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Monday, October 12 2015

Based on sermon notes from 10/11/15

1 Samuel 22

1 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.
2 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.
One of the most iconic symbols of America sits in the Upper New York Bay on a small island originally named Bledsoe’s Island, but renamed by Congress in 1956 to Liberty Island.
The Statue of Liberty stood as a welcoming symbol to 12 million immigrants passing through Ellis Island.  On the base of the statue is a small plaque with a sonnet written by  Emma Lazarus.  The last portion of the sonnet titled “New Colossus” says:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The United States has stood as a place where the religiously persecuted, downtrodden and hopeless could run as a place of refuge.  
The hope that is projected around the world is the “American Dream”.  The uniqueness of our country has allowed it to become the greatest country in the history of the world.
Several thousand years ago, a young man named David had a problem.  He had had some great victories in his life including killing a lion and bear that were attacking his sheep.  The prophet anointed him the next king of Israel and he killed a giant named Goliath.
But now he was being chased by his father - in - law and his best friends father, Saul.  Saul was not an ordinary person because he was the King.  
David went to cave called “Adullam” meaning “justice of the people”.  It was at the place of justice of the people, that David set up his base of operation.
Justice is defined as, “The quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness:”
David did two things while he was at Adullum.  First, he brought his family, but the Bible says he gathered:
  • Everyone that was in distress (anguished)
  • Everyone that was in debt
  • Everyone that was discontented (Bitter)
David did not gather the best, brightest or wealthiest.  He brought those that had:
  • No direction
  • No hope
  • The ones that had been wronged
  • The ones that nobody wanted
But David did not take them just anyplace.  He took them to a place that they could find justice, a place of restoration.  A place of mercy and grace.
The church (not the building) must be a Adullum for our community.  It must be a gathering place for those that have no where else to go.  
We cannot worry about their past, but we need to be a church that can show them the love of God and love for each other.
How to grow in the Word, Grace and Faith.
How to serve the church and others.
How to give to the Kingdom of God.
...and we are the gatherers.  Our mission is to gather not the people that we think would make Christians, but anybody that is willing.
Jesus serves as our model:
Matthew 9
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus went to Legion with his many devils and He touched the leper.  He spent time at the well with a woman that had been married five times and was living with the sixth.
His disciples were peceived to be unlearned and ignorant, but it was the disciples that started a 2000 year revival.
David started with 400 but in 1 Samuel 23, David now at 600 soldiers.
Our mission as a church is to reach the lost in whatever situation that they are in.  
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 01:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email