by John Barnett

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Cave of Troubles (20 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

To better understand 1st Samuel 22 this morning, think over the past two weeks as the stories about conditions in the New Orleans Superdome began to leak out; the descriptions boggled our senses.
Think of 20,000 bodies packed into that dark, cavernous space day after day--so many people, in such a small space, for so long--equaled a sickening stench of odor, multiplied by bathroom backups, garbage that sat around too long, water that was dirty, food that was un-refrigerated.
All that--plus heat and humidity equaled a horrible fog that was hard to even describe. That was the Superdome 2005 surrounding Hurricane Katrina.
Now, go back three thousand years ago, to a similar scene. Put 400 men in a cave all at the same time. Add time, heat, and other attending conditions that life in a cave would bring. Multiply that by the fact that these men were all under duress and also fleeing great danger--Saul was after David so they were at risk for their lives. And you have the sights and smells of 1st Samuel 22.1.
As we turn to 1st Samuel 22 we are walking into David's cave--think of the many descriptions of the Superdome you heard or read, and put this passage into that light.
As we go into the harsh conditions of the cave of Adullam we can start to see the emotional and physical furnace of adversity and affliction that David had entered.
Then we can fully see the depths of his insights recorded in these two Psalms. Because the next two Psalms we will study in depth--Psalms 57 and 142, are written from the context of 1st Samuel 22. Stand/pray
• 1 Samuel 22:1-4 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hun ...

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