“Go and Pass Over”

September 21, 2018

“Go and Pass Over”

Blessings folk!

David had been informed that Absalom, his son, was coming to Jerusalem to overthrow him.

David, his men, his servants, and his household prepared to flee.

Note the King’s heart, especially related to Ittai the Gittite.

2 Sa 15:19-23

Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why will you also go with us? Return and remain with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile; return to your own place.

“You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander with us, while I go where I will? Return and take back your brothers; mercy and truth be with you.”

But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely wherever my lord the king may be, whether for death or for life, there also your servant will be.”

Therefore David said to Ittai, “Go and pass over.”
So Ittai the Gittite passed over with all his men and all the little ones who were with him.

While all the country was weeping with a loud voice, all the people passed over. The king also passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.

David sought to set Ittai free of any burden of going with them.
Ittai was a foreigner, so there was no need for him to depart with David.
Yet, Ittai chose to stay with his master, David.
He, his men and his children went with David.
They did not abandon him in time of trouble.

The people began to pass over the brook of Kidron.
They were leaving Jerusalem.
Great weeping with a loud voice show the despair of the moment.

To the wilderness they went.

David had fled from Saul, his father-in-law…into the wilderness.
Now he was fleeing from Absalom, his son…into the wilderness.

The good news?
The Lord is with us in the wilderness.