Notes from a sermon given by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannapolis Church of God on January 8, 2017 at 11:00 am. This was a snow day, and the sermon was delivered virtually through Facebook Live. Go to Greg Sloop’s facebook page to view the sermon video.
2 Samuel 23:20–23 (NKJV)
20 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
In the discussion of David’s mighty men, the writer of 2 Samuel comes to a description of a man by the name of Benaiah, the son of a valiant man by the name of Jehoiada.
There are three mini-stories told about him in this passage.
The first says that he killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. Two other mighty men who opposed him. Men who posed a threat.
The second says that he killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. The snowy day was probably beautiful and inspiring. However, the footing was slick and uncertain. Talk about treacherous! Maybe he fell in the pit, slipping on the snow. I like to think that he trapped the lion and killed it on purpose. Whatever the case may be, the lion was a true physical threat and Benaiah killed it.
21 And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 23 He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.
The third story tells of how Benaiah killed an Egyptian (they called him a spectacular man). He had a spear, but Benaiah wrested it out of his hand and killed him with his own spear. These feats of strength and exploits won Benaiah a place among the mighty men of David. David even appointed him over his guard.
Becoming a Mighty Man
Do not be intimidated by your circumstances (Lion-like men)
Do not shrink from a fight based on size and ferocity (Lion in a pit)
Do not let the bluster paralyze you (a Spectacular Egyptian). Neutralize the enemy and win the fight!