THURSDAY 3 November, 2016
A Man Most Honored
Now Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of another three.He lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three. Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three. - 2 Samuel 23:18-19
Notice what kind of fighters these mighty men were, they took down hundreds of men single handedly. God had enabled David’s men to be victorious. The Lord had told His people, that if they walked in His statues and kept His commandments, then on their behalf, He would do great exploits and give them victory by using only a few men against many:
You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you - (Leviticus 26:7-8).
Abishai had proven himself worthy in battle and David honored commendable men like these. Abishai through his courage was exalted by his king and rose to the rank of captain over other mighty men.
In God’s Word, who are the people we should show honor to? Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another… (Romans 12:10); Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12).Who are we told to show double honor to? Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine (1 Timothy 5:17).
More importantly to think about is God will honor those who honor Him.
But now the Lord says: ‘… for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
~1 Samuel 2:30~
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