A Man That Wouldn’t Take A Snow Day
1 Chronicles 11:22-24 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day. And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear. These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three mighties.
I. Notice His Preparation
He was brought up right!
A. His grandfather taught him how to be a Soldier: was a valient man who had done many acts
- We need more granddaddy’s that will show their grandsons how to fight.
B. His father taught him how to be a Servant: Jehoida the chief priest, a Levite – (burden bearers)
- His dad served in the tabernacle all day.
- Benaiah grew up in the ministry.
- He had inside perspective on the behind-the-scenes
II. Notice His Passion – he slew two lionlike men of Moab
A. They were his enemy because of their Country – Moab
- The Moabites were their enemy.
- They had always been their enemy.
- He didn’t try to make friends with him.
- He didn’t let the fact they outnumbered him cause him to back down.
B. They were his enemy because of their Characteristics – lionlike
- The fact that these men looked like lions did not make Banaiah want to befriend them.
- He didn’t think they were cool. He didn’t want to look like them.
- Lions prey on the flock
- Lions hide in the grass and overtake unsuspecting prey
- Lions are the worse enemy a flock of sheep have
III. Notice His Perseverance – he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
A. In spite of the Direction – he went down…in a pit (also translated dungeon)
- Instead of getting discouraged and depressed, he kept fighting.
- Instead of getting depressed, he just kept fighting.
- Instead of getting down in the dumps, he just kept fighting.
- Instead of becoming a victim, he became a victor.
B. In spite of the Difficulty – a lion; it doesn’t get much more fierce than a lion; king of the jungle
- He could have easily avoided that fight.
- He was a soldier; not a big game hunter.
- He wasn’t trained to fight lions.
- He didn’t sign up for that.
- But he did it because it needed to be done.
- He didn’t try to delegate it to someone else because he had never done it.
C. In spite of the Day – it was a snowy day; signifying a dark, cold, lifeless time
- Snow days are fun to just sit around and do as little as possible.
- Binge watch Hallmark movies and eat hot soup.
- Sit around in your pajamas and stay warm.
- But this man didn’t take a snow day.
- He didn’t call in and ask for the day off.
- There was too much that needed to be done.
- The day we live in could be compared to a snowy day.
- It’s hard to find a church that is on fire.
- It’s hard to find a Christian that is on fire.
- It’s hard to find parents that are on fire.
- Hearts are cold.
- The days are dark.
- There’s not much life and growth around.
IV. Notice His Positivity – vs. 23 And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
A. His Refusal to be Intimidated
An Egyptian – symbolized the people that had enslaved the nation of Israel for 400 years
A man of great stature (7 ½ feet tall)
- Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
B. His Rejected feelings of Inferiority – he faced a spear with only a staff
- An Egyptian with a spear is no match for a child of God with a staff!
C. His was Resourceful in his Initiative – slew him with his own spear
Conclusion: Because he wouldn’t take a snow day, he was promoted to replace Joab.
vs. 25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard