David’s Mighy Men.

II Samuel 23:13-17 
Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord . And he said, “Far be it from me, O Lord , that I should do this! Is this  not  the blood of the men who went in jeopardy  of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.
Chapter 23 of 2 Samuel lists the names of all David’s Mighty Men along with their achievements.  They appear below along with their amazing accomplishments.  
Mighty Men.
II Samuel 23:8Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief among the captains. He was called Adino the Eznite, because he had killed eight hundred men at one time.”
Next is “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.
II Samuel 23:9-10 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.”
Then we have “Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite.
II Samuel 23:11-12. “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.”
Read the entire chapter and you’ll see many others with very great accomplishments.  
David’s Mighitest Men.
Those certainly are mighty deeds, no doubt about it.  But there are three listed as David’s mightiest men who accomplished something that doesn’t seem nearly as mighty as the rest.  All they did was to go and get water from the wells of Bethlehem for David.  
Now to be fair, they probably did lots of other things.  But the Holy Spirit doesn’t mention them.  The silence of scripture here speaks volumes!   So, what’s so great about getting water for their master, David? Let’s backtrack and check out the latest events.
(The Three Mightiest Men.)
The Mightiest Deed.
David was on the run from King Saul time who was actively seeking to take his life.  So he and his mighty men fled to the cave of Adullam, approximately 15 miles from Bethlehem, his home town.  At the time of our story, it was in the hands of the Philistines.  
David longed to be able to go back home and breathed his desire to drink water from the well by the gate the town.  These three men, who are not mentioned by name, in response to his voiced desire, took it upon themselves to go down to Bethlehem. They broke through the ranks of the Philistines and got water for their master. 
David was so overwhelmed by their brave and selfless service to him that he did something quite surprising:  He poured the water out as a drink offering to the Lord rather than drink it!  Why?  Because they had risked their very lives to obtain it for him, making it beyond price in his mind.  He did not feel worthy to receive such a priceless gift. That is why he offered it to God.
The Greater David.
David’s name means, “Beloved.”  He is a picture of our Lord Jesus, the greater David! Remember what it says of Jesus in Psalm 22:14?  
“I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.”  
This act of David is a picture of what Jesus, the priceless Lamb of God, did for us at Calvary:  He was poured out like water.  Jesus gave to His Father the most priceless gift of Himself in saving all of us.  He spared nothing. The phrase paints quite a picture, doesn’t it?
Not On The List.
Surprisingly, among the list of David’s mighty men, his general, Joab, is not there.  Why?  Because he was really more interesting in promoting himself and advancing his position than serving David. 
He’s the one, you remember, who later killed Absolom, David’s wayward son, against David’s specific orders that the young man not be harmed.  You see, God isn’t interested in a person’s position, how many degrees you have, or your family name.  He interested in how much love you have toward His Beloved Son.  
When rewards are handed out at the Bema seat of Christ, don’t be surprised who gets rewarded and who doesn’t.  
(For more on the Judgment, or Bema, seat of Christ, follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/the-judgment-seat-of-christ/

You may be very surprised who is and who isn’t counted as one of the Greater David’s Mighty Men!             

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