1 Samuel 22:1-2 – That Meeting In A Dark Cave That Changes Everything…Everything!

Posted: March 23, 2018 in 09-1 Samuel
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1 Samuel 22:1-2
David at the Cave of Adullam

You know, if you follow my blog, I typically open up an examination of each passage we do together with an illustration from my own life, the life of someone I know, something happening in the world right now. That’s my pattern….illustration, scriptural passage, driving the point of the illustration and the passage in my conclusion. That’s just the way I do it typically. Today’s different though. Today’s passage calls for a different approach to what I want to write. There’s a message in that too. This short passage is about breaking with the pattern we have been following…

Today’s passage is just two verses. But in these two verses, we have power packed into two verses. We have a great example of what God does even with the most unexpected. Like He did with this band of rag-tag misfits here with David in the cave. They were nothing individually. They came from all different walks of life. None of them probably knew many of the others in the cave. But they were drawn by the promise that David represented. They were tired of the old ways and wanted something new. They were brought together by hope. They were brought together by the idea that their station in life could be changed forever. David represented those things to them.

Isn’t funny how similar these men being drawn to David is to how Jesus works. He draws together people that otherwise would not have anything to do with each other. In Christ, we cross boundaries with people that we would normally not cross. Jesus brings together the rich and the poor, black and white, hungry and the well-fed, Americans and people from all other nations. We have something in common. Jesus Christ. That’s all these guys in this cave had. They had David in common. That’s all. And here in this cave is the beginning of the greatness of Israel. And in the caves of our lives where we come together with Jesus, greatness begins…

That’s why I stopped with the 2nd verse of Chapter 22 of 1 Samuel as to what I wanted to write about this morning. Just these two verses captivated me when I thought about what these men become under the leadership of David. Their lives were changed forever by coming to this cave and meeting David. That was the idea. How similar this meeting with David changed their lives even though it was in a dark dank cave is to the way we usually come to Jesus…in a dark dank part of our lives where we see that we need something new, where we need new hope, where we need something greater than ourselves, where we need Jesus. Let’s read these two short verses now:

Chapter 22
1 So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. 2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.

In this very short passage (only two verses), we see that those who were discontented, in trouble, or in debt joined David who himself was an outlaw. These people were outcasts and could only improve their lot by helping David become king. David’s control over this rag-tag band of men again shows what a skillful leader David was and what a great motivator he was. It is difficult enough to build an army out of committed soldiers much less a rag-tag group of discontented men as David had at his disposal here. Surprisingly, this group became something special and formed the core of David’s military leadership after he ascended to the throne. Through the leadership of David, these men became a well-oiled military machine. Through his leadership, these men became far beyond what they could have ever been on their own before. Through David’s leadership, these guys forged Israel into a great nation. Sitting here in this cave, a bunch of misfits, they could have never seen that at this time. But they came under the leadership of a man after God’s own heart.

It kind of reminds of the rag-tag bunch of misfits and discontents that were Jesus’ disciples. The only formally educated one among them was Judas (and we know how that turned out). The others were uneducated, non-religious, common men. Most were fishermen by trade, one was a tax collector franchisee and none were religious scholars who worked at the temple or even a local synagogue. They weren’t formally trained in the study of the Old Testament books. They were just a rag-tag bunch of guys that probably in the absence of Jesus would have never associated with some of the others in the group or would have never been introduced at the least. They were looked down upon as preachers of the gospel by the religious elite who had spent their entire lives in service to the temple or a local synagogue. They did not know what to make of these second career guys. But with and through Jesus, they become the most amazing men this world has ever known. In the absence of these men, our faith would probably still be a nice little sect of Judaism that did not reach outside of Palestine. Through their training under Jesus, they changed the world. Through Jesus, these guys did what they could never have dreamed of doing on their own. But they came under the leadership of God’s own Son.

It kind of reminds me of the fact that before I met Jesus Christ myself that I was but filthy rags before Him. Before I met Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, I was an outlaw. I was morally bankrupt. I was self-centered. I was looking out only for myself. Before I met Jesus Christ as my Savior, I would have never dreamed or, as we Southerners sometimes say, I would have never “thunk” that one day I would be a minister of the gospel. Sure, I am not the lead pastor or senior pastor but I am a pastor now and that is simply by the grace of God. That I am part of a pastoral team compared to who I used to be is an amazing journey and an amazing testimony to the leadership of Jesus Christ in my life. He has molded me through the Holy Spirit into desiring what He desires. I am not perfect by any means but chasing after Jesus is the passion of my life. I may not say it like lifetime preachers say it. I may not drop bible verses like leaves off a tree in the fall. I may not have specific verses at the ready always to match a situation (I often after a situation say…man, I shoulda quoted that verse right there in that moment…that would have been perfect). I may get extremely nervous speaking and preaching because of lack of practice but, man, do I love my Jesus and what He has done in my life. When people ask me why I “gave up” my lucrative job in the secular world, I say I didn’t give up anything I gained working full-time under the leadership of the greatest leader of all time, Jesus Christ. I didn’t give up anything. I gained. Jesus took me and molded me into a man that loves Him and wants to serve Him to make His kingdom great. Amazing!

Amen and Amen.

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