Tarrying By The Stuff

1 Samuel 30:24-25… “For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day” (KJV).  

Who are these people who “tarry by the stuff”?

The Amalekites destroyed Ziklag while David and his men were away, and they took all the women and children captive. David and his men returned to the city and found everything destroyed. He was distressed and called upon the Lord. The Lord told him to seek and destroy the enemy, and that he would recover all. At first, he took six hundred men with him, although later in the journey two hundred of the men were so worn out that they stayed behind (v. 10). The four hundred found one of the enemy, who led David and his men to the enemy camp. David and his men won the battle and recovered all (v. 18). When it came time to divide the spoil, “wicked men and men of Belial” (v. 22, KJV) balked at sharing the spoil with the two hundred that stayed behind and guarded the home front.

David issued a statement (vv. 24-25) that all men, whether they fought in the battle or stayed to guard the camp, would share alike in the plunder. This statement then became a law in Israel, and it is a working law in today’s assemblies. What kind of people “tarry by the stuff”? The names in verses 27-31 show the character of these people and what they were doing when the four hundred went on to the battle. These were good people…

Bethel means “the house of God”… The house of God was cared for by the two hundred who stayed behind.

Ramoth means “heights”… These people were watchmen.

Jattir means “excellent, he will search out”… These men were visionaries who saw what needed to be done in the house of God when others were away and in the battle.

Aroer means “destitute in spirit”… When key people in leadership roles are continually missing from the house of God, many Christians feel adrift.

Siphmoth means “lips, languages”… Here I see prophetic encouragement that is needed when key men and women are out in battle.

Eshtemoa means “hearkening, submitted”… These folks listened to the prophetic word and submitted to those left in charge.

Racal means “an ewe, sheep”… These folks worked doing daily things.

Jerahmeelites means “mercy lovers” or “God showing mercy”… There were people, left to guard the stuff, that showed mercy. Many people had needs, and many needed counsel and encouragement. Many were filled with fear because key leaders were away.

Kenites means “smiths, workmen”… These men were left behind to guard the church and repair damaged property when others were away.

Hormah means “consecrated, faithful”… When the leaders were away, the prayer warriors were still praying and faithful to the house of God.

Chorashan means “furnace, burnt offerings”… Here were people who sacrificed their time and money and gave their all.

Athach means “perceptive, due season”… Here were people who looked ahead and saw God’s will and timing.

Hebron means “fellowship at the highest level, communion, intercessors”… Here were people who were in touch with God, people who still sought God when the leaders were out in battle.

These were the people who guarded the house of God and who cared when the leaders were away: good people, faithful people, worshippers, people who filled the needs of others, intercessors, honest people, workers…

Pastor George Belobaba

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