Summary: Study of David’s Mighty Men; Call to Evangelism
Mighty Men of God
2 Samuel 23:8-17
This morning I would like to take a look at some amazing men from the Old Testament who were called “Mighty Men of God”. This message is the theme being used by “No Greater Love Ministries” this year and it is the call to arms for all men in God’s church to consider going to battle for the Lord. In February, men from this church will travel once again to New Orleans to claim ground for Jesus Christ. Remember part of my vision from last week for this church is that we would lean towards full-time evangelism, and stepping out of your comfort zone is critical to accomplishing this.
I firmly believe that this message will apply to all of us as we seek to serve the Lord and minister to others for the Kingdom. These three men were deliberately serving their King, and this morning I want to explore their example in life that we can apply to our own lives today.
This morning, I want us to examine and look at three men who exemplified giving it all in the face of adversity, and who were called to their King’s purpose in a way that only faithful servants could serve their master.
Open your bibles to 2 Samuel 23 and we will be looking at verses 15-17.
First though, allow me to give you a small amount of background leading into today’s story.
David was the King and he was sitting around a campfire with his trusted men. The bible tells us about each of these men and briefly; Josheb was a man who killed 800 men with a spear at one time (a one man wrecking crew); Eleazar stood back to back with David when they taunted the Philistines – and he was so faithful to fight that his hand froze to his sword; and Shammah stood in the middle of a field when Israel’s troops had fled and he was faithful to defend the land – which God brought a great victory to him.
Oh that we could be this faithful (and have this much courage) – and would have this type of commitment to the Lord.
These three men and David were resting in the evening around a campfire – because the battle had been called off for the night. The bible says that David was “in the stronghold (v14), which means his army had an advantageous position in the battle, and they were able to relax and rest for the night.
Now, let’s pick up the story from here …
Read verse 15 through 17 of 2 Samuel 23 …
Point 1 – Serving means there is a great cause
These men were faithful to their King, and they would have done whatever it took to please David. These three men were the best of the best – the absolute top and most faithful.
You see, they had fought amazing battles and were faithful to never turn their back – and this morning we need to see that there is a great cause for serving faithfully. These three men were living testimonies of that cause – and I ask you – do you have the same faithfulness as these men did to serve the Great Cause?
As they are visiting with David, these men are talking with one another and just reminiscing about their past – They were camped just outside Bethlehem and interestingly enough Bethlehem was David’s hometown – and the Philistine’s have taken control of this town and David’s army is approaching the city to take it back.