THE POWER OF FEW-2
1 Samuel 17:28 “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? And with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.”
We concluded yesterday that God and Eliab had met before, and he disappointed God. We don’t know the number of times they had met but something was wrong with the choice of Eliab.
Our focal scripture gave us a clue to why God refused him. It was all about his value system. Hear him:
1 Samuel 17:28 “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and WITH WHOM HAST THOU LEFT THOSE FEW SHEEP IN THE WILDERNESS?…”
Eliab called his father’s business small! As a matter of fact, the Hebrew word “few” as used by Elaib here is translated to mean; “little”, “bring to nothing”, “to decrease”, “diminish”, “of no significance”.
Can you imagine that? His value and estimation of his father’s business was wrong. He calls his father’s sheep few. He doesn’t see it as a good business or growing business, no wonder the bible never recorded that he took the sheep for grazing.
He felt the business has no future, and saw it as having no significance. In his heart; he thinks the business will diminish and come to nothing. He gave the business no chance.
Eliab saw himself as being too big for such business. Whatever you call few or small will never multiply. Eliab didn’t know that God starts everything from a tiny seed which then multiplies. His value system was completely wrong.
He lacked an understanding of the power of few. He despised the days of small beginnings! He violated a major law of life.
To be continued…
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