Haddon Robinson's Not-So-Blatant Big Idea
Sometimes it's better to hold your big idea until the end.
The High Pitch of Devotion
The story of David, the king of Israel, has ended. The ancient historian concludes it with one of David’s psalms. It is fitting that he would do so. But David was not only a soldier and a statesman and a man who had brilliant strategy, but he was also a singer of great songs. And so it was fitting that David’s psalm would be used to conclude David’s life; and then following the psalm there are David’s words.
But before the historian puts down his pen, before he completes the saga of David’s rule, this reign in which David came to the kingdom and found it sand and left the kingdom marble, the historian wants us to know that David did not fight his battles alone. He wants us to know that there were Knights of the Roundtable, 37 men who fought by his side.
They came to him from every part of the kingdom; in fact, from beyond its borders. They were the ones who fought with him. They were the ones who established the kingdom. They were the ones who extended it to its greatness. And they were the ones who protected David from danger.
Of the 37 men who made up David’s guard, there were three that were David’s chief men. They were like his Three Musketeers. They were the mightiest of the mighty. The strongest of the strong.
The historian tells us that one of them was Abishai. He was evidently David’s minister of war. But this man did not win his stars sitting in a boardroom, planning battles on a map. He won his stars out on the battlefield. Once, we are told, he killed 800 men with a spear. That must be the Olympic record for spearfighting.
The second man that formed that trio was a man by the name of Eleazar, the son of Dodai. Eleazar too was a hard and brilliant ...
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Haddon Robinson was a preacher and teacher of preachers all over the world. His last teaching position was as the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.