Wednesday, February 12, 2014

30 mighty men

When David was assuming power and emerging as the new king of Israel he became a rallying point for mighty warriors. 30 mighty men joined his army and they became the core of his military strength. Despite David's greatness and closeness to God, he needed a lot of help if he was going to defeat enemies and defend the throne. It is interesting to consider the qualities of those mighty men. 1 Chronicles chapter 12 describes some of these warriors: "These warriors from Gad were army commanders. The weakest among them could take on a hundred regular troops, and the strongest could take on a thousand." So they were brave and they were capable. Verse 8 of the same chapter describes these warriors of Gad this way: "They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains." I was also struck by the unity of David's army. He attracted high quality soldiers and generals from every tribe in Israel. And why did they choose to follow David? The leader of the 30 mighty men was named Amasai. He has this beautiful quote from 1 Chronicles 12:18 "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." The starting point for victory was a shepherd boy, who learned to trust in the living God. He became a rallying point for faith and mighty men sought to unite around this leader who trusted in God.
Perhaps this is a good reminder of what our starting point must be as well. Is the Lord truly our personal source of strength. Are we really sold out to Him? If so we should see unity and a rallying of strength, skill and courage to build His kingdom! (I believe we will!)
Rob Smith

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