Not much happened in the last chapter of 1 Samuel. David was sent back to camp by the Philistines because the leaders did not want him in battle with them. This chapter looks more exciting. It has the word ‘destroys’ in it, meaning David is back to his old ways.
“David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.” 1 Samuel 30:1-2
In this case David has a reason to go after the Amalekites. They raided the towns and took women and children as captives. Notice how the Amalekites did not kill the women and children. They simply took them. In this aspect, the Amalekites are more moral than God.
“David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.” – 1 Samuel 30:5
Ah, traditional biblical marriage. Multiple wives.
“David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?’ ‘Pursue them,’ he answered. ‘You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.’” – 1 Samuel 30:8
Why is David asking God? If someone takes my family, I’m pursuing them. That may be in the form of police and detectives, but I would never stop in my search for them and an answer from God would never sway me away from this. I don’t need a god to tell me to search for my family. And if a god said no, well, fuck that god!
“He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah.” – 1 Samuel 30:16
It’s interesting how celebrating the taken plunder is looked at as an evil act when the Israelite’s enemies do it, but when the Israelites do the same, it’s a worthy celebration. God is a hypocrite.
“He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, ‘This is David’s plunder.’” – 1 Samuel 30:20
See!!! It’s okay when it is David’s plunder, but not if it’s the Amalekite’s plunder. Again, God is a hypocrite.
“Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” – 1 Samuel 30:24
And by ‘all’ David really means just the men.
David sends some of the plunder to several of his friends in different towns and that concludes the chapter. This is an extremely hypocritical chapter. Unlike David and the Israelites, the Amalekites did not kill the women and children. Yes, taking them as captives was wrong, but they weren’t killed. On top of that, it’s considered good when the Israelites celebrate in their plunder but bad when anyone else does. God, the ultimate hypocrite.
Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 31: Saul Takes His Life