Lately I have been thinking a lot about the teachings drawn from Warriors of David. These warriors are recorded in the 1 Chron 11 and 12. There was a sermon spoken about it many years ago, so I have decided to rearrange them and present them on this blog.

1 Chron 11:9 tells us that David became great because God is with him. This is a big contrast to King Saul, initially King Saul follow God and fought many battles on Gods behalf.. However, he became proud in the latter part of his life. So much so that he disobeyed God on 2 occasions.

Finally God judged King Saul and this is what the bible says about it

“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” (1 Chron 10:11-14)

Although Saul was killed in action , his political power and influence did not end immediately. There was many Israelites who were in the side of the family of King Saul, they refuse to submit to David.. God was with David, and God guided him to help unite the kingdom of Israel.

But as God is guiding David, we also see that there were a band of mighty warriors of David who stood by him. While David was establishing his kingdom these mighty warriors assisted David to build the kingdom of God. Whenever David is in peril in the midst of battle, these mighty men stood side by side with the king and fought valiantly, accomplishing the work of God to establish the kingdom of David

The bible describes them as such
“Now these were the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. ” (1 Chron 11:10)

The name list of the mighty warriors of David were recorded in 2 Sam 23 and 1 Chron 11 and 12. I will be use the record in 1 Chron 11-12 for the study, with supporting information from 2 Sam 23. The bible records the name list of the warriors as well as their acts, by reading it, one can see the courage of the warriors.

Why did the bible record these information? God wanted to recognised the work of the mighty warriors as well as to leave them as model examples for Christians to learn from them.

Reasons For Studying The Brave Warriors Of David

Today, Christians are entrusted with the duty to assist Jesus to establish the kingdom of God. We would definitely need the guidance of God, but at the same time, God requires mighty warriors who are willing to help establish the his kingdom.

Let us learn to actively take part in the gospel work as we pray and seeks God guidance. God is ever willing to guide and lead the church but he also wants brethren who are willing to take up positions alongside with God in this battle to save the souls of man. God wanted man to have a part in the glory and he wants to established his kingdom together with his sons.

 

When God cries “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” (Is 6:8). What will our answer be?

Although we wanted to be like Isaiah who said “Here am I, send me” but quite often or not our reply would be “Here am I, but send him”.

There are also times where we give our reasons, claiming that there are many others who are more talented than us. One of the more interesting excuse saying that we would need a calling from God.

 

Sometimes we may wonder, why God doesn’t send his angels to do this work? Isn’t a testimony of an angel more effective than us preaching? Why didn’t God entrust this task to his angels? According to the author of Hebrews, angels are ministering spirits sent by God to minister to Christians (Heb 1:14), who will inherit salvation. God has chosen Christians to be his ambassadors, to reach out to sinners and to bring them to salvation.

 

This is clearly evident in the great commission that Jesus has given to all Christians

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Jesus (Matt 28:18-20)

 

Sometimes we expect God to appear in a burning bush (EG: Moses) or inspire through the Holy Spirit (EG: Paul). Indeed it is true that there are occasions God choose special individual to accomplish specific task, but here God has already called out to all Christians. God has given Christians talents so that they can compliment each other and work together as a body of Christ. The real reason why God gave talents to people is to allow them to save souls and help him establish the kingdom of God.

 

God does not have unrealistic expectation of his children, all he wanted is that all his children were to minister each other according to the gifts they receive. As long as we are willing, there are always places that will require our service. Just like what Elder Peter said

 

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – Peter (1 Pet 4: 10-11)

 

Elder Peter also said

 

“The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” – Peter (1 Pet 5:1-4)

 

Therefore if we were willing to do our part to help establish the kingdom of God, one day, when Jesus comes, our names will be recorded in the book of life, just like how the acts of the warriors of David was recorded in the bible. As we were reading the 2 passage, you will notice that there are many other names that were recorded in the list, their deeds were not recorded, but the fact that their names are mentioned tells us that God values the contribution of these warriors.

 

In my next blog entry, I would be talking about the common qualities of the warriors of David. Let us all learn to understand the will of God, let us be more than just a faithful believer in Christ. Let us learn to emulate the qualities of the warriors of David. Let us join in to help build up this kingdom of God.

 

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