Sunday, August 02, 2015

Bit players in God's story

Jonathan and Ahimaaz - Johann Christoph Weigel
Jonathan and Ahimaaz - J.C. Weigel
TODAY'S SPECIAL: 2 Samuel 17:14-29

TO CHEW ON: "Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed at En Rogel, for they dared not be seen coming into the city; so a female servant would come and tell them, and they would go and tell King David." 2 Samuel 17:17

David's plan is working! Absalom chooses to follow Husahi's advice instead of Ahithophel's This buys David some time.

Hushai sends word of this to the priests' sons Jonathan and Ahimaaz (remember, they were going to be the snail-mail between Jerusalem and on-the-run David - 2 Samuel 15:27-28). However, even getting the word to Jonathan and Ahimaaz is now a two-step process as Absalom has eyes and ears everywhere. So Hushai gives the message for J. & A. to a "servant girl" to take to En Rogel where the runners are hiding.

A youngster sees them get the message, though and tells Absalom. J. & A., realizing they've been sighted, take refuge in a well in Bahurim, where the householder's wife covers their hiding place and spreads ground grain on top of it. When Absalom's servants come to search they don't find anyone. (Whew!)

Jonathan and Ahimaaz eventually get the message to David. He follows Hushai's advice, leaves the area and crosses over the Jordan to the wilderness.  There, before he even has time to worry about how he's going to take care of his army, three locals, Shobi, Machir, and Barzillai come laden with supplies because, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness" - 2 Samuel 17:27-29.

Though it's customary for us to focus on the big-name players in the Bible's story—the Davids, Absaloms, Hushais, and Ahithophels—these narratives are also often full of bit players, some named, like Jonathan and Ahimaaz, but many unnamed characters as well who are really as vital to bringing about the end result as the main players. In this story there are at least seven. Each one needed to play his or her part in order for God to accomplish His plan of preserving David's life.

Being a bit player is often our role as well. While we're not the big name speaker or the worship leader, when we do our part to make the phone calls, send the emails, set up the sound system, visit the sick, bring the food, open up our homes etc.,  things roll along smoothly. God's story plays out. Ours may seem like small, unimportant roles, but they are no less important than the role of the main characters to allow God's story to unfold in the way He has planned.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to be willing to play whatever part You have for me in Your story. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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