Benaiah… The Lion Chaser.


My son Benaiah was dedicated at my church today it was pretty cool…

People have been asking the story behind the name. To be honest first we found the name and then we found the story, but once we found the story we were always going to have Benaiah as our sons name.

If you look at 2 Samuel 23:20-21 you will start to see a glimpse of this warrior named Benaiah.

20 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. 21 Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. –

New Living Translation (NLT)

There are so many things I love about this story. This was a guy who wasn’t going to let fear hold him back…

I mean this guy killed a lion, with his bare hands… but not just that, on a snowy day… everything was in the lions favour, Benaiah would have had uncertain footing due to the snow on the ground, and this was a large four-legged beast that was known for tearing people limb from limb… I mean he wasn’t a herbivore was he?

I don’t know why Benaiah chose to chase down that lion that day but I could imagine it being to protect his village or something similar. The Bible said he chased down the lion into a pit… he chased  the lion… he wasn’t going to back down from his fear. I know that I would have run the other way… but Benaiah wasn’t like that – he was going to chase down his fears.

If you dig a bit deeper you find that Benaiahs dad was a priest so he had some background about the God that looked after him… and the above segment in Samuel was taken from a segment called David’s Mighty Men… he was one of 30 of Davids most trusted and is singled out by the text for being a particularly great warrior, as famous as The Three, and significantly more respected than any of The Thirty, for which reason he was put in charge of the royal bodyguard.

These two things make me wonder if these sort of things made Benaiah so great within his peers?

He had a background that meant he grew up with a strong faith… how important is teaching your children to be reliant on God

Proverbs 22:6

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

The other thing is that he would have grown up with the stories of David, killing Goliath with a couple of stones and a sling… or the lions and bears that David killed as a shepard boy… and it makes me wonder about the role models in my own kids lives.

Who are they looking to as someone who will speak things into their lives… postive things… uplifting things… You see David would have been the perfect person for a boy like Benaiah growing up, he grew up with very little, he was almost the forgotten kid of the family but because of his faith he became a famous warrior and king.

And so with 4 kids we decided to have our 5 child named Benaiah… Everyone said we were crazy, but we had a sense that God was greater than our fears and he would make this work… not in some pie in the sky type of thing…. but a real hands on, real tangiable type of thing.

We were NOT going to be held back by fear.

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.

John Cardinal Newman


2 thoughts on “Benaiah… The Lion Chaser.

  1. Dear Mother of Benaiah,
    I am also a mom of a Benaiah. Our son is now 14. My husband had read that passage while he was in high school, and loved the story of Benaiah’s bravery, and he wanted to name on of his sons after that great warrior. But, if you haven’t yet seen it, read the end of David’s life and the beginning of Solomon’s reign… the transition, and what it tells MORE about Benaiah. He was so loyal and faithful that Solomon chose him to be the one to settle some scores as he started to reign, and put him in charge of of the “host”, which I believe means the army.
    Anyway, it is a really near name!
    Congratulations on your little son’s name! =)

  2. We have a precious little one year old grandson named Benaiah whose brother is named Gideon. They are already learning about who they were named after.

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