Mighty Men

“Benaiah, son of Jehooiada, was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion” (2 Samuel 23:20).

Now, why did he do that? Was he in a bad mood? It’s interesting that the Bible doesn’t give an explanation; he just did it.

The Bible has many accounts of men who take on challenges. Abraham left his home and spent the next hundred years of his life exploring a land that God promised to give to his descendants. Moses took on the Pharaoh of Egypt and won the freedom of God’s people. Joshua defeated 31 kings to give his countrymen possession of the Promised Land.  Gideon went from hiding in a pit to leading an army. David took on a giant. Elijah called down fire from heaven. Elisha raised the dead.

The Bible lists Benaiah as one of David’s mighty men. All of these mighty men–these heroes–have something in common; they just did it. That same attitude causes men today to take on raging rivers, climb the highest mountains and even walk on the moon.  Men are still going to foreign and hostile lands just because God said go.

It was in a foreign and hostile land that Jesus issued a call for more mighty men to step up. Jesus looked at the people of Samaria and said to his disciples, “Do you not say four months more, and, then, the harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life” (John 4: 35-36).

What reason would a man have to climb down into a pit to fight with a lion? Maybe he was just in a bad mood. Benaiah got his name listed as one of David’s mighty men. God is calling for us to be mighty men; we are all qualified–not to fight lions. There’s a greater calling than that and a greater reward. Daniel 12: 3 says, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever.”


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