DAVID’S MIGHTY MEN
The Monday before Christmas, my family, and Worship Pastor Ryan’s family planned a Christmas celebration. We went out to eat and exchanged Christmas gifts and then we went to see the movie Star Wars: Rogue One. In the movie there is a character who is blind, but a powerful warrior because he trusts in the Force (in the Star Wars movies ‘The Force’ is a nebulous supernatural power) and his belief in it gives him the ability to do what normally would not be possible. One reason the Star Wars franchise is so popular is because it’s really telling the good vs. evil story of the Bible. There is an evil empire wishing to enslave people and a good empire wishing to free people and that’s the story of the Bible. The devil and the spiritual and physical forces of evil wish to enslave people to the fear and defeat of sin and death battling against God and the spiritual and physical forces of good which desire to free people from the fear and defeat of sin and death.
David’s mighty men consisted of an elite group of warriors known as the “3” who were the leaders of another group of elite fighters known as the “30.” Just like the blind warrior in the Star Wars movie, David’s mighty men were able to do things outside of the normal boundaries of physical limitations, with two very important differences. First, they are not some made up character in a movie. They were real, flesh and blood men. Second, their power didn’t come from a made up “force.” Their power came from the Living God. Here is part of what the Bible records about them.
“These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three – the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the LORD gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder! Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.”
2 Samuel 23:8-12 (NLT)
In each of these instances you see men willing to engage. They didn’t leave it up to someone else. They didn’t think it wasn’t their responsibility. They were leaving a legacy to their sons and daughters. A legacy of faith and engagement and perhaps above all else they were a reflection of the greatness and glory of their God. These men did great things because they served a great God!
Parents (dads, especially), grandparents, and all who follow Jesus as your Lord, are you a reflection of the greatness and glory of your God? I hope you are choosing to engage with your God, your family, your church family and your community because you serve a great God!