Distressed, Debtors, and Discontented

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.  And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

I Samuel 22:1-2

As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus pictured in verse 2.  The people who were in distress and in debt and discontented gathered themselves to David.  They came and found him in a cave and stayed with him.  It also tells us that he became a captain to them.  These are not men who one would normally think of as being “an army” or “a regiment”.  These were the outcasts of society.  These were not the great men of valour or strength and they were not the rich and powerful men of the day.  They were drifters and debtors and discontented men.  But they saw something in David that drew them.  Maybe no one else would take them in.  Maybe no one else cared about them.  But David became their Captain.

In the same way, the Lord Jesus Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost”.  He didn’t come to help the people who didn’t want Him and who didn’t think they needed Him.  He came to save and to help sinners.  He came to help those who owed a debt a sin that they knew they could not pay.  He came to help the distressed and the downtrodden.  He attracted the same type of people that David did in this verse.  And He became a Captain to them.  What a great parallel and what a great encouragement to come to Him and join ourselves to Him!

2 responses to this post.

  1. “He didn’t come to help the people who didn’t want Him and who didn’t think they needed Him.”

    Ben, Isn’t this true even today? Jesus does not beckon those who don’t think they need Him. We are all sinners and all, in reality, need Christ. But not everyone wants to be changed by His grace and many think they are really good people who don’t need a savior. I am thankful I have not been so deluded. Peace, Linda


    • I think it is completely true today, maybe more than ever. I just read a quote the other day that said something like “the first step toward being saved is realizing that you need to be saved and can’t save yourself”. So many people have, like you said, sadly been deluded into thinking that they are good people who don’t need Him. Every day, I feel the need to ask for forgiveness and am keenly aware of my vast failures. But I am thankful that He has made me aware of those failures, and has given me the opportunity to confess them to Him.


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