THE SIGNIFICANCE OF David’s MOVEMENTS WHILE ON THE RUN FROM SAUL – CAVE OF ADULLAM
Reading: 1 Samuel 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.
David’s next stop was Adullam meaning justice of the people. The parallel with the ministry of our Lord’s is found in those who gathered unto David there. Those in distress speak to those who have entered at the straight gate. The word distress here means straitness. In the life of every serious believer there will come a time when there are no more exits to the left or right and definitely no going back. Every one that was in debt mark those with no Jubilee experience. Romans 13:8 advises, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another…” Debt enslaves and the Son sets free indeed. Lastly, everyone that was discontented gathered unto David. Discontent settles in the soul. The mind and heart are grieved and vexed. The situation is not good and change is imminent. To the discontent, things are just not adding up. The promises of God are yea and amen and all that is happening around say differently. The discontent are not happy with the present and quickly passing order and move to the side of blessed assurance.
Jesus fulfilled David’s experience at the cave of Adullam when he said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light _Matthew 11:28-30.” Same spiritual issue, different time. Those who labor are those who have grown weary, tired and exhausted with toil and grief. Those heavy laden and burdened with debt in some form. Jesus Christ was made the justice of the people (Adullam) through His obedience unto death.