Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30.21-31
1 Samuel 30.21-31
When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.” 23 Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. 24 And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.” 25 So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day. 26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, “Behold, a gift for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord: 27 to those who were in Bethel, and to those who were in Ramoth of the Negev, and to those who were in Jattir, 28 and to those who were in Aroer, and to those who were in Siphmoth, and to those who were in Eshtemoa, 29 and to those who were in Racal, and to those who were in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to those who were in the cities of the Kenites, 30 and to those who were in Hormah, and to those who were in Bor-ashan, and to those who were in Athach, 31 and to those who were in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were accustomed to go.”
Today we conclude the story of David’s encounter with the Amalekites with the telling of his triumphant return after his victory. Remember from earlier in the story David had left 200 men behind because they were too tired to keep up. Today’s conclusion has a large group of David’s men complaining that those guys should not be included in sharing the spoils from David’s victory. But David being a man of God’s own heart ordered that all men should have a share as they were one body.
Today let us walk away with these questions and thoughts: How are these characters like us: the men left behind, the men not wanting to share, and David? Paul told Timothy that the love of money causes all sorts of trouble, do you agree? Jesus told us that we cannot serve two masters and we should store up our treasure in heaven. Where were these folks storing up their treasure and who was their master? And finally the church history found in Acts 2 records this same principle of David that of sharing with each other. It is recorded that those with much shared with those in need. Make it our prayer that we may continue to follow this example of showing Christ love through sharing resources and His love with others.
Weekly Memory Verse: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12