Let’s Be Mighty Men of God!
I love what God has been doing through ManChurchETX. We are witnessing in this very moment, for such a time as this, an awakening in the hearts of men in East Texas. I know that God has some great things in store for us as we continue to grow in the Spirit of God moving forward to advance the Gospel of Christ.
God has given me a passion to reach Men for the Gospel. God has called me to call out men to be Mighty Men of God and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and king. I believe that Scripture has given us some great examples of what it means to be Mighty Men of God. I can’t think of any greater example than King David’s Mighty Men.
There is a great correlation to be made with these men and their King and with God’s Men and our King Jesus! This includes David and his exploits along with those men he surrounded himself with. These men were Giant Killers just like David. These men Loved their God just like David. They trusted in David because David trusted in God! They swore allegiance to their King and they would die for him if need be.
I believe God is raising us up to be these kinds of men! Men who are unashamed of the Gospel which is the Power of God to save all those who believe! I want to highlight these men as we move forward in this great movement of God with ManChurchETX.
The OT speaks of these men in separate groups and in different places. So, you have to spend a little time in study to get the whole breadth of their mighty deeds. It spans from 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1 Chronicles. They were all David’s Mighty Men. You had Joab which was David’s general of his armies. David had three particular men that were his closest advisors-- Josheb-basshebeth, Eleazar, and Shammah; each of them with his own supernatural exploits. Then there was Benaiah who would become David’s personal body guard and a bonafide superhero! There is a list of at least 30 more Mighty Men- all of them devout and loyal to their King! Today, I want us to look at Abishai the brother of Joab who was the most renown amongst the mighty men.
2 Sam. 28:18-19
Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. 19 He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.
Now the reason I want to highlight Abishai is because of the steadfast and unabashed love he had for his King. He loved David so much that any sort of attack against David would provoke Abishai to defend his King with great strength and violence. Let me show you.
In 2 Samuel 16 David is running from his son Absalom. Now this is an altogether different issue the fact that David was running from Absalom. Nevertheless, he is running. He comes across a guy by the name of Shemei who happened to be related to Saul. Well, he is not very happy with King David and the curse that had fallen upon Saul’s household. Here we find David and his Mighty Men walking by and Shamei comes out cursing the king and pelting him with rocks! Now immediately his men surround him to protect him while this guy continues to hurl insults at him. Now pay attention… I want you to notice how Abishai reacts to this insolence
2 Sam. 16:9
Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.”
Now get this, this same guy who slayed 300 men with just his spear is spitting mad because this pitiful person is insulting his sovereign. I think we need to be more like Abishai in a culture that continues to reject our God! We need to stand up and with great vigor defend our King! We need to be strong men of faith, character, and loyalty! We need to be Men who lead by example and with great fidelity serving our King until our dying breath!
These Mighty Men give us a great example of what biblical manhood looks like. We need to understand that none of us are perfect. We are all sinners, wretched human beings. Yet God, in his great love, sent Jesus to die for us so that we may be reconciled! Our King Jesus died so that we can be saved. It is our duty and great honor to serve him with complete loyalty as Mighty Men of God!
What can we learn from Abishai? Two things – His love for his King was Great and his obedience was immediate. Although he wanted to remove the head of Shemei, His King had other plans. Abishai simply obeyed. Men will you just simply obey? Don’t hesitate, just obey! Let’s all be Mighty Men of God!
Don’t forget we are at FBC Hawkins 03/26/2018. It is going to be an amazing time in the Lord! We are going to see God do something amazing right there in Hawkins, TEXAS! Bring your friends… See you there. We eat at 6 PM.