Reading through 1 Chronicles in my quiet time has surprised and inspired me. Every time I read I can’t wait to share with you all! (You can read other posts on 1 Chronicles here and here.) Friend, you are a Warrior for Christ. Check this out!
10 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. 11 This is an account of David’s mighty men…
I don’t know about you, but when I read this intro, I get pumped! This is so exciting to me! God decided that it was important to include these descriptions about “David’s mightiest warriors” (how it is worded in the New Living Translation) in His word. This is so fascinating to me! I believe we are called to be princess warriors (read about that here)… so when I read those words, I position myself to glean something powerful for my life.
David had an army of mighty warriors, and within this army there were three… I love how scripture just calls them “the Three”. Before you even know anything else about them, you know they must be important. In the New Living Translation the word three is even capitalized. These are warriors you don’t want to mess with right? Later in the passage it says that the Three “were among the Thirty-an elite group among David’s fighting men” (1 Chronicles 11:15, NLT). These warriors are the best of the best.
Who are they?
Jashobeam the Hacmonite (vs. 11)
Battle Story: “He once used his spear to kill 300 enemy warriors in a single battle.”
Eleazar son of Dodai (vs. 12-14)
Name Meaning: God has helped or Whom God helps
Battle Story: “He was with David when the Philistines gathered for battle at Pas-dammim and attacked the Israelites in a field full of barley. The Israelite army fled, 14 but Eleazar and David held their ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord saved them by giving them a great victory.”
Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite (2 Samuel 23:11-12)
Name Meaning: Waste or Appalling Desolation
Battle Story: “The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.”
Their Names. Their Stories.
Wow! Like I said, these stories are so thrilling to me! There are so many things I notice. For one, these men did AMAZING things.
Their battle stories are incredible. I can’t even imagine being able to do the things they did. And did you notice the end of two of these stories? Yep, God gives the victory.
And their names? Fascinating. Makes me wonder how their names played a role in the things they did or who they were. Like “appalling desolation”? Ha. I mean talk about an intimidating warrior name! I’m sure he caused some desolation in his life as a warrior.
Your Name. Your Story.
I believe there is something to this friends! I LOVE hearing about name meanings. It is incredible how often names really are connected to who we are. And the battle stories? Oh man! Nothing gets me fired up more than hearing about the battles people of God fight… because God always gives the victory!
So what about you? What does your name mean? What’s your story?
I challenge you to spend some time thinking about this today. You are a mighty tool in the hand of God. A mighty warrior meant to do things for the Kingdom that are SO IMPORTANT.
Your Identity Matters. You matter.
SHARE YOUR STORY. WE ALL NEED TO BE INSPIRED BY ONE ANOTHER!