Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Samuel 23:20- 23, “Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men. He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard”

Benaiah was a valiant fighter, and certainly excelled greatly in his duty. He performed GREAT exploits, as they are listed. He took on fierce opponents, a lion, and even with only having a club, disarmed an Egyptian warrior and killed the man with his own spear. He became as famous as the three mighty men, held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but not included among the Three, even though David promoted him by placing him in charge of his bodyguard. What did the Three do that Benaiah didn’t do? Well let’s look at their story.

David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. “Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.2 Sam 23:15-17

David was the King that had a desire, water. He didn’t give a command, he didn’t make his request part of his men’s job description, and he didn’t have an expectation that these three men should take up the task of his “craving” for water from Bethlehem. King David was in the line of Jesus Christ as reads in Matt 1:1 “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:”

Three mighty men

Out of loyal to David these men went well beyond “the call of duty.” They were brave and courageous with only three of them breaking through the host of the Philistine army after their twelve mile journey to get there. These men had to break through enemy lines, the Philistine garrison (outpost) in Bethlehem, retrieved the water, and brought it back to David. These men were not commissioned to do this task. They sacrificed their very lives not to gain clout or merit, not to be in the Israeli hall of fame, and not even to advance the victory for their army. Note, these men had one thing on their minds, to bring some water for their king! Why, because this is what would please the King. With loyalty and honor they risked their lives, “counting their lives worth nothing,” just to please the King to which they longed to do, even putting themselves in “death’s way,”. Haggai 1:8 reads, “Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD”. God is our King and desires me to please Him!

While Benaiah certainly excelled in his duty, and was promoted as such, the Three went above and beyond the call of duty just to please their King.

Application: Are you excelling for God, or are you going above and beyond your call of duty? What is your call of duty you ask? “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Mic 6:8). Be that loyal husband, devoted father, committed ministry leader. Work hard at your job and be faithful and diligent in reaching the lost. Blessings Pastor Phil



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