“Wicked and Worthless”
“Wicked and Worthless”
David and his men had been victorious.
They had recovered their families.
They had recovered their stuff.
They had defeated the enemy.
They were now on their way back…home.
They stop off at the creek to pick up the two hundred who had remained behind…
When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them.
Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.”
Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us.
“And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.”
So it has been from that day forward,
that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.
Note who initiated the problem - wicked and worthless men.
David had wicked and worthless men with him.
Remember, the initial men that joined David were from his family.
Then, those who were “in debt, distressed and discontented” joined. (1 Sam 22:2)
Totally 400 men.
Now David had 600 men.
There would be some wicked and worthless.
The same occurs today in the organizational church.
There will be those who profess faith and belief, yet they are wicked and worthless.
They are tares.
Many are in leadership.
We can/will know them by their fruit.
The wicked/worthless with David wanted to withhold any spoils from those who had been too exhausted to press on in the fight.
David said “no”.
He then established a principle for Israel from that day forward…”for as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.”
We are all together in the faith and in the battle.
We stand together.
We deal with the wicked/worthless.
We press on!