My Simba. 🦁
We have a very special bond. The kid makes me laugh when I feel like crying...He's the most mild mannered child I've ever met! He's laid back & super silly...& when the twins were first born and taken to the NICU his hands were so small but he had the tightest grip on my finger & wouldn't let me go. 💛 I knew then that naming him " #Benaiah" ( #Hebrew: בניהו, "Yahweh delivers", "the son of #Yahweh builds up) was a great a choice because he would live up to it. #leo #boy #twinYou’ll eventually hear someone bring up Benaiah, the man in the #biblewho killed a #lionin a pit on a snowy day. It’s pretty #legendary, but it’s not the only crazy accomplishment Benaiah pulled off. He's a cool background #characterthat’s only mentioned a few times in the Bible, but whenever he shows up, he’s doing something #incredible!
Benaiah was in charge of David’s guard... #POTUS has the Secret Service, & #davidhad a personal guard as well. Benaiah was honored among David’s mighty men, so David put him over all of the #bodyguards. David had high profile enemies so Benaiah had to be extremely #strong! He was the overseer of the #cherethites& #pelethites- non #jewishmercenary forces who fought for David. His #fatherwas a #priestso Benaiah was from the #TribeOfLevi, & a descendant of #Aaron. His grandfather was a valiant man. Back to the lion...So he kills this lion in a pit on a snowy day but there’s more to it than that. Right before the lion, he killed two Moabite heroes (Ariel) (Sons of Ariel aka “lion,” aryeh. The KJV translates Ariel as “lionlike men.” “Benaiah was a mighty man. He killed two heroes that were as strong and brave as lions. He also killed an #egyptiangiant who was about 7 feet tall. The Egyptian had an enormous spear and Benaiah had nothing but a little club. Benaiah just snatched the spear from the Egyptian & killed him with it...Benaiah made Solomon King...& not everyone was rooting for Solomon but Benaiah was a loyal man to David so he fully backed Solomon and killed off the men who opposed Solomon.
Lastly, Benaiah became Solomon’s general.
Having secured the throne for Solomon, Benaiah received a place of even higher honor in the kingdom. 🙏