B is for Benaiah {Man of Valor!}

Who is your favorite Superhero? 

I can remember when I was a little girl hurrying to get ready for bed so that I could sit on the couch with my dad and watch Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk. Those were my favorites! Both had awesome powers and who wouldn’t want an invisible plane? I want to introduce you to a new Superhero. This man is not well known, but the more I learn about him, the more I respect him. His
name was Benaiah.

A study of Benaiah for children #biblestudy
And not *just* Benaiah, but he is known in the scriptures as Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a priest. For those of you who follow my blog, you know that I take the names of people in the Word seriously. Names were so important! And Benaiah’s was no different. Benaiah means God Builds or Yahweh has Built. His father’s name, Jehoiada, means God knows, or Yahweh has Known. So why are these names significant? Well, you have to know the story of Benaiah.

The Story of Benaiah:

The few verses that speak about this man are scattered amongst the history found in 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and 1 Kings. David was on the run from King Saul who, in jealousy, wanted to see him dead. While hiding in the caves, four hundred men joined David. Of the four hundred, thirty became the “mighty men” of David and one of them was named, Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. The scriptures describe Benaiah this way: most honored and mighty in deeds. The verses also tell us that he struck down two men of Moab, killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day, and that he killed an Egyptian, about the size of Goliath, with the Egyptian’s own spear. {1 Chronicles 11:22-25}

Doesn’t that sound “Superhero-ish”? 

And it’s because of these great feats that David placed Benaiah over his own bodyguard.

Let’s move forward in history to when David became king over all of Israel. 2 Samuel 23:20-23 tells us that David placed Benaiah over the Cherethites and Pelethites of the army of Israel. These two groups may have been elite mercenaries hired to be the body guards of King David. Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, must have been a physically strong, trustworthy, and courageous man. He had been honored among the thirty and he had been honored by the King. But Benaiah’s story continues. He served King David all forty years he was on the throne. And when David was old, his son Adonijah committed treason by attempting to take the throne before his father’s death. Not only this, but he had encouraged many of King David’s sons and leaders to be on his side. The King called in three people to help him: Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah. David sent these three trusted men with Solomon to anoint him as the new king. And then Benaiah spoke!! Read what this Man of Valor said:

Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!” ~ 1 Kings 1:36-37

By this man’s words you can tell he believed God’s hand was on Israel. I have a feeling, with his dad having been a priest, that Benaiah had been taught the scriptures. And his words were prophetic because Solomon’s kingdom DID end up being greater than David’s. You can also tell that Benaiah was loyal to his king and that he recognized the fact that God was the One who placed David, and now Solomon, on the throne. So Zadok, Nathan, and Benaiah anointed Solomon and declared his kingship to the nation. Needless to say, Adonijah was now out of luck. No kingdom for him. And he knew Solomon would be after him. Joab, who had been David’s right hand man for over 40 years, had helped Adonijah and he heard the horns being blown. Verses 49 and 50 say it all: At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. Adonijah fled to the tabernacle and held on for dear life to those horns of the altar! Eventually he prostrated himself before King Solomon and was forgiven, but on his deathbed David basically told Solomon to make a wise decision concerning Joab and his treachery. Solomon was king and Adonijah made one last mistake. By going against the king, he sealed his fate and Joab was not protected anymore either. Solomon became enraged and guess who he called? Benaiah! I think this may be the point when King Solomon decided to test Benaiah’s loyalty. King Solomon told Benaiah to kill Adonijah and Joab. And he did. Benaiah obeyed the king. Then King Solomon placed Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, over the armies of Israel. {1 Kings 2}

Life Application of Benaiah’s Story for Children:

Remember what the names meant? Benaiah means God Builds or Yahweh has Built. His father’s name, Jehoiada, means God knows, or Yahweh has Known. Remember what Benaiah told King David? “Make his throne even greater…” Benaiah knew that God knew what He was doing when it came to building the kingdom of Israel. When David ran from Saul, Benaiah supported David. When his king needed hard kingdom building actions completed, Benaiah didn’t ask questions. He knew that God had the right man on the throne and he knew that God was building a mighty kingdom. How about you? Do you know that God is building His church daily? And like Benaiah, children of all ages can be used by God to build His church!

Benaiah 2

Parents, children have great power in the kingdom of God.

They ask hard, honest questions. They speak freely about Jesus. And they LOVE to ask friends to come to church events! What kid wouldn’t want to be a Superhero to a friend? But we must support the efforts of our children. We must be willing to go out of our way to pick up a friend to bring him to church. We must be willing to encourage our children to share the gospel. And we must be willing to talk with other parents about salvation if their children decide to believe. Benaiah is a great example of a Superhero. Why? Because he completed great feats. Because he fought for a King who was worth everything he had. Because others saw something in him and they called him valiant. Parents, WE need to be Superheros for Jesus so our kids know how to be Superheros. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can complete amazing feats. We serve God, and His Son Jesus, Who is worth everything we have. And others should be able to watch us and see that something is different about us. Are you valiant for Jesus? Are you helping to build the church?

How are you helping your children to be Kingdom Builders?


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businesscardheadshotAnne Marie is an Austenite and the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. She is a southern belle who is married to her Mr. Darcy. They have three of the silliest children in South Carolina. Anne Marie has a passion for Bible study and teaching the Word to adults and children. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found for FREE on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.


  1. I must be missing it, but how do I print the packet for B is for Benaiah? We did the A is for Adam packet and it worked great. We even did the puppet show with my 5, 8 and 11 year olds and posted it on YouTube!! So, we are ready for the letter B!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Adam and Eve packet! Unfortunately, not every letter will include a printable packet. Some weeks, the lessons are just laid out (like in this one) to give you ideas for discussion points, etc. I do hope that you will still follow along! There is a printable pack for weeks D(David and Goliath), E(Esther), and F(Flood-Noah). I’d love to see your YouTube puppet show!

  2. Anybody find anything to make our own booklets about benaiah?

  3. This is awesome. I had not heard this name before so I am glad you shared it with #SocialButterflySunday, and I was able to learn a new Biblical story! Hope you will link up again this week 🙂

  4. I named my son after Benaiah. It was such a strong name and I loved the meaning. We have yet to meet another Benaiah. He just turned 6 this past October.


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