Who was Abishai in the Bible?

Most great leaders struggle with a few followers who try too hard. For David, Abishai was that kind of follower. Abishai’s fierce loyalty to David had to be kept from becoming destructive since Abishai was too willing to leap to David’s defense. David never put down Abishai’s eager loyalty. Instead he patiently tried to direct its powerful energy. This approach, while not completely successful, saved David’s life on at least one occasion. At three other times, however, Abishai would have killed for the king if David had not stopped him.

Abishai was an excellent soldier, but he was better at taking orders than giving them. When he wasn’t carrying out David’s orders, Abishai was usually under the command of his younger brother Joab. The two brothers helped each other accomplish great military feats as well as shameful acts of violence. Abishai helped Joab murder Abner and Amasa. When he was effective as a leader, he led mostly by example. But too often he didn’t think before he acted.

We should be challenged by Abishai’s admirable qualities of fearlessness and loyalty, but we should be warned by his tendency to act without thinking. It is not enough to be strong and effective, we must also have self-control and wisdom.

Are your actions guided by wisdom from God ? Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?

Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.

Abishai’s story is told in 2 Samuel 2:18 – 23; 19. He is also mentioned in 1 Samuel 26:1 – 13; 1 Chronicles 2:16; 11:20; 18:12; 19:11, 15.

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