5/10/16: Takes One to Know One


When David had to go on the run from King Saul, the first people who rallied to his support were his family members. The next folks were not necessarily the folks David would have chosen as followers. I Samuel 22:1-2 says, “David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him” (NKJ).

If it’s true that birds of a feature flock together, this ragtag band of followers doesn’t seem to speak too well of David. Look who decided to band with him: those in distress, those in debt, and those who were discontented. Man, what a bunch of complainers!

However, maybe the bird saying is the wrong way to look at it. Perhaps a better cliché would be “it takes one to know one.” Maybe these distressed, discontented debtors felt an affinity with David, knowing he too was distressed and definitely discontented. They also realized David had favor with God and was positioned to be the next king. If we look back a few verses, we see what people were saying about David. “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances saying, ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” I Samuel 21:11 (NKJ)

At times, we may find ourselves in distress, in debt, or in discontent. We cannot, however, allow these problems to cloud our outlook. It’s still important to pay attention to whom we should follow. We are to keep ourselves connected to the King. That’s the only sure way to be sure we’re on the winning side.


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One Response to “5/10/16: Takes One to Know One”

  1. The initial followers of David were his family of origin and people adversely impacted by King Saul. I believe their source of inspiration and unity was allegiance to the one true God and not to King Saul the first king of the Israeli people. If we look to King David’s descendant-Jesus Christ-we understand that His chosen twelve disciples were a rag-tag group of people who jumped at the chance to follow Jesus Christ. By the time of the development of His ministry, His stepfather,Joseph, had disappeared from the scene and His own brothers and sisters did not recognize that He is the Messiah, the chosen one of God. In fact Jesus’ mother and brothers came searching for Him after He actively was healing, performing miracles, and teaching about the Kingdom of God. They believed that He had “lost His mind”. Jesus countered by pointing to His audience and proclaiming anyone who hears my teachings and does the will of God are my brothers and sisters. A quick look at His disciples demonstrates tat He did not choose the well educated or wise (from a human standpoint), but He choose fishermen, a hated tax collector, a zealot who despised Roman rule of the Jewish people and others who had no particular “claim to fame”).

    Jesus Christ plainly stated that He came to seek and save the lost, both Gentiles and Jews, men and women, slaves and free. He came to give His life as a sacrifice for all mankind because His Father truly does not want any to be lost for eternity.

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