These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief among the captains. He was called Adino the Eznite, because he had killed eight hundred men at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory. (2 Samuel 23:8-12)
Mighty Men And Women
The army of King David had its elite members of soldiers who were the special forces of the day. There was Josheb-Basshebeth, who killed 800 men at one time. The story is not told how this feat was accomplished, but it shows the courage and bravery of what one man can do with the power of God. Eleazar, son of Dodo, attacked the Philistines until his hand stuck to the sword. The people had fled, and he remained to fight the Philistines. The Lord brought a great victory that day. After him was Shammah, son of Agee the Hararite. There was a day the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field of lentils (small reddish beans). The army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the bean field. When the battle was over, Shammah stood over the bodies of the dead Philistines. The Lord brought about a great victory in a field of lentils by one man.
David was a great king fondly remembered for killing the giant Goliath with a sling and stone. He would become a man of war and kill many of the enemies of God. Surrounding himself with mighty men, David united the army of Israel into the most powerful fighting force on earth. There were many who were numbered in David’s mighty men, which included Uriah the Hittite. Abishai killed 300 men with his spear. Benaiah killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day and also an Egyptian of great size. There were 37 mighty men in the army of David that made a name for themselves. The feats and stories of the mighty men were individual stories of courage, faith, and strength, but each one knew the source of their victory. Victory came about by the hand of the Lord.
Great men and women face the trials of life with faith and courage and the deep conviction that God will bring victory. The work of the Lord does not diminish the courage of the mighty men of David. When the Philistines gathered against Saul and Goliath defied the army of God for more than forty days, no one dared to go against him. It was not until the faith of young David stepped into the valley of Elah and killed the giant. God provides victory, but that can only come when someone stands before Goliath. There was no victory as the army of Israel cowered in fear before the Philistines. Josheb-Basshebeth killed 800 men because he went to war. God gave him the victory. Eleazar fought the Philistines with courage founded on believing that the Lord would grant victory, not him. Shammah defeated the enemies of God in a field of lentils knowing the Lord would bring about a great victory. Great men and women go into battle armed with faith in God.
Victory is not gained on the battlefields of human conflict. Every day, men and women fight against the forces of darkness and heavenly hosts of wickedness on the blackened fields of spiritual conflict. The mighty men and women of God are those who prepare for battle with the armor of God and then go into battle. They fight so hard that their hands freeze to the sword. It matters not where they find themselves, whether in the workplace, the roadways, the home, or the community. If the Christian is standing in a field of beans, he stands with the might of the Lord. Every part of the Christian’s life is a prepared place of warfare against all that denies the power of God. Christians must fight. The armor of God is not a fashion statement, but a way of life and that is war. Mighty men and women fight the good fight every day, winning victories over Satan. The Lord gives the victory to those who are willing to fight. There is no room for the fainthearted and weak. War is inevitable because Satan will not surrender until the Lord comes. His fight is futile, but he will take all those who refuse to fight. Fight. War. Engage. Mighty men and women are mighty soldiers of Christ.