Culture of We: US – David’s mighty men (The Three)
Pastor Jason preached last week on the Culture of We: Putting God first.
We looked at the life of Joseph. In Joseph’s life, as with Daniel the week prior, we encounter the life of an individual whom the enemy TRIED to strip of his God given identity. Joseph faced tremendous trials, but despite all of it Joseph chose to put God first.
We have been unpacking the Culture of We – today we will switch from GOD to US.
Pastor Jason gave us a great introduction of what US means within “The Culture of We” back on June 2nd. He covered the meaning of Koinonia.
He said, “’Us’ must be relationship driven – Koinonia means fellowship – Koinonia is the definition of ‘US’”
Today we will unpack The Culture of We: US by looking at an example from the life of some Biblical characters.
2 Samuel 23:13-17 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty—an elite group among David’s fighting men) went down to meet him there. 14 David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem.
15 David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” 16 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. 17 “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.
The book of Samuel introduces us to three main characters: Saul, Samuel and David.
2 Samuel begins after Saul’s death, charting the rise of David as king (Chapters 1-20), and it ends with this great conclusion (Chapters 21- 24, not chronologically) of good and bad things in David’s life. It also provides hope for a future king to come from David’s line.
- So here we are, David is hiding in a cave. This passage does not specify, but this could’ve happened during the time David was running from Saul. Or, shortly after he was made king and the Philistines attacked him.
- 2 Samuel 5:17-18 NLT
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold. 18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim.
- David is in a cave in Adullam somewhere in this area hiding out.
- Our text says that a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem – so they were around here.
- Adullam was roughly 13 miles from Bethlehem
- Now, here come three men who were part of David’s thirty mighty men/warriors.
- It is important to note that these three men are not named but were part of the 30. This can suggest that these were not the three previously mentioned in vv-8-12.
- It was harvest time which meant there had not been any rain. The cisterns were empty, and there was no water available in the cave.
- The three men hear David say, 15 “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.”
- This comment was the beginning of an extraordinary turn of events:
- It is a great picture of the Culture of WE.
- It is a great example of the vital components of creating and having a culture that it’s not focused on SELF but focuses on US.
- This is the type of culture WE ALL want to be part of.
- This is the culture we are establishing at Good News!
- A culture where we pay attention/are sensitive to needs.
- A culture where we eliminate obstacles to meet a need by using our gifts.
- A culture where we care for and honor one another.
- We pay attention
- The three men were more than paying attention to the desire/need of their leader and friend. They were sensitive to it!
- I’m sure 15 “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” was not the only thing David said while these men came down to the cave to visit him.
- However, this is THE ONE thing they focused on. WHY?
- This is because they were about one another. Why? Because they were close enough to hear.
- Proximity is tremendously important.
- We need to allow others in, and we also need to be willing to draw closer to others.
- Pastor Jason shared from Acts 2:42-47 on his message on June 2nd.
- V46 says: ESV 2:46 “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts”
- Do you think they were close enough to hear? Absolutely!
- When we are close, we must pay attention, we must be sensitive to the needs around us.
- Are you aware of the needs of those close to you? What are you doing about it?
- These men where not only aware of the need, they did something about it!
2. We eliminate obstacles
- 16 “So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem”
- In the first three words of verse 16 we find the first thing they did in order to eliminate the obstacle:
- They WENT TOGETHER!
- Unity is one of the most essential components of the Culture of Us!
- WE have a mission to accomplish, and WE will go together!
- There’s another component in order to eliminate the obstacles that threaten the culture of US. They broke through the Philistine lines:
- They did what they were good at. They used their gifts!
- They did this without being asked to do it.
- Not just anyone could have done what they did. They were experienced and talented warriors.
- There are obstacles and limitations that can only be removed by YOU.
- They used what they were good at! What are you good at?
- The Lord has given you talents, gifts and abilities to be used not only for your benefit, but also for the benefit of others – For the benefit of your Good News family, and for the benefit of the people of God!
- Perhaps you have honed your skill. Maybe you have been diligent to steward well the gift God has given you. Or perhaps you have not done so, OR you don’t even KNOW.
- I pray we develop a culture that fosters the growth in our God given talents and gifts. Also, that we would help people discover their gifts and talents.
- By breaking through the Philistine lines, they did what seemed impossible.
- Some of us do nothing because we figure we can’t do the lofty, important things.
- It is important to note that these men did what only they could do, but they also did what anyone else could’ve done, they drew some water from the well.
- Now, how difficult is that in comparison to fighting the Philistines?
- Sure, it took some effort, but it took much less skill and effort. Also, it SURELY cost them less.
- We are all made in God’s likeness, but we have not all been created with the same gifts or talents.
- God doesn’t place importance in the gift, WE DO!
- “Oh, I can’t do what David does, what Aaron does”
- God DOESN’T care about that.
- God places importance in, “Did you do what you I called you to do with what I have so gracefully given you?”
- YOU CAN’T KILL A DETACHMENT OF SOLDIERS WITH TWO OTHER BUDDIES?
- Do something practical then…DRAW SOME WATER!
- Mary, Jesus’ mother, did something that many of ladies have done. She gave birth to a baby boy.
- What was the difference? The difference was the baby!
- God is calling you to do something practical, and then let Him worry about the outcome!
3. We care for and honor one another
- It is not a surprise to any of us that these three mighty warriors cared for and honored their young leader. They demonstrated it not with words, BUT WITH ACTIONS.
- They were willing to sacrifice their lives for what I would consider a ridiculous desire.
- I’m pretty sure there were other wells in the area that would not be as hazardous to my wellbeing!
- I would’ve told David, hey man, pick a different well, that one is TAKEN!
- They didn’t do this. They cared for what David longed for, and they knew that by using their skills to satisfy his desire they would to be SHOWING him how much they cared for and honored him.
- Care and honor is not a one-way street. Look at what David did:
- 16b: “But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord.”
- ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I would have said: “we risked our lives to satisfy your desire, and you dump it on the floor?!”
- These three warriors did not complaint when David poured out the water.
- Why? Because, David’s action said to them, “I care more about you than my own needs and desires”.
- David’s words were: 17 “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.”
- WHAT A POWERFUL STATEMENT!
- David was not rejecting the sacrifice of the men who had gotten water for him.
- By pouring out the water he was pronouncing that their sacrifice was too holy for him to selfishly consume.
- By pouring out the water he was pronouncing that he was not worthy of such sacrifice, but that the Lord was.
- This would not have been the response of leaders in David’s time.
- In David’s time, their followers were their subjects.
- In David’s time, their follower’s lives were at their leader’s disposal.
- David’s actions transcended the mainstream CUTURE of his time.
- David had created a culture that was not about ME, but about US!
- Now that’s the essence of the Culture of US!
- Say: “it’s not about ME, it’s about US!”
- Listen to Jonathan’s words to David when David was running from King Saul as he was trying to kill David.
- 1 Samuel 20:42 (NLT) 42 At last Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn loyalty to each other in the Lord’s name. The Lord is the witness of a bond between us and our children forever.” Then David left, and Jonathan returned to the town.
- When we said YES to Jesus, and when we said YES to being part of His family, we have sworn loyalty to him and to each other.
- I pray that the bond between US will grow in the name of Jesus!
- It’s not about me, but about US!
We are going to pay attention/be sensitive to the needs and desires around US
We are going to eliminate obstacles and limitations by using our gifts and talents
We are going to care and honor those around US
What needs and desires do you see around US?
What gifts and talents has God equipped you with in order to satisfy those needs?
How can you show you care?
- If you feel like Holy Spirit is saying, “place yourself on the altar, IT’S not about you”…come forward
- If you know you need to be more sensitive to the needs of those around you…
- If you want to learn how to care and honor those around you (at work, church, school, home, with friends)…
One thing that’s important to mention is that in this story, the 3 men had access to David and David to them because of relationship.
- It begins with relationship
- You may not be part of the mighty men (women) because you don’t have a relationship with Christ….Come