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Luke 15:29 “The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends?” (MSG)
…From yesterday…
1 Samuel 23:2 “Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.”
1 Samuel 23:5 “So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.”
A very interesting story (Please study the whole chapter).
David and his men were on the run from King Saul. Saul his formal boss and commander wanted him dead by all means. So David and his men took off to a safe place but on their way he was told that the Philistines have attacked a city not too far from their present location.
The Philistines were God and Israel’s enemy, they wanted destroying Israel by all means. They were all out to destroy, maim and bring to subjection all the kingdoms of the world. But, Israel was not ready to be enslaved by them and had God’s mandate and backing to fight them.
Saul was supposed to also go after the Philistines but by that time he had lost focus and direction and was pursuing David. He was supposed to join forces with David against God’s enemies and their common enemies but he didn’t, (a story for another day), but rather he wanted David’s head.
David enquired from God if he should go after them and was asked to go. He took on the Philistines with his men and resources, without demanding anything in return from the people of Keilah and to God be the glory he won.
He rescued Keilah, the people, animals and their goods. It was a landslide victory and David became an instant hero.
But, few days later…To be continued
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