The Lord of Hosts is raising up the faithful.
David’s Mighty Men - captains (officer)
David’s Mighty Men - captains (officer)
a person holding a position of command or authority in the armed services, in the merchant marine, or on a passenger ship.
One weighs ounces the other weights tons. When opportunity roars, how do I do more than survive ...and thrive....more than endure…enjoy the life God has given me. Let’s learn from some of David’s mightiest soldiers and the King who raised the wisest son in the world and led God’s chosen nation.
an officer is a person in a position of authority in a business, the police, the military or other group.
an ecclesiastical envoy, deputy, or ambassador
We will be entrusted with authority (right to exercise power) because we are under authority.
CapA person under authority can be trusted with authority.
All of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son has made a covenant with the son of Jesse; and there is not one of you who is sorry for me or reveals to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day.” Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said, “I saw the son of Jesse going to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. And he inquired of the Lord for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” So the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests who were in Nob. And they all came to the king. And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub!” He answered, “Here I am, my lord.” Then Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day?”
How powerful were David’s MIghty Men?
“Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew; And He was seen upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.
These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew 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 that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 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. And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.
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. Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
Adino - 800 men in one encounter
2 Samuel 23:
Eleazar - fought until the sword froze in his hand - whom God aids
Shammah - to lay waste; to astonish
How did the Mighty Men start out?
THESE MEN WERE ALL MEN UNDER AUTHORITY
David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men. And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me. And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold. And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
David was put in a position to lead.
Necessity trained him for future responsibility.
He learned what was going on with the people.
David’s Ministry To His Mighty Men
1. DISTRESSED - HOW TO DESTRESS? - REMOVE/REPRIORTIZE
Eustress and distress
(NKJV) 21 There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel--that will stand.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE LORD’S WILL?
Keep your minds on Jesus.
His word is given to us.
In a multitude of counsel there is much wisdom.
If God can speak to me, He can speak to others - be careful when there isn’t agreement.
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE KNOW THE LORD’S WILL?
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
HOW CAN WE BE GOOD STEWARDS/INVESTORS?
MAKE GOD FIRST IN YOUR FINANCES ()
Put the large stones in first
BE FAITHFUL WITH WHAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU ()
Live within His means (average American is 5000 over budget)
LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS
Give as an act of worship - The Lord raised the bar not lowered in in N. T. /OUR LIVES
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
How can we stay content (means we have enough/satisfied)?
FIND SOMETHING TO PRAISE HIM FOR
Are You Determined