Valiant Fighters

2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1 

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion…And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.”

2 Samuel 23:20, 23

David’s bodyguard team was composed of men from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who were drawn to the vision and values of David’s kingdom. They were distinguished by their courage in battle and the willingness to risk their lives for the sake of their king. 

It’s understandable why Benaiah would face several of Moab’s best men in battle; however, why would he enter a pit on a snowy day to kill a lion? 

Did he think about this decision, or did he respond impulsively? 

Why did Paul fight wild beasts during his ministry in Ephesus (1 Corinthians 15:32)? 

He later wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world…” (Ephesians 6:12). God is still preparing and calling mighty men and women of faith who are not afraid to battle wild beasts for the sake of their king and his gospel. Many are called, but few pass the test.

“Lord Jesus, your gospel and your glory are my delight. May I be found faithful.”