God considered it important to list the names of these heroes and to preserve them. With very few exceptions we only know their names, but God knows exactly what they did for David and for Him. In this way God also keeps His registers today. There are deeds that stand out, while countless other deeds remained concealed. However, God knows how to appreciate every heroic act and to reward it in His time (cf. Mt 25:14-2314“For [it is] just like a man [about] to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.15To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.16Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.17In the same manner the one who [had received] the two [talents] gained two more.18But he who received the one [talent] went away, and dug [a hole] in the ground and hid his master’s money.19“Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them.20The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’22“Also the one who [had received] the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’; Lk 19:11-1911While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.12So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and [then] return.13And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business [with this] until I come [back].’14But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’15When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.16The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’17And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’18The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’19And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’). God rewards according to faithfulness, not according to the greatness of the deed.
We have several lists in which believers are mentioned, sometimes with mention of deeds. In the list of heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 first many names are mentioned, but at the end there are no more names, there we only read about deeds (Heb 11:1-401Now faith is the assurance of [things] hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.2For by it the men of old gained approval.3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.4By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.6And without faith it is impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.7By faith Noah, being warned [by God] about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.9By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign [land], dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;10for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.11By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.12Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, [as many descendants] as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.13All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.14For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.15And indeed if they had been thinking of that [country] from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.16But as it is, they desire a better [country], that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten [son];18[it was he] to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.”19He considered that God is able to raise [people] even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.21By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, [leaning] on the top of his staff.22By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,25choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,26considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.29By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though [they were passing] through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.31By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.32And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,33who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed [acts of] righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.35Women received [back] their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;36and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated38([men] of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.39And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,40because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.). See also the list of names in Romans 16, where Paul mentions believers, sometimes with, sometimes without an addition (Rom 16:1-161I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea;2that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.3Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,4who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;5also [greet] the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.6Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.7Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.8Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.9Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.10Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the [household] of Aristobulus.11Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the [household] of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.12Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord.13Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them.15Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.16Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.). This is also the case with the disciples of the Lord Jesus. Of some we know a lot, of others less, of a few only the name. But they were with the Lord and followed Him. That He remembers and will reward.
Some names of the list are known to us. We know the first name, Asahel. He is called the brother of Joab. This makes it all the more striking that apart from this mention to make it clear which Asahel it is about, the name of the honorary Joab does not appear on the list as David’s hero.
A remarkable, well-known name on the list is that of Uriah (verse 4141Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,). David killed him to own his wife, Bathsheba (2Sam 11:14-17,22-2714Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah.15He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”16So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there [were] valiant men.17The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.22So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him [to tell].23The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.24Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”25Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it’; and [so] encourage him.”26Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.27When the [time of] mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.). We should not be surprised that his name is mentioned. He has shown great loyalty to David.