1 Samuel 30
Do you remember that David had been raiding the towns of the Amalekites and other non-Israelite people living in and around the land of Judah? Well, when David took his army to gather up for war with the Philistines, the Amalekites saw an opportunity!! While David was gone, they raided throughout the land of Judah and then captured all the people left behind in David’s town of Ziklag and burned it!! So when David and his army return home, the city was burned and their wives and children were gone!
All the men are devastated, but then David calls the priest, Abiathar and has him consult the Lord. God tells David to go after the Amalekites that he will be able to recover all. So David and his 600 men set off to find the Amalekites. When they get to the Brook of Besor, 200 men have to stay behind. Don’t forget they were just returning from a journey and set out again. These men were just too tired to go on. After crossing the brook they find an Egyptian slave of an Amalekite that has been left behind when he became sick. Promising they will not return him to his master, he leads them to the Amalekites.
Assuming they were safe from David, the Amalekites had stopped to have a party. Fiercely, David and his men battled them for a full day and were able to defeat them. Happily David and his men found that all their wives and children had only been taken prisoners and not harmed. On the way home they met back up with the men they left behind. Some of David’s men didn’t want to share the loot they had captured but David said that all the army would receive a share. David also sent part of the loot to the leaders of the surrounding towns in Judah where they had been living.
David made the choice to raid towns and there were consequences of that action. Fortunately God protected all of David’s people from harm. We need to remember every action has a result but also trust that God will take care of us!
Discuss how the choices we make have consequences. (Stay up late, tired in the morning vs. going to bed on time and being rested, etc.) Discuss some choices your child could make and have them predict the consequences. Thinking about the results before the choice is a great life skill to learn now!!