A Drink of Water from Bethlehem
2 Samuel 23:13-17
I. A SIMPLE DESIRE. (v. 15)
A drink of water; David's hometown of Bethlehem; 12 miles away
How earnestly David longed for the water of the well of Bethlehem. This was David's city, and he knew the excellence of the water there. It was harvest-time; the weather was hot; he was thirsty; perhaps good water was scarce, and therefore he earnestly wished, ''O that I could but have one drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem!'' With the water of that well he had often refreshed himself when he was a youth. Perhaps it was this water that he carried to the shepherd's fields with him as a lad tending his sheep, and now nothing will would satisfy him like that. But the circumstances render it almost impossible to get. So, he indulges himself with the passing thought of a ''hometown drink''. Other water would have quenched his thirst as well, but he had a longing for that familiar water from home.
II. A SATISFYING DESIRE. (v. 16)
Overcame all obstacles with out taking their lives into account, just so they might satisfy David's desire.
How bravely his three mighty men (Abishai, Benaiah, and another not named) ventured through the camp of the Philistines, facing great danger, and dripped water from the well of Bethlehem, without David's knowledge.
When David wished for it he was far from desiring that any of his men should venture their lives for it; but those three did, to show how much they valued their prince, and with what pleasure they could run the greatest hardships in his service.
David, though anointed king, was as yet an exile, a poor prince that had no external advantages to recommend him to the affection and esteem of his attendants, nor was he in any capacity to reward them; yet those three were thus zealous for his satisfaction.
Apply: Let us be willing to venture in the cause of Christ, even when it is a suffering cause, being assured that it will prevail and be rewar ...
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