2 Samuel 19:31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.
Loyalty to David likely placed a bounty on a man’s head. As David fled from Absalom and the city of Jerusalem, it became increasingly dangerous to offer any type of assistance to David. Barzillai, regardless of the personal danger, chose to risk everything for David (2 Samuel 17:27-29). When it came time for David to travel back to reclaim his throne, Barzillai journeyed part of the way with David. Scripture identifies Barzillai as “a very great man.” Perhaps this description identifies him as materially wealthy, but it no doubt also speaks of his character. His character is further manifested in his final conversation with David (2 Samuel 19:33-38). When David regained his authority, he sought any opportunity to return favour for Barzillai’s loyalty. No matter the accolades or advantage, Barzillai did not help David for personal gain.
- (For children): Jonathan was not afraid to speak well of David to his father Saul when Saul wanted to kill David (1 Samuel 19:4; 1 Samuel 20:31-33). Jonathan was willing to give up his hopes of being king when he knew David was God’s choice (1 Samuel 23:15-18).
- (For everyone): What do you think would have been your opinion of Barzillai had you known him? Would you have considered him to be a great man? What is the common opinion others have of you?
- To whom did Barzillai demonstrate loyalty in his last dealings with David? Can you see any loyalty toward Barzillai’s city or family? Can you see loyalty to Chimham?
- Ask God to show you the greatness of loyalty.
- Ask the Lord to help you to be loyal, even when it is not a popular position.
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