8These are the names of the warriors whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the Three; he wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.9Next to him among the three warriors was Eleazar son of Dodo son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle. The Israelites withdrew,10but he stood his ground. He struck down the Philistines until his arm grew weary, though his hand clung to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. Then the people came back to him--but only to strip the dead.
11Next to him was Shammah son of Agee, the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the army fled from the Philistines. 12But he took his stand in the middle of the plot, defended it, and killed the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory.
13Towards the beginning of harvest three of the thirty chiefs went down to join David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 14David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 15David said longingly, "O that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!" 16Then the three warriors broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it; he poured it out to the Lord, 17for he said, "The Lord forbid that I should do this. Can I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?" Therefore he would not drink it. The three warriors did these things.
18Now Abishai son of Zeruiah, the brother of Joab, was chief of the Thirty. With his spear he fought against three hundred men and killed them, and won a name beside the Three. (2 Samuel 23:8-18)
In this passage we read of the exploits of David's mighty men. Some were related; some were in trouble with the law. Most likely, none of them would have chosen to hang out together. Yet they did. David built them into a team that was amazingly efficient at what it did.
As a group:
1. Read the passage.
2. What did the mighty men have in common?
3. What were they committed to?
Reflect individually or in small groups:
1. How do you think David brought out the best in these men?
2. How has consistory been a good team to be part of?
3. What one or two things could you do to strengthen the consistory team?
Pray together, as a whole consistory. Sample prayer:
God, you have called each one of us to serve on consistory at this time. What a humbling honor. Please knit us together as David did his mighty men so that you might be glorified. Amen.