A Lion in a Pit on a Snowy Day (The Mighty Man Benaiah)

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, September 2, 2018 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

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.

The Importance of Legacy (son of a valiant man)

A Valiant Man

Many Deeds

Killing your fearful adversaries (Two lion-like heroes of Moab)

Two

Heroes

Killing you terrifying adversaries (An Actual Lion)

Go Down to Your Enemy

Run to the Roar

Take the Fight to Him

Don’t Play Defense

Kill the Lion

Don’t Worry About the Conditions

Don’t Let the Pit Contain You, Let It Contain Your Enemy (Don’t Think:  I am Cornered, Think: My Enemy is Cornered)

Don’t Let Yourself Get Cold.  It may slow down your enemy, but you stay warm and ready!  How?  Keep moving!  Don’t get stuck!

Characteristics of Lion-killers: Courage, Confidence, Control

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.

How do you defeat a spectacular man?

Go at him (don’t hide)

Take whatever weapon you have (a staff [remember Moses’ staff])

Fight with authority

Use the enemy’s weapons against him

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.

What does a win over a lion, two Moabites, and a spectacular Egyptian do for your reputation?

You get a reputation as a lion-killer (won a name)

You get honor for God ( He was more honored)

You get noticed by those over you in the Lord (David appointed him over his guard)

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