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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ittai the Gittite

Have you ever heard about Ittai the Gittite?  You have to love that  name! He is found among the many and somewhat obscure characters in the historical books of the Old Testament.  When David’s kingdom was threatened by his son, Absalom, several men of sterling character stepped up to his side.  We become acquainted with him in 2 Samuel, a man much to be admired, that we’ll learn more about in the next few days.
18 All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king. 19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. 20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the Lord show you kindness and faithfulness.” – Samuel 15:16-20

He didn’t make excuses! He had only been with David for a short while.  He was a foreigner.  It wasn’t his fight, but his desire to serve was too great!

What excuses do we make to not serve?

May we use great examples of faithful service to encourage us to do likewise.