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Summary: King David had a vast mighty army, but he also had an inner-circle of mighty men called, The Thirty. In this thirty, he had a group called “the three.” They were like the special forces/secret service rolled into one.

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The Most Macho Sermon You’ll Ever Hear Father’s Day 2013

A King David had a vast mighty army, but he also had an inner-circle of mighty men called, The Thirty.

1 Chronicles 11:10-11 (NASB) 10 Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 11 These constitute the list of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he killed at one time.

1 In this thirty, he had a group called “the three.”

1 Chronicles 11:12 (NASB) 12 After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men.

a Jashobean (Killed 300 enemies at one time.)

b Eleazar (With David when he killed Goliath.)

c The third isn’t mentioned, but we can surmise it was Joab or Shammash. (Captured Jerusalem) Sec. of defense

1 Chronicles 11:6 (NASB) 6 Now David had said, "Whoever strikes down a Jebusite first shall be chief and commander." Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief.

2 Under “the three” was a second tier of leadership.

a 1 Chronicles 11:20-21 (NASB) 20 As for Abshai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the thirty, and he swung his spear against three hundred and killed them; and he had a name as well as the thirty. 21 Of the three in the second rank he was the most honored and became their commander; however, he did not attain to the first three.

Abshai (Killed 300 by himself)

b 1 Chronicles 11:22-24 (NASB) 22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day. 23 He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature five cubits tall. Now in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and had a name as well as the three mighty men.

Benaiah

B These men were like David’s joint chiefs of staff.

1 They were like the special forces/secret service rolled into one.

a Carried out/in charge of special missions, black op.

b Slain giants, overcame enemies, protected Israel, Patriotic.

c Also in charge of protecting the king.

aa They lived by code of honor to God & Country.

bb King David’s dynasty was the “lamp stand of Israel” & it was the duty of the mighty men / the thirty to ensure that the light wasn’t extinguished.

2 Samuel 21:17 (NASB) 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel."

2 These men were the best of the best.

a Unquestionably loyal to the king, followed his orders.

b 1 Kings 1:9-10 (NASB) 9 Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's servants. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and Solomon his brother.

There was a power play by Adonijah to remove David & they wouldn’t even approach Benaiah because they knew where his loyalties lay.

3 These men’s character was reflective of their leader.

a David’s Qualities.

aa Submissive & loyal to Saul.

bb Slew many enemy soldiers in battle.

cc Took a stand against the Philistines.

dd Risked his life to go the extra mile.

ee Killed a lion & slew a giant single handedly.

b David’s men.

aa Submissive & loyal to David.

1 Chronicles 11:10 (NASB) 10 Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

bb Slew many enemy soldiers in battle.

cc Took a stand against the Philistines.

1 Chronicles 11:14 (NASB) 14 They took their stand in the midst of the plot and defended it, and struck down the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great victory.

dd Risked life & went the extra mile.

ee Killed a lion & slew a giant single handedly.

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