2 Samuel Bible Background

04.30.2018 – Old Testament: 2Sa 23.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 23–24 on April 30, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

If there was ever a mighty man, a fearless and highly skilled warrior for the Lord, Benaiah has to be that man. He was one of David’s mighty men and was over special warriors of David, his body guard. Later Solomon put Benaiah in charge of the whole army of Israel. Look at some of the things that Benaiah did,

Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who 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. And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard (2 Samuel 23.20–23).

I can see myself doing those things in a dream, but that is it. There is no way that I would jump into a pit with a lion in it on a snowy day or a hot summer day. That Egyptian was a “spectacular man,” (First Chronicles 11.23 says he was five cubits tall, which would be seven feet, six inches, if the cubit was 18 inches!). Benaiah took the Egyptian’s spear out of his hand and killed him with it.


  • Have you fought in battle?
  • Do you wage war in the spirit?

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