The “begats” finally let up after chapter 9 and now the book of 1 Chronicles is giving a history of King David and Solomon. The stories that I’ve read about in 1 Chronicles sound like they belong in an old book of legends like “The Adventures of Robin Hood” or “King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table” because there’s all sorts of battles that are recorded and deeds done by “mighty men.” The best story is one about three mighty men who overheard King David say how much he longed to have a drink from the spring of water in Jerusalem but the Philistines held the city and it was impossible (1 Chronicles 11:15-19). Not for these nameless three mighty men! They came together and broke through the stronghold of the Philistines to get the spring water and returned, unscathed, to King David and offered the water to him.
King David didn’t say “Thank you” to these three mighty men and then took a drink, maybe offering the three men a taste for their trouble. I would have done that. No, King David showed why he was a king, he took the spring water and poured it out to the Lord. What a striking way to acknowledge God. David took what he wanted the most, a drink from a spring in Jerusalem, and sacrificed it to God. What an example of humility and sacrifice to God.
When I get a gift that I’ve longed for, my first thought is how much I will enjoy it, how much I deserve it. King David shows us an example of how to be unselfish and how to give freely. It’s also interesting that the three mighty men are anonymous, their deeds certainly deserve to be recorded, breaking through the Philistine’s stronghold and bringing back water is a notable act. But their names weren’t recorded in the account in 1 Chronicles. Being nameless emphasizes their actions were to honor their king and not bring honor to themselves. It’s another example of selflessness, honoring someone else above yourself.