So David set out, and the six hundred men who were with him, and they came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed. But David pursued, he and four hundred men. Two hundred stayed behind, who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor.
They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. And they gave him bread and he ate. They gave him water to drink, and they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. And when he had eaten, his spirit revived, for he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights. And David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?” He said, “I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite, and my master left me behind because I fell sick three days ago. We had made a raid against the Negeb of the Cherethites and against that which belongs to Judah and against the Negeb of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire.” And David said to him, “Will you take me down to this band?” And he said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will take you down to this band.”
Comment: Reading this is a bit like watching a TV drama.
- Six hundred of the already fairly exhausted band of David’s men set out to chase and recapture their families and goods.
- Two hundred, completely whacked can’t face the flowing river at Besor and are left behind.
- You can picture this old deserted, about to die, Egyptian slave, coaxed back to life as hopefully a significant source of information.
- ‘I’ll help you if you do the right thing by me’, he says when resuscitated.
- So David and his band are given the details they need to hopefully succeed in their mission.
- Is it too imaginative to think that maybe God had something to do with the Egyptian’s story?
Prayer: Thank You for those interesting experiences in our lives, which make us wonder what is happening from Your side, O God!
One thought on “1 Samuel 30: 9-15….Interesting!”
Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. It reminds me of the line from many movies, “Take me to your leader!” God used this left behind sick and dying young Egyptian to give David and his men the exact information they needed. They fed him and gave him water to drink, and he gave them the information they needed. Once again God works in a mysterious way. God bless you.