At one point during the reign of David, the land endured famine for three successive years. A less spiritual king would have sent his biggest wagons rolling down to Egypt to stock up on grain. He might even have gone to war to procure supplies.
On an earlier occasion, David had shown himself quick to discern the hidden hand of Joab behind a request that had been presented to him. (2 Sam 14:9) Now, because the Lord had trained Him in his ways, David took time to seek the Lord, and recognised this famine as being something more than a problem of the moment, so he sought the Lord about it. What the Lord said must have come as quite a surprise. He showed him that it was the fruit of Saul breaking a promise made centuries ago concerning the Gibeonites. This was a tribe that was not a part of Israel but who were survivors of the Amorites whom the Israelites had sworn to spare. In his zeal for Israel and Judah, however, Saul had sought to annihilate them. Continue reading