David and his men pressed on.
Two hundred were exhausted and could not proceed.
They remained by the creek.
Four hundred more pursued the enemy that had taken their families and burned their dwellings.
Now they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David,
and gave him bread and he ate, and they provided him water to drink.
They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights.
David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?”
And he said, “I am a young man of Egypt, a servant of an Amalekite;
and my master left me behind when I fell sick three days ago.
“We made a raid on the Negev of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah,
and on the Negev of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire.”
Then David said to him, “Will you bring me down to this band?”
And he said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this band.”
An abandoned slave had been found.
David wanted information from him.
The man wanted protection.
They seemed to reach an agreement.
There are at least a couple of things for us to see here.
- The state of the world at that time…same as today…
- when he became sick, he was simply thrown away…left behind…disposed
- he was without sustenance for three days/nights…serious condition
(2) David is a picture of the Lord
- note what David did for the man…
- brought him out of the field
- gave him bread, he ate
- gave him drink
- gave him a fig cake and two clusters of raisins, he ate
- the man was then revived…”revived” means “his spirit returned to him”
The Lord does/did the same for us.
He rescued us when we were dead in sins.
He revived us as the Bread of Life and Well of True Water.
The Lord gives life.
The Lord used a rejected slave to guide David.
He used David to revive/protect the slave.
He does the same today.