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This is a story about some ordinary guys whose reputations grow in heroic proportions because of the way they live their lives. They are not just men. They are menís men. Heroes, forever honored in the faith fall of fame of the Bible, because of how they handled very difficult circumstances.
And since it is fatherís day weekend, we are going to look at the way they lived their lives. Now, before we do, as a lot of you know, there is a picture in our world of what a man is supposed to be. In fact, our society has even set up some man-laws that determine how manly a man truly is. I got this list from the most reliable source out there, the internet, so these must be true.
Here are the top 10 man-laws:
Alright, so maybe that is not exactly on target. But it does raise the question, what does it mean to be a mighty man? What does God expect from all of us, not just men, but "What does God expect from all believers in the way we should think and act?"
Can I suggest to you that there are some principles in the passage we are about to look at that arenít the exception, but the norm for every believer. Before I do, let me give you some background.
Go back earlier in 1 Samuel and you will find the story of a young shepherd boy named David who is the last, smallest and youngest of 7 brothers relegated to herding sheep, one of the most despised jobs in Israel. One day a prophet named Samuel comes by and tells Davidís father Jesse that one of his sons will replace Saul as king. One by one Jesse presents his sons. Samuel looks at the appearance of the first and says, "look at the size of him! He must be the one." And God replies, "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. They go through the first six sons of Jesse and God doesnít pick any of them. And Samuel says to him "Are these all the sons you have? Donít you have any more?" And in what would seem to be almost an after thought, he said, "Well I do have my youngest David, but heís a shepherd..."
And what we find out is that when others saw a shepherd boy God saw a king.
In the coming years, David would be recruited into King Saulís service as a musician, slay a giant named goliath, be put in charge of the armies of Israel and befriend the son of King Saul, named Jonathan. One day David arrives home for a military victory and the crowds are shouting his praise and it goes like this "Saul has killed his thousands, but David has killed his 10,000s!" Saul sees the writing on the wall and tries to kill David. But he escapes to the hills. While he is there, a band of brothers gather around him. A group that would become his mighty men.
In 1 Samuel 22 these men are described:
David left Gath and Escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his fatherís household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. 1 Samuel 22:2
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