On Sunday, January 1, 2017, we learned about Benaih choosing to engage in some dangerous environments and coming out the winner. Here is what the Bible records about his most dangerous adventures.
“Benaiah (Ben-eye-uh) was the son of Jehoiada (ja-hoy-a-da), the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel (cab-zel), who had done many deeds. He had killed two ariels, lion-like men, of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, an impressive man, a man of great height, 7 ½ feel tall. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, it was like a weaver’s beam; and he (Benaiah) went down to him with a staff, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. Benaiah did these things and he was not one of the three mighty men, but he was just as famous as they were and he was honored among the thirty and David put him in charge of his bodyguard.” (2 Samuel 23:20-23 and 1 Chronicles 11:22-25)
From these few sentences we learn Benaiah is the son of Jehoiada and that his grandfather was a valiant man as well. He kills two lion-like men of Moab (literally, “he kills two ariels of Moab.” We don’t know for sure what or who these ariels were, but they were considered to be fierce, deadly warriors. 1 Chronicles 12:8 may be a reference to them). He takes down an Egyptian with the man’s own weapon and he kills a lion in a pit on a snowy day. With that type of resume, where Benaiah would “engage” even when the odds were against him, it’s not surprising that he is appointed to be in charge of King David’s personal bodyguard.
Here are three things we can learn from Benaiah that I wasn’t able to share on Sunday:
#1 – Don’t let fear keep you from living your faith in Jesus.
Author Mark Batterson writing about Benaiah says this, “As believers, we should be lion chasers. We should not be satisfied with the status quo. If we are followers of Jesus, that means He’s leading us places. That means He’s stretching us. That means that He’s calling us to do things that we could not do on our own. That means we must break the thresholds of fear, that we must conquer them, and we must grow spiritually and our faith must expand. The only way that our faith expands is by using our faith and seeing God be faithful.”
#2 – Be courageous.
Life is full of opportunities to serve Jesus and to make a difference for good. Don’t let them pass you by. Don’t settle for good. Strive to be great in God’s Kingdom.
#3 – Fathers (parents/grandparents) matter!
A huge factor (if not the primary one) in Benaiah choosing to engage in these faith-producing situations came as a result of the example set by his father and grandfather. Parents (dads, especially) what legacy, what example are you setting and leaving your children? I hope you are setting the example of engaging with your God, your family, your church family and your community.