalms in the Bible.
And He said unto them, These are the words which
I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be
fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the
Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me.
Israel Army of Bible King David Created
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When a person knows that they're nearing the end of their life, they
usually say or write things that are pretty important ... Things they
want others to remember or learn by. In these words of David, he
begins by saying that the Holy Spirit worked through him, and that he
did hear God talk to him. He taught him how to be a good king.
2 Samuel 23:2-4
2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me,
He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the
sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass
springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Then David expresses that he doesn't feel like he, and/or his family
were not as pure as the light of the morning without clouds and as
tender grass after a rain, but that the Lord made an awesome covenant
with him concerning his family and the kingdom and that's what saved
him. That's what gave David inspiration and hope, and it was all he
wanted, and the Lord helped him not to want any more than that ...
2 Samuel 23:5
Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an
everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is
all my salvation, and all my desire, although He make it (David's
desire) not to grow.
Israel Army of Bible King David Truth
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But, David also understood and wanted to tell his loved ones, and us,
that there are evil ones that are impossible for men to deal with,
but God will and they'll be cast out in the end ...
2 Samuel 23:6-7
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns
thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with
iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with
fire in the same place.
Ever thought of writing some stuff down for your loved ones to read
in the future? Why wait until your last days? Certainly there is a
deeper wisdom in our last days, because we finally see things more
spiritually and the worldly things that meant so much during our
lives are put into perspective, but there are plenty of valuable
lessons that are in our hearts for our loved ones even when we're
young that we neglect to write down ... Because we're too busy. What
a shame. Ask God for the time ... Here's a verse from a Psalm to
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and
glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Mighty Israel Army of Bible King David
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Next, the author(s) of this particular part of The Second Book of
Samuel thought it proper to mention David's mighty men. As we know
from our study of David's life, he had tens of thousands, probably
hundreds of thousands of men who fought under him.
Not like rulers of today who call the shots from a capital building
or a palace, he was out on the battlefield with the soldiers for most
of his life. He taught them. He had a select group of men that were
his most mighty men. You might call them David's disciples.
When you read this chapter, you can almost imagine David talking to
Jehoshaphat (he was David's recorder), saying, "Make sure you write
about my fellas." (That's not to say that Jehoshaphat was the author
of any of the books of the Bible that include accounts of David's
life, but Jehoshaphat kept records of the events for David. Sorry,
didn't mean to ruin the mood getting technical, so let's get back in
a more reminiscent state of mind, shall we?)
When you read this chapter, you can almost imagine David talking to
Jehoshaphat, saying, "Make sure you write about my fellas."
Israel Army of Bible King David Counted
The Mighty Men Bible Listed
These are the names of David's mightiest
men. They were classified in three (let's call them) ranks:
The first three, the most heroic, and earning the highest standing
were Adino (who was the chief of these three), Eleazar and Shammah.
Chronicles 11:11, Jashobeam is named as one of David's mighty men
above Eleazar, so Jashobeam and Adino may be one and the same.)
The next three who were of the next highest standing than the rest
were Abishai (who was the chief of these three), Benaiah and ...
Actually only two are named in this group, though it clearly says
that Abishai was chief among three.
Lastly, but still among Bible King David Irrael army ... The mighty
men Bible best were these (yes, your Bible does refer to them as
thirty a few times):
1. Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty
2. Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem
3. Shammah the Harodite
4. Elika the Harodite
5. Helez the Paltite
6. Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite
7. Abiezer the Anethothite
8. Mebunnai the Hushathite
9. Zalmon the Ahohite
10. Maharai the Netophathite
11. Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite
12. Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin
13. Benaiah the Pirathonite
14. Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash
15. Abialbon the Arbathite
16. Azmaveth the Barhumite
17. Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen
19. Shammah the Hararite
20. Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite
21. Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite
22. Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite
23. Hezrai the Carmelite
24. Paarai the Arbite
25. Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah
26. Bani the Gadite
27. Zelek the Ammonite
28. Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah
29. Ira an Ithrite
30. Gareb an Ithrite
31. Uriah the Hittite
Asahel the brother of Joab
Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem
Shammoth the Harorite
Helez the Pelonite
Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite
Abiezer the Antothite
Sibbecai the Hushathite
Ilai the Ahohite
Maharai the Netophathite
Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite
Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin
Benaiah the Pirathonite
Hurai of the brooks of Gaash
Abiel the Arbathite
Azmaveth the Baharumite
Eliahba the Shaalbonite
The sons of Hashem the Gizonite
Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite
Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite
Eliphal the son of Ur
Hepher the Mecherathite
Ahijah the Pelonite
Hezro the Carmelite
Naarai the son of Ezbai
Joel the brother of Nathan
Mibhar the son of Haggeri
Zelek the Ammonite
Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab
Ira the Ithrite
Gareb the Ithrite
Uriah the Hittite
Zabad the son of Ahlai
Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite
Hanan the son of Maachah
Joshaphat the Mithnite
Uzzia the Ashterathite
Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite
Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite
Eliel the Mahavite
Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam
Ithmah the Moabite
Jasiel the Mesobaite
Israel Army of Bible King David Best of Best
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You can open your Bible to this chapter and read some of the
remarkable things these fellas did ... They were pretty amazing. No
wonder David referred to them as his mighty men.
Not only were they mighty, but their relationship with the king was
that of close camaraderie. There's a recollection of one of the times
when David was taking cover at one of his strongholds. The
Philistines had a base in Bethlehem at the time, but they had troops
camped in the valley of Rephaim.
And David's three mightiest men went to David. Remember, David's
hometown was Bethlehem, and while he was hiding he made a remark to
the effect of "Oh, if I could only have a drink from the well of
Bethlehem!" Now, here's loyalty ... This wasn't an order or a
command, it was a musing of David's, of the water he had loved in the
past. Well, these three mighty fellas broke through the army of the
Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem and brought it
back to David.
But David couldn't drink it because those guys risked their lives to
get it for him, so he poured it out as an offering to the Lord.
Israel Army of Bible King David Conclusion
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How many other amazing things happened throughout history that
haven't been written? Well, here's what John said concerning the life
of Jesus ...
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if
they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world
itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Tomorrow is our last chapter of The Second Book of Samuel. But, don't
you believe for one minute that it will be without adventure! You'll
have to come on back soon so we can share more Daily Bread together.
See you again soon!
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