Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 17:15-29. In this Scripture we see how God provides for David and his men. Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests that Ahithophel advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do one thing, but he had advised them to do something else.
He asked them to send a message at once and tell David not to spend the night in the plains of the wilderness. Instead they were to tell him to cross over the Jordan, or he and all the people with him would be killed.
Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant went to inform them, and they were to go tell King David, because they could not risk being seen in the city.
A young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two men left immediately and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into the well.
His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and put grain on top of it. No one knew anything about it.
When Absalom’s men came to the woman;s house, they asked her where Ahimaaz and Jonathan were. The woman told them that they crossed over the brook. The men searched, but they didn’t find anyone, so they went back to Jerusalem.
When they left, the two men climbed out of the well and went to tell King David. They told him to set out and cross the river at once because Ahithophel had given them advise against you.
So David and all the people with him crossed the Jordan. By morning, no one was left in their camp. Thy had all crossed the Jordan.
When Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went back to his house. He put his house in order and hanged himself. He died and was buried in his father’s tomb.
David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. Absalom appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether, an Ishmaelite, who married Abigail, the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah, the mother of Joab. Absalom and his men camped in Gilead.
When David arrived at Mahanaim, Shobi, the son of Nahash, from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir, the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai, the Gileadite from Rogelim, brought bedding and bowls and pottery.
They also brought food for David and his men to eat including, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, honey, curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk. They knew the people were exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.
I love the way that God provided for David and his men even in the wilderness. They were on the run, but God still provided plenty of food for them to refresh and strengthen their bodies for the battle.
Have you ever been in situations where you wondered if God was going to provide and He came through for you? I sure have.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 17:15-29
15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
20 And when Absalom’s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man’s son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab’s mother.
26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
Things to think about:
- Who was to let David know what was happening?
- What happened to them along the way?
- Where did David and his men go?
- How did God provide for David and his men?
Prayer of the Day:
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You provided for David and his men. It encourages us to see that You are able to provide even in the wilderness. Help us to have the faith to believe that You will always provide our needs. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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