Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 23:18-23. Abishai, Joab’s brother and Zeruiah’s son, was chief of another three. He slew three hundred men with his sword. He was the most honorable of these three so he was chosen to be their captain. But, he didn’t obtain as much as the first three, which were mentioned in the previous lesson.
Benaiah, Jehoiada’s son, a valiant man, from Kabzeel, did many acts. He slew two lion-like men from Moab. He also slew a lion in the middle of a pit in the snow.
He slew an Egyptian who was a good man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he struck him with a staff, and took the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, then slew him with his own spear.
Benaiah, did these things to make a name for himself among these three mighty men. He was more honorable than the other thirty, but he didn’t attain the level of the first three. So David put him over his guard.
For some reason the mighty men were broken up into groups of three. But the third one in the second group was not mentioned by name nor was it disclosed what his accomplishments were. Obviously they were not as significant as the other two in this group. So there were a total of five of David’s most accomplished warriors listed. Three in the first group and two in this group.
Those who were the most victorious in the fight against their enemies were made leaders over the other soldiers. These men earned their position and the respect of their trusted leader who taught them to be great warriors like he was.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 23:18-23
18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three.
19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.
20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.
23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.
Things to think about:
- Who were the men mentioned in this Scripture?
- What did they do to attain leadership positions in David’s army?
- What can we learn from this lesson?
Prayer of the Day:
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David had some brave men in his army. He had men who risked their own life to help him win the battles of his day. Help us to see the dedication of these men and strive to be as dedicated to Your work as they were to helping David defend their nation during his time. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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