Mighty Men

1 Chronicles

Reflections on 1 Chronicles 11

I do not remember learning much about the men spoke of in 1 Chronicles 11:10-47 in Sunday School when I was growing up. But I sure wish I would have!

God provided wonderfully powerful men to David to make him king. It is interesting to me that these warriors are spoken of as heroes and highly regarded. Their deeds are certainly celebrated.

For instance:

22 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who [k]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. 23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, [l]five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. 25 Indeed he was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.


God’s promise to David implies (to me) that God approves of the actions of these men and the battles they fought and won.

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.