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(1 Sam.
/Bethany Bible Chapel – Nov. 18, 2007 /
*Considering a Series on “Commitment” – *Here the rewards of Commitment
*Here along with 2 Sam 23 *is the list of David and His mighty men
*It details the great deeds performed by these mighty men – *who went from the ragtag group that they were* *to people of fearless devotion to their king
*It reminds us of what becomes* of those who come to the Lord from their humble beginnings – in some cases bruised and battered from the effects of sin into men and women of God who do great exploits for Him   * / /*
*/Dan 11:32/*/ - but the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
*/1 Co 1:26-27 /*/For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:// //But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty/
*But by the time that the Lord is finished with us* we will be conformed to the image of Christ – keeping the promise of Scripture – /He that began a good work in you will complete at the day of Jesus Christ  /
*And just as God recorded every deed* *done* by these men for the sake of David their king – so too God will take note of every deed done for the Lord’s sake and will reward it at the judgment seat of Christ  / /
*/Only one life twill soon be past only what’s done for Christ will last /*
The People (1 Sam.
*1 Sam 22 – gives the simple *background of these disciples of David who went on to do great things for their king whose deeds are recorded for us by God
*It cam at a time when David was in rejection *
*He had been running from King Saul – *king of Israel who was jealous that David received praise for having slain Goliath, the Philistine giant
*And it was during this time of rejection* that these men voluntarily went down to David while he was at cave of Adullum and joined themselves to him
*Notice that they were not great men – *all that were in debt, distressed, discontented in life joined him and he became captain over them
*This is the way it is with many who become Christians* – they realize that life is not the way that is cracked up to be according to the movies and literature and that following the ways of the world has a bitterness to it far from the promises that it makes and leaves us *in debt*, *distressed* and *discontented*
*But very fact that it does this,* is what makes us more prepared follow the One
*Also became our leader our captain* – just as David became their captain
*What stands out about these men* who later hazarded lives for their leader
*They went to him*–voluntarily went to him because were drawn to him
*They understood who he was* – they had sense that he would come into his kingdom in time   
*They had also come to realize that they* had neither place nor portion in this world having been in distress, in debt, discontented – had turned back on world
*Instead had their eyes on another goal -- *how to please their king
*This is how it is with Christian – *we have also acknowledged that our place and portion is not in this world and have voluntarily attached ourselves to the one who is the captain of our salvation
·       *They were in the minority*/ /- they were not following the crowd – they were a relative minority in Israel with only 400 people from a larger group 
*/1 Co 1:26-27 /*/For ye see your calling, brethren, how that *not many* wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:// //But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty/
The Person - 1 Chron 11:1-9/     /*
*The next thing is the Person* – David – how is he described?
*Shephard~/King *Qualified~/Consistent – always demonstrated his credentials – led Israel out~/brought them in – He was one who truly cared for people of Israel even when he was recognized as King–others did not do this Saul did not
*This reminds us of the Lord* who thru out His earthly ministry demonstrated His credentials as Messiah – and even though it will not be until a future time that He will be universally acknowledged as King
*He demonstrated* in *his life~/work to His people* that He is the King who cares
*At Battle with Goliath* He was taking care of the sheep 
/No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There's no other friend so kind as He.
\\ No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; O how much He cared for me.
*He had the care and compassion* of a Shepherd who tenderly cares for His Sheep and yet ruling in the fear of God – He is Good, great and Chief shepherd
*Good – He redeems give His life for the sheep*, He *restores* Great He works that which is well pleasing in His sight, Chief Shepherd – He will reward us for work well-done
*Not only that but Shepherd as well* – God said - you will shepherd My people and rule my people Israel – David was the shepherd king
*When Israel was being *challenged by Goliath – it was David who was tending the sheep that came out to deliver Israel from the Philistine giant 
*And the Lord Jesus* – a greater than David is also a Shepherd-King – who it is said of Him will govern or shepherd His people Israel
/Matt 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule (shepherd) my people Israel./
*Anointed** – *properly* *acknowledged to be approved by God
*Saul’s anointing - vial (1 Sam 10) *compared to David’s 1 Sam 16 (flask)
*David was great* – probably the greatest of Israel’s earthly Kings – but Lord is even greater – greater than Jonah – greater than Queen of Sheba – than David
*The Lord was not anointed like that* but symbolically He was – *dove, oil  *
*/Acts 2:22 /*/Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:/
*/Hebrews 1:9 /*/Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows./
*Great – *David went on to become great* *and he established His kingdom
*Then He will establish His kingdom* and will eventually be recognized and will rule from Zion
*Luke 19 – went into a far country *to receive a kingdom for himself* *to return
*While He is “away” His servants *are working for reward and will be rewarded when He returns
*At that time He will be acknowledged as King **/    /*
*/Luke 1:31-32 /*/And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.// //He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:/
The Performance (vv.
*What follows in these verses* is the list of the achievements of the top of David’s mighty men – their exploits accomplished in honor to their captain
*It details in some way the qualities *that God looks for in our lives *  *
*Who were these mighty men* – these disciples of David and what did they do that God includes them in His Hall of Fame
·       *Jashobeam** – Dauntless** (fearless) (v.
11) *
*He fought off the Philistines – *the perennial enemy of David in his day
*Slew three hundred *at one time – during one battle
*Philistines were intruders* into the land who challenged Israel’s right to land
*They did not possess it* – they just did not them to possess it and enjoy it   * *
*They do not physically exist today *– but spiritually they do
*The Church has to contend against those* who spiritually intrude into the land to keep believers from enjoying their inheritance in Christ
*ACLU* – Anti-Christian Litigation Unit works to fight against Christian concerns to keep Christians from enjoying their privileges in Christ
*Jashobeam demonstrated the *quality on being dauntless – fearless* *in battle
*/Philippians 1:28 /*/And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God./
*/Eph 6:10 /*/Finally, my brethren, be strong in Lord, and in power of his might.
*Christians ought to stand firm* with sword of Spirit in power of His might
·       *Eleazar** – **Defender** (vv.
12-13)  *
*2 Sam 23 also includes Shammah *– who together defended plot of ground filled with lentils that the Philistines wanted to capture
*He stationed himself in the middle *of the field and defended it and brought about a great victory
*He reminds us who are rewarded* for being defenders of the faith
*I for one am thankful for those *Christians w~/ great minds who are* *able to* *refute the gainsayers
*This plot of ground full of lentils *was the provision of God’s people
*The word of God is the food of God’s people* – and all of it is – every bit of it is inspired even genealogies!! – not just certain portions depicted by fact that he stationed himself in the middle of it
*/Jude 3 /*/Beloved, exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints./
*/1 Pet 3:15 /*/But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of hope that is in you with meekness and fear/
·       *Three men** – Devotion (vv.
15-19)/          /*
*Not even named* The description of their deed for their king is the most honored – they heard the desire of their king and went to please Him
*Greatest desire* for our is worship
·       *Abashai** – also dauntless (vv.
*He had performed a number* of deeds for David including this one
·        *Benaiah – Daring (vv.
*Only proactive deed *compared to the other which were reactive
*Victory over Flesh* – lion-like en of Moab (relatives)
*Victory over devil* – defeated a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day
*Victory of the world* – the spectacular a man of great height Egyptian whose spear was taken out of his hand and used against him  * *
*Conclusion -  Final thoughts* – what we see in this portion 
“They strengthened themselves” (v.
10) – *grew in their abilities in service to their king just as with many a Christian
*2.     **The judgment Seat of Christ* - in which great deeds attempted and accomplished for the Lord’s sake are not overlooked but are rewarded
*3.     **Worship is the highest honor bestow upon the king - **Benaniah*
*/Dan 11:32 …/*/but people that do know their God shall be strong & do exploits./
/Only one life twill soon be past – only what’s done for Christ will last /
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