Kinsmen of Saul joined David even while he was at Ziklag serving with Achish King of Gath. National leaders began to flock to David in his exile. Some of those serving with the Philistines returned with David. Look again at the list of Jesus’ 12 disciples. You will find similar men.
The very few had returned to a broken Jerusalem, a temple destroyed and needing to be rebuilt.
So what does the Holy Spirit have for them?
God reminds them of David.
This in verse 40, “… for there was joy in Israel.”
Israelites reading this were struggling with sorrow, with lamentations. They had spent seventy years weeping by the rivers of Babylon!
But here God points them to JOY.
It might seem a bit cruel to point out the martial strength of Israel in David’s time. I mean, look at these descriptors.
“They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the lef hand;” v2
“… expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains;” v8
“These Gadites were officers in the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.” v14
But these lists were about more than simply displaying strength.
These mighty men flocked to the true king! They came to him and helped establish his kingdom.
And so for us, these lists are a good reminder of the kind of men we are to be. Those that follow the Lord Jesus as King! Those that do as He says!