Daily Bible Reading “David’s Mighty Men” (2 Samuel 23:8-17)

2 Samuel 23 David's Mighty MenDavid’s Mighty Men

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 23:8-17. These are the names of David’s three mightiest warriors: Josheb-basshebeth, the Tachmonite, who was the chief among the captains. He was also called Adino the Eznite, because he used his spear to slay eight hundred of their enemies in one battle.

The next in line was Eleazar, the son of Dodo the Ahohite. He was with David at Pas Dammin when they came against the Philistines while the rest of the Israelite army fled.

Eleazar smote the Philistines until his hand was tired from holding his sword. God gave he and David a great victory against the Philistines there. The other soldiers returned after he conquered the Philistines to gather their spoils.

The third of David’s chiefs was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistine army gathered together where there was a field full of lentils. The rest of the Israelite soldiers fled from the Philistines. But Shammah stood in the middle of the field, and defended it. He slew the Philistines and the LORD gave him a great victory there.

These three of the thirty chiefs came to David’s rescue at the cave of Adullam during the time of harvest. The Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. David was in a stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was in Bethlehem.

David desired a drink of water from the well at Bethlehem and expressed his desire to his men. These three men went down through the army of the Philistines to the well by the city gate and got some water for David and brought it back to him.

When they got back with the water, David wouldn’t drink it. He poured it out on the ground as a drink offering to the LORD. He realized that he had risked the lives of these three devoted men by asking them to get him some water from the well at Bethlehem.

The men showed their devotion for David by risking their lives to get him some water. He showed his devotion to them by not drinking it, even though he was thirsty. He also showed his devotion to God by offering up something he was so desirous of to the LORD.

Have you ever had a desire for something and then once you got it realized it wasn’t worth the sacrifice that was made to have it? There are things in this life that we think we want, but they’re not worth sacrificing our life, the life of others, our future, or our soul to get them. There is really only one thing that can satisfy our soul and that is a relationship with the Lord.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 23:8-17

8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.
14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

This story is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 11:10-19 with a little more detail than here in 2 Samuel.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who were David’s three mighty men?
  • What was significant about each one of them?
  • How did they show their devotion to David?
  • How did David show his devotion to them?
  • How did David show his devotion to God?
  • What can we learn from this story?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David had some men who were devoted to serving him. We also see that he was devoted to his men. Most importantly we see David’s devotion to You. Help us to find people who are devoted to helping us win the battles of this life for Your cause. Help us to be devoted to You in all that we do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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