CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 38

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 23:16 ” 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.”

Like begets like. After David, were raised some great men. Among these were three whom the bible described as mighty. These men were:

1. Adino the Eznite

2. Eleazar the Ahohite

3. Shammah the Hararite.

One man who is conspicuously missing among the three is Joab. All through the story of David, Joab’s name ran through it all. Why is he not among these men? Joab on many occasions showed he had an independent spirit. He killed Abner against king David wish. He also killed Amasa also against the king’s wish. He could not catch the grace on the life of David. These other men whose names has rather not been showing up flowed in the grace upon David. Many people relate and serve under certain great men of God, yet they are not able to operate by the grace of God that rest on such men. It is all because of an independent spirit rather than love and submission. Elisha received the “mantle” of Elijah because of his love and submission to him. He actually succeeded him (2nd Kings 2:12).

The scriptures talk about the feats of these mighty men this way. The first is Adino (meaning ‘his ornament’) the Eznite. He lifted up his spear against eight hundred men, whom he slew at one time. The next was Eleazer whose name means “God has helped”. This man arose and smote the Philistines when the Israelites had all left him. His hand clave to his sword. The Israelites returned to find only dead Philistines. The third of these three was Shammah, which means ‘astonishment’. He also stood when the Israelites had run away and fought, conquering all the Philistines. What does these events teach us? If we would stand with and for the Lord, we would always overcome the enemy no matter the size, strength or who the enemy may be. It is the Lord that wins. He only needs a man to stand for him. Multitudes are good but it is a faithful heart standing in faith that would win. Note: The strength of the enemy is nothing in relating it to the Lord. When Christians measure themselves with the limitations of their abilities as men then, will they fail.

SATAN AND HIS POWER IS DARKNESS. GOD AND HIS POWER IS LIGHT, YOU CAN’T LOSE WITH THE LIGHT.

  CONFESSION

I stand with God and can never lose. No matter the opposition that may arise against me. So long as I stand in faith no enemy can overcome me

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 8:37 ” Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Romans 8:31 ” What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

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