Benaiah? And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. ~ 1 Chronicles 15:24 Chances are you may have never heard a sermon about Benaiah. You may have never heard of Benaiah period. He wasn’t a David, an Elijah or even a Paul. In fact, he’s mentioned less than fifty times in the Old Testament. So who was this Beniah? He was a faithful servant of God. He was a priest, a trumpet blower before the Ark of the Covenant. He was a worthy man, someone who stood firm when others wavered. To use a football analogy he wasn’t a quarterback, he was one of the guys running interference. It is interesting that Beniah has been given a place in the Bible, but like his place in life, he isn’t one of those men who come immediately to mind when you start thinking Bibilical heroes. There are no songs about Benaiah—he didn’t climb a sycamore tree, or kill a giant. He was just an average Joe, but what a legacy he has left. Beniah is an inspiration. Not all of us are a David, Elijah, or Paul. We may not be the best the strongest the fastest. We may not be a preacher or a teacher or a choir member. We may just be a pew sitter, but, we can be like Benaiah. We can be worthy, loyal, and we can proclaim God’s presence in this world. Like Benaiah, we can be counted faithful. Thank God for the Beniah’s of the world. They are truly inspiring and exemplify the verse Seek ye first the kingdom of God.

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