SUPER HUMAN PATRIARCHS
From the animated picture above, you will quickly want to relate it with the title of this article, ‘Super Human Patriarchs’. If you were thinking like that then you are on the right path, but a question might be on your mind, which maybe like this, ‘How is ‘Super Man’ related with bible Patriarchs?’. Good question and here is your answer.
Super Humans had always existed from the inception of creation of mankind but there were not referred to as ‘Super Humans’ as for a name, rather the bible referred to them as ‘Mighty Men OR Mighty Men of Valor’.
Now, if you are very familiar with the animation picture above, you would have seen some things and learnt some things from the character in the image, which is, the character is known to be one of the most powerful fiction comical ‘Hero’. Popular for lifting heavy objects, such as cars, houses, drones, airplanes, jets, also known for being indestructible when shot with gun bullets, missiles, rockets, even inside a volcanic sulphur fire, he breathes.
The character is also known for super strength, flight, super speed, super hearing, ground breaking landing, he can blast laser from his eyes, winter from his mouth, and for the record, he can survive any dangerous endeavor but not without a weakness. It is said of the character, that his weakness is a Crypton particle from his planet, a greenish stone, a particle from the crumbs of his destroyed planet. Once he comes in contact with the stone from any close range, he would become very weak. He is also called the ‘Man of Steel’ and several movies had portrayed this character even till date, Super Man, is what I call him. So I believe you’ve met the popular super fiction hero the world calls ‘Super Man’. From the features listed about him; Can you place any of these super human features to anyone in the bible?
Super Human Patriarchs are relevant to the picture in the above image. Patriarchs who lived and did extra-ordinary things like this fiction comic character in the above image will be given a view in this context.
The point here is that there were bible characters that had these features, who were super humans and here are their names, Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah (not the prophet), Hodaviah, Jahdiel, then the Sons of Bela; Ezbon, Uzzi and Uzziel, Jrimoth, Iri, and the sons of Becher; Zemira, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jerimoth, Abiah, Anathoth and Alameth and many more names that I can’t mention here but if you want to see them all, read 1Chronicles 7:1-40.
I will like to focus our attention on the super humans that were mentioned in the bible with details of what they did, especially David and his mighty men. David and his mighty men will be the focus for this context.
‘These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when the defied the Philistines that were gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.’ 2Samuel 23:8-12
We have met three of David’s mighty men and we have seen the extra-ordinary things they have done, but let’s have a closer view.
First is Adino of the tribe of Eznite. Adino a Super Man, that used his spear against 800 men that came against him but he slays all of them. Comic characters like ‘Super Man’ can do things like things and to think that it is impossible that one man can destroy 800 men is not a wise thinking. If Adino can do it, and if a comic character can express this possibility in animation, then we should believe that anything is possible with God.
Eleazar was another Super Man who fought against hundreds of Philistines till his hand was stuck and shaped to the end-handle of his sword. One man defeats hundreds of men, not just men but trained soldiers. I am sure we must have seen some of our favorite actors try to mimic this phenomenon, the like of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Arnold, and many other ‘Action Film’ crooners. They try to mimic the feature of these bible patriarchs, maybe unconsciously but it is always similar, when one man fights against several hundreds and comes out alive.
The third of David’s three mighty men is Shammah, a Super Human who defended Israel his people, against the Philistine who wanted to take forceful ownership of a field filled with food. The field is filled with Lentil, an edible, lens-shaped seed within flattened pods, these seeds are used as food. So he decided to defend it so the Philistines will not take away their food. Thereby, he slay several hundred of Philistine who attempted to take it away.
These three mighty were Chief amongst thirty mighty men. What wonder, David surrounded himself with mighty men apart from the fact that God protected him. Let us not think that this things are not possible in today’s century, the question, is there any need for that? Until there’s a need, I am sure God will raise some people to do such just so that His Will stand. There were other famous mighty men, super human Patriarchs that lived extra-ordinary lives and did extra-ordinary acts. People like Samson, Gideon, Jesus, Peter, Philip, Elijah, Moses, Elisha, Deborah and Abraham and many others. We shall look into them in the next edition. See you soon…
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By; Adedeji Oshigbesan