So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord . “Far be it from me, Lord , to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors. (2 Samuel 23:16-17 NIV)
A lot is made of David and rightly so. There is a lot to his accomplishments and his achievements. One thing that is also to be admired about David is his ability to surround himself with good men. The twenty-third chapter of 2 Samuel reads like a Hall of Fame.
37 men are listed, but three in particular are given prominence.
The highlight of their exploits is around the amazing scene of David being thirsty but surrounded by a host of Philistines. His great three seeing the need of their leader and King overcome the threat before them just to get that drink of water. David’s response in essence immortalised the efforts of the Great Three.
It goes to show that if you display bravery, honour and loyalty it elicits the same from others.
Who would be in your Great Three and why?
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden