Wednesday, June 25, 2008

David's Mighty Men II Samuel 23

II Samuel 23:15-16 "And David longed and said Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof but poured it out unto the LORD."

This chapter contains some of the last words of David and a recap of why the mighty men were mighty. The story can also be found in I Chronicles 11:10-47. I think David is giving credit to his men who fought for and with him down through the years. These were those who came to him when he was at his lowest and hiding in a cave.

v11-13 "And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory."

These verses are but one example where one man stood his ground and fought while others fled. David also remembers to give God the glory for the victories.

I suggest reading the entire chapter. It gives insight into what it was like for some magnificent warriors of David's time. David must have been a fierce fighter to rise above such men.

Psalm 112: 7 "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD."

Keywords: Old Old Story, Old Testament, Bible Study, David, Philistines, mighty men, Milton Southerland

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