Some of the more inspiring stories we read or hear are those concerning someone so completely devoted to something bigger than themselves that they’re willing to risk their very lives for it. Banaiah is an example of such devotion.
Banaiah was from Kabzeel, a town in southern Judah. He was the son of Jehoiada. The only other info we have about Banaiah surrounds what he did.
As one of David’s mightiest warriors, he killed 2 of Moab’s best men. Then, sometime later, he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. Then, sometime still later, he disarmed a huge Egyptian and killed him with his own weapon (2Sam. 23:20-23). Any one of these would have been a once-in-a-lifetime achievement/feat; Banaiah did all 3!
David surrounded himself with powerful warriors, whose accounts of personal accomplishments are remarkable. They were skilled in battle, but their most valuable trait to David was their loyalty. And Banaiah seems to have been a step above most in loyalty.
Probably as a reward for his bravery and wholehearted devotion, King David put Banaiah in charge of his bodyguards, where Banaiah continued to show his loyalty to David. When Adonijah set himself up to be king instead of Solomon, David’s choice, Banaiah and his bodyguard unit were not invited to the coronation ceremony; it was, evidently, widely known that Banaiah would always stand by David and his decisions.
Banaiah watched David remain true to God, and he was determined to be true to David.
When we determine a leader to be a faithful follower of Christ, who is trying to do as God would have him do, we should show our allegiance and support to/with him.
When is the last time you showed your appreciation to a leader – in your community, your church, your family, your workplace, etc. – who made a tough decision of/in faith?
* We owe our loyalty to Christ and to those who truly serve Him.
Banaiah’s loyalty to David continued even under Solomon, who David appointed to follow him as king. Banaiah faithfully and bravely carried out Solomon’s orders to strike down Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei for their disloyalty to David, and he, himself, replaced Joab as the commander over the whole army.
You can read Banaiah’s story in 2Samuel 8:18; 20:23; 23:20-23; 1Kings 1,2; 1Chronicles 11:22-25; 27:5,6.