Sagacious – wise or shrewd, having or based on a profound knowledge and understanding of the world combined with intelligence and good judgment
Skilful – having special ability, a specialist, having abilities developed over a period of time
He killed 800 men in one encounter.
He represents sons that demonstrate extraordinary prowess and clout when it comes to contending with enemy positions at the gates of their cities and in the earth
His name combines two root words: “El” means strength or Almighty; “azar” means to surround, protect, aid and help. Eleazer represents a son who is stands strong when it comes to protecting, aiding and helping the father.
When other sons forsake the father they faithfully stand with him. They are the last ones standing with him (v.9)
These are sons who don’t tire easily. They serve the father and the agenda of the Kingdom until their physical, emotional and spiritual stamina is exhausted
The name Shammah means ruin, consternation, desolation, and waste. Such was his grace and spirit. He had a violent spirit. He represents sons that are militant, aggressive and revolutionary in the spirit.
The field he defended belonged to the king. These are sons that will defend everything that rightfully belongs to the father from the Lord. In so doing they protect the father’s honour.
Three of the thirty chief men (v.13)
Theologians say that Abishai& Benaiah were part of this trio
They were devoted to David even before he was king. Sons connect to the father because of promise not popularity.
These three men demonstrated tremendous fidelity and loyalty. Without such faithfulness and loyalty sonship is not possible.
Abishai was the only one who accompanied David when he went to the camp of Saul (1 Sam.26). He is always in close proximity to David. He is a son that stays close by the father’s side.
He slew the Philistine giant Ishbi-benob, who threatened David’s life when he grew faint (2Sam.21:15-17). Sometimes fathers wear out. Sons must know how to step-in and protect and cover fathers.
During Absalom’s rebellion, Abishai remained true to the king. He even commanded a third part the army to fight against Absalom.
He was the son of Jehoiada. Jehoiada was the chief priest (1 Chron.27:5). Benaiah was born a priest but became a soldier. Accurate sons possess priestly DNA. Their hearts connect accurately with the Lord. Their lives are devoted to prayer & intercession, Word & mediation etc.
He was put in-charge of David’s personal bodyguard because he was probably the most trusted & of the king’s men.
His courage and skill as a soldier were second to none (v.20-21). The great theologian, Frank Boreham writes concerning Benaiah, “He met the worst of enemies, in the worst of places, under the worst of conditions; and he won.”
The spirit of David was reproduced in Benaiah since he was the only one who replicated David’s accomplishments
Benaiah eventually became the head of David’s son Solomon’s army (1 Kings 2: 35). He is one of the only mighty men to finish strong.
Benaiah struck three types of people with the sword (1 Kings2):
Adonijah – those who threaten the father’s vision & interests
Joab – those who betray and double-cross the father