1 Chronicles 10-12
“Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel” (1 Chronicles 11:10).
What makes a man mighty? David had his own mighty men (2 Sam. 23:8-39; 1 Chron. 11:10-47). These men supported David in his reign in Israel, and they helped David to comprise a great army (1 Chron. 12:21-22).
- Some were impressive physical specimens. David’s mighty men certainly looked like mighty men. The Gadites had faces “like a lion” and were so athletic that were as swift as gazelles on the mountains (12:8).
- Some possessed exceptional skill. These men were skilled warriors. For example, Ahiezer and his men were ambidextrous marksmen with both the bow and the sling (12:2).
- Some were extremely intelligent. For example, the men of Issachar were used for strategical purposes, having an understanding of the times and knowing what Israel ought to do (1 Chron. 12:32).
- Some courageously risked their lives. David once had three men who risked their lives just to bring him some water (1 Chron. 11:15-19). Eleazar stood his ground and defended a plot of land full of barley from the Philistines (1 Chron. 11:12-14).
- Some overcame insurmountable odds. Both Jashobeam and Abishai once killed 300 men on the battlefield at one time (1 Chron. 11:11, 20). Benaiah struck down a lion and later defeated a 7 foot Egyptian (11:22-23).
Each of David’s men were mighty in their own respective ways, but what is it that makes a man mighty today?
Today, the mighty men of Jesus are the ones who come to King Jesus in support of His kingdom. These men do not require a sword or a gun, for these are not the weapons which are used to defend the spiritual kingdom of Christ (Jn. 18:11, 36; 2 Cor. 10:4). Rather, the mighty men of King Jesus put on the whole armor of God: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit (Eph. 6:10-18). These men support the reign of Jesus and the advancement of His kingdom in support of His mission (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-16). They strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in all things and joyfully share in his sufferings (Acts 10:38; Gal. 6:9-10; 1 Pet. 2:21; 2 Tim. 2:3).
These men are not perfect, but they are forgiven and redeemed by the blood of Jesus (Eph. 1:7; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). They are men of integrity in pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11). These men are ever mindful of their example before others, and indeed they are (Mt. 5:13-16; 1 Tim. 4:12). To prepare themselves for the day, they spend more time in front of God’s mirror rather than primping and preening in front of their bathroom mirrors (Jas. 1:21-25; 1 Tim. 4:8).
These mighty men of Jesus are not barbaric brutes; they exhibit a loving tenderness for God and others (Mt. 22:37-39). Christ’s mighty men cherish their wives as Christ cherishes His church (Eph. 5:25, 28, 33). They bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). They do not insist that others serve them; they have become the servants of all (Mk. 9:35; Php. 2:3-4).
They do all of this in service to the King of Kings as they joyfully anticipate His ever-nearing return (2 Tim. 4:6-8). How thankful we should be for mighty men of Jesus? Men, are you one of these mighty men of King Jesus? Ladies, is one of these mighty men in your life?