1st Sam 22:1-2
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.
This indeed is interesting. Got me wondering, is there something about Adullam that made them go down there? If so, why didn’t they go all along? Or was it because David was anointed king? If so why didn’t they go to him bef
ore now? Then I realised, it was the complementary effect of the anointing and the cave, each unable on its own, to result to what happened down there, but together is dynamic in its effect.
Let’s go back a bit, to when David was anointed.
1st Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day, like the Holy Spirit did upon most of us but the discontented men and the men in distress didn’t come to him. No they didn’t, not until he went down to the cave of Adullam.
According to Holman Bible dictionary, Adullam means ‘a sealed off place’.
Yeah, something separated, set apart, sanctified.
David was anointed, yes, but no one cared. Neither his family nor the people in dept. He went back to his duties after that, despite the Spirit of the Lord upon Him. His brothers disregarded him (1Sam 17), and couldn’t care less about an old prophets declaration of him being king.
The story isn’t quite the same after David set himself apart, after he went to the cave. His family (brothers included) heard it and joined him, then the people in distress and in debt and discontented, men of the low-life.
They went down to be with him and from these ones a great army to be reckoned with were made. Men of valor.
Is the Holy Spirit upon you? Have you sanctified yourself? Lift up your eyes and behold, the harvest is ripe. Discontented men are all around you, men in debt and in distress. Lift up your eyes and see.
#Annointed and Sanctified#