Help those fleeing from distress

Old Testament: 2Sa 17.27–29

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 17–18 on April 27, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Absalom gained a large following and his father David, and all those loyal to him, had to flee for their lives. As David fled, he had friends along the way: 

Now it happened, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the people of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds, honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

– 2 Samuel 17.27–29 

These people saw that David and those following him had needs, namely food and drink. Therefore, they came out with what they had to minister to those in need. David had helped others and in this case, he needed help. 


  • What do you do when people are hungry and thirsty? 
  • Do you allow others to help you? 

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