You cannot cut off loyalty

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.26.2017 Old Testament: 2Sa 15.19–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 15–16 on April 26, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

When Absalom tried to take the kingdom from his father David, David had to flee, and many followed him, including Ittai,

Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why are you also going with us? Return and remain with the king. For you are a foreigner and also an exile from your own place. In fact, you came only yesterday. Should I make you wander up and down with us today, since I go I know not where? Return, and take your brethren back. 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 in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.” So David said to Ittai, “Go, and cross over.” Then Ittai the Gittite and all his men and all the little ones who were with him crossed over (2 Samuel 15.19–22). 

We believe that a Gittite was from the city of Gath, a Philistine city! This man had left the archenemies of Israel and joined Israel. Now that Absalom rebelled, Ittai was not about to go back home, nor would he stay in Jerusalem, but he would remain loyal to the man whose life moved Ittai to join Israel.

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