Adversaries

How do we treat our team? How do we treat our family? Do we make “things” more important than them? Or, do we take care of them – even if it means we will miss out on some “thing?”

The Amalekites made “things” more important than “people.”

One Amalekite threw away the Egyptian slave when he was no longer of service to him. If he had kept his servant, and taken care of him, the outcome would have been different. They thought David wouldn’t find them and they were celebrating. The Egyptian took David right to them.

The Amalekites took everything, small and great; but, those who survived left everything, (see 1 Samuel 30:17-19). David brought it all back!

How did David treat his men?

Psalms 35: 1, 3, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with my adversaries . . .But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returns to my own heart.” Modern English Version

 

“An appeal to the heavenly King, as divine Warrior and Judge, to come to the defense of ‘his servant’ (v. 27) who is being maliciously slandered by those toward whom he had shown only the most tender friendship.” New International Version Study Bible Note on Psalms 35

David’s adversaries were his own men and family, (see 1 Samuel 22:1, 2). He cared for his men. How did they treat him? They talked of stoning him, (see 1 Samuel 30:6).

How did David respond?

  1. He encouraged himself in the Lord, 30:6.
  2. He asked God for direction, 30:7, 8.
  3. He led his men, as usual, 30:9.
  4. He cared for his men, leaving the exhausted by the brook, 30:10.
  5. He shared the spoils equally among them, 30:21-26.

“A prayer for God to deliver him from false accusers.” New International Version Note on Psalms 109

 

Psalms 109:31, “For He stands at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.” Modern English Version

How did Jesus instruct us to treat all men?

 

Matthew 5:43-45, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies bless those who curse you, do good to those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Modern English Version

Luke 6:31, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Modern English Version

Dear Father God,

Thank you for the reminder that people are more important than things. Someday, we may need help. Show us those we can help.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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