LESSONS FROM THE LINEAGES: "The Men Who Made the List"

THE MEN WHO MADE THE LIST

II Samuel 23:8-39

Introduction:

A.  This is not actually a genealogy or family lineage.

      This is a list of men that are not related. 

      But because they are so interesting we will look at them.

 

B.  It is always worthy to remember some mighty men.

            EX:  Stamps remembers Football Team who won state

                        Championship in 1967-68.

            EX:  Every year the Motion Picture Academy gives an

                        award called the Oscar to the Best Leading Man.

            EX:  We have the holidays of Memorial Day and Veteran’s

                        Day to honor those who served in the Armed

                        Forces,  The mighty men of America.

 

C.  David was a Mighty Man Himself.

 

            1.  He was a shepherd boy who wrote many poems/psalms.

            2.  He was also a great soldier.

                        a.  He defeated the giant Goliath.

                        b.  They sang about David:

                                    “Saul has slain his thousands;

                                    David his tens of thousands.”

                        c.  He was a Warrior King, leading his armies.

                        d.  This is why he could not build the Temple

                             himself, he was a “bloody man.”

 

D.  David gathered around Himself some Mighty Men.

            1.  Many gathered around him when running from Saul.

            2.  Many more gathered around him as a King.

            3.  It would be a great honor to be on a list of David’s

                 Mightiest warriors.

 

E.  These men can teach us something Spiritually.

            1.  We are in the Lord’s Army. 

     A battle with Satan, Society, and Self.

 

2.  What qualities make one a Mighty Man of God?

I.  A Great Faith.  (Adino—v.8)

 

            A.  Adino was a Warrior who could handle any situation.

 

                        1.  He seemed to do the impossible.

                        2.  He slew 800 Philistines at one time. 

                             No one came to help him.

                        3.  He also slew 300 at another time,

                                    acc. to II Chron.11:11, all by himself.

4.  He was the Eznite—the “spear” because he

                           would spearhead a charge into battle.

5.  This made Adino chief of the captains.

6.  This man was either crazy or he had lot of faith.

                                     I choose to believe the latter.

                                    He trusted God to give the victory, just like

                                    David trusted God against Goliath.

 

            B.  The chief quality for a Christian has to be Faith.

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  (Heb.11:6)

 

            C.  Faith can help us do seemingly impossible things.

 

For with God nothing shall be impossible.  (Lk.1:37)

[Gabriel to Mary]

 

Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  (Matt.17:20)

 

                        EX:  Healings, Provision, Protection

 

            D.  To truly be a Spiritual Man of God we need Faith.

                        1.  When Satan throws fiery darts, shield of faith.

                        2.  When World opposes God’s Word,

                              stand on your faith.

II.  A Great Hold.  (Eleazar—vv.9-10)

 

            A.  Eleazar proves that even the son of a Dodo can be a

                  Mighty Man of God.

                        1.  He also fought when others retreated.

                        2.  He fought the Philistines alone and won.

                        3.  He fought so hard that the sword stuck to his

                             hand—he couldn’t let go of it.

 

            B.  Another key of Spiritual Might is how tightly you

                 Cling to your Sword.

 

                        1.  Our sword is the Word of God.

 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  (Eph.6:17)

 

                        2.  How tightly are you holding onto the Word?

 

                                    a.  Some don’t hold on much at all.

                                                They don’t Read it, Memorize it,

                                                Meditate on it.  And it shows.

                                                EX:  Children with no Bible

 

                                    b.  Some hold only loosely.

                                                They believe some parts.

                                                But some parts they choose not to.

                                                EX:  When it comes to divorce,

                                                tithing, pre-marital sex, men with

                                                long hair, women with short skirts

 

                                    c.  Some hold on tightly to every word.

 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  (Ps.1:1-2)  [also II Tim.2:15]

                                                EX:  Mary at Jesus’ feet

 

III.  A Great Determination.  (Shammah—vv.11-12)

 

            A.  Shammah is noted for Standing His Ground.

 

                        1.  He fought for a pea patch.

                        2.  Doesn’t seem very valuable to us.

                        3.  He wasn’t going to give way to the enemy

                             In even the smallest of things.

                        4.  He knew if he gave way to the Philistines in this

                             one pea patch they would come after other pea

                             patches.  It wouldn’t stop here.

 

            B.  A Mighty Man of God stands his ground on even small

                  things, because compromise in the small things leads to

                  Big Things.

 

                        1.  Satan is never satisfied.

                        2.  If he can get you to compromise in a small thing,

                             he will always come for more.

 

                          “Give the devil an inch, and he will be your ruler.”

 

                        3.  If you want to keep from getting drunk, don’t

                                    take the first drink.  Take a stand!

                        4.  If you don’t want to go too far with your date,

                                    don’t put yourself in a compromising

                                    situation.  Take a stand!

                        5.  If you don’t want to take drugs, don’t hang out

                                    with the druggies.  Take a stand!

                        6.  If you don’t want to miss church on Sunday,

                                    don’t be out late on Saturday.  Take a stand!

 

            C.  We need to draw some lines in the sand and say,

                   “I am not willing to cross this line.

                    I will defend my pea patch.”

 

            D.  Your pea patch is a big deal, because you can stop

                  Satan in the pea patch!

 

IV.  A Great Love.  (The Three—vv.13-17)

 

            A.  The next three were not as famous as the first three,

                  but they were still mighty men.

 

            B.  The head of the next three is Abishai, brother of Joab.

 

                        1.  He was a mighty warrior.  (18)

                        2.  He led a group to get water from a well in

                             Bethlehem and brought it to David during a bad

                             time in David’s life.

                        3.  To do this, he risked his life.

                        4.  This showed a great love.

 

            C.  You will never be a Mighty Man of God unless you

                  Have a Great Love for God.

 

            And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  (Mk.12:30)

 

                        1.  What God is saying is that He will not share

                              His throne, His glory, or His authority with

                              another.

                                    a.  He wouldn’t do it with the idols in Israel

                                    b.  He won’t do it with the idols of Today.

 

                        2.  To have a Great Marriage you must Love with

                             All your heart.

                                    My wife won’t share heart place with

                                    anyone else.  Nor should she have to.

 

                        3.  To be a Mighty Man of God we must Love God

                              with our whole heart.

 

 

 

 

 

V.  A Great Virtue.  (Abishai—vv.18-19)

 

            A.  Abishai was a great warrior in his own right.

            B.  What is most notable is that he is the brother of Joab.

                        1.  Abishai is included in the list.

                        2.  Joab is not in the list of mighty men.

                        3.  Joab was a great military leader.  Commander of

                             David’s army.  Never lost a battle.

                        4.  Joab was ruthless and treacherous.

                             Murdered Abner, Amasa, Absalom, took part in

                             Uriah’s murder, and plotted with Adonijah

                             against Solomon.

                        5.  Joab’s two brother’s make the list, but not him.

 

            C.  It is not enough to just do the Work of the Lord.

                  We must also display the Righteousness of the Lord.

                        The ends do not justify the means. (Jesuits)

 

                        ILL:  No bombing of abortion clinics

                                    Homosexuals need counseling, not cruelty.

 

VI.  A Great Courage.  (Benaiah—vv.20-23)

 

            A.  Benaiah did some things I would not attempt.

 

                        1.  He took on two lion-like men of Moab.

                             One would be tough.  Two would be terrifying.

                        2.  He killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day.

                             Two went in.  Only one was getting out.

                        3.  He went against a big Egyptian with a spear

                             and he only had a stick.  He took the spear,

                             then gave it back to the Egyptian.

                        4.  Each of these three situations were scary.

 

            B.  The Christian Life will sometimes be Fearful.

 

                        1.  Afraid of what others might do.

                                    EX:  ISIS to Christians

                                    EX:  Christians in China, N. Korea

 

                        2.  Afraid of what others might say.

                                    EX:  Pear Pressure, Pagan Professors

 

                        3.  Afraid of what others might think.

                                    EX:  Thoughts of “Crazy Christian,

                                             Fanatic, Right-winger, Holy-Roller”

                                    Therefore, hide our Bibles, cross ties, prayer

 

            C.  Where does this Fear come from?

 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  (II Tim.1:7)

 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

(I Pt.5:8)

 

            D.  It takes Courage to be a Christian.

                        EX:  In Washington, in Hollywood, in Colleges,

                                    In other countries, in our Families

Conclusion:

A.  Time does not allow me to speak of all of these men.

B.  Some interesting names are included:  Jonathan, Uriah

C.  Some interesting names are left out:  Joab

D.  These all teach us what it takes to be Mighty Men

      (and Women) of God today.

            1.  A great faith.

            2.  A great hold on the sword, the Word of God.

            3.  A great determination to stand your ground in little  things.

            4.  A great love.

            5.  A great courage.

            6.  A great virtue.

 

E.  We don’t become mighty men of God for worldly Acclaim.

F.  We want it for God’s Acclaim: 

“Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.”

G.  God is still looking for a few good men (and women).

            Will you be on God’s list?

 
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