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04
March
2011

King David - Save with him

Safe with him

King David offered safety to those with him, even those in his neighborhood. Examples:
- To the 400 man who joined him when he was hiding in a cave from Saul, who was trying to kill him. These were the man who under David's leadership later became David's Heros (2 Samuel 23:8-39, amongst other passages). And he brought his parents to safety elsewhere. 1 Samuel 22: 1-5 tells us:
1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4 ... 5 But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.

- In the story of Abiathar, 1 Samuel 22, even thought David himself was hiding for Saul. Notice the following verses:
20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. ... 23 Stay with me; don't be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be  s a f e  with me.”

- In the story of Abigail, David and his man were a wall to the servants of her husband, 1 Samuel 25, as we can read in the following verses:
15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a w a l l around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 
Often they say about the military, that they are standing on the walls so the rest of the people can be safe. Of these man it is written, they were the wall.

- In the case of Ittai that wanted to join King David when he was fleeing Jerusalem because his son Absalom wanted to kill him to become king, 2 Samuel 15:19-22:
19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. 20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the LORD show you kindness and faithfulness.”
21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”
22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.
This passage also shows King David's treatment of non-Israelites, who because of that became loyal to him.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David