2 Samuel 23:16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
David’s 30 mightiest warriors are listed in Vss. 8 – 39, with the top three, Adino, Eleazar, and Shammah, being listed in Vss. 8 – 11. Notice the small number in comparison to the great multitude of others (30 out of thousands and three out of 30).
It’s supposed that the three mighty men spoken of in this text are these top three of David’s mightiest warriors. These three mighty warriors give us insights into personal leadership and being a warrior for God!
Mighty Warriors Think and Operate on a Higher Level Than Others
-Adino slew 800 men by himself in battle (Vs. 8). Why did he have to kill so many by himself? Probably because his fellow Soldiers ran away in fear, though we’re not given that detail.
-Eleazar stood his ground to fight against the Philistines when all other of his fellow Soldiers ran away, and only came back to get the spoil after Eleazar won the battle (Vss. 9 – 10).
-He probably didn’t even take much of anything for himself, but just moved on while the others acted like Black Friday shoppers at Wal-Mart!
-Defeating the enemy and winning with God was considered more important to him than getting free stuff! He was a higher level thinker!
-Shammah also stood his ground to fight against the Philistines when all other of his fellow Soldiers ran away, and he won the battle with God’s help (Vss. 11 – 12).
-Neither of them probably even really cared about the number because they were just going to fight through until they won, no matter how many they had to fight!
-Some things should be tracked so as to keep up with progress, but there are things in life that really aren’t as important as we try to make them because God’s warriors think and operate on a completely different level than most people who need those things to feel good about what they’ve accomplished.
Mighty Warriors See and Hear What Others Do Not (Vss. 13 – 16)
Notice they weren’t only paying attention to the battle around them, they were paying detailed attention to the needs of the one leading them. David probably didn’t say this too loud, or especially not purposely to be heard by them.
It was probably nothing more than a passing expression of his desire to be back home rather than out fighting this battle. It didn’t have to be so obviously stated for these three warriors to take notice and to honor that desire. Part of what made them mighty wasn’t just physical, but their ability to perceive what others probably would not have.
Mighty Warriors Are Willing to Do What Others Are Not
2 Samuel 23:16(a) And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David…
They perceived and admired the love and commitment of David and because of that, they busted through that line like a couple of Crimson Tide defensive linemen! Others had already shown they weren’t willing to fight the battle all the way through, because they ran away and only came back when it got easy again.
Are we going to be like those who ran away because of fear and lack of faith, or are we going to be like these mighty men who thought, operated, heard, and saw what others did not?