Friday, April 21, 2017
Ribai, father of Ithai
The loyalty of David's Mighty Men is something that God seems to want me to be sure is understood in the stories of their exploits and devotion to the man after God's heart. Ribai's son, Ithai would become a loyal follower of David and be counted as a Mighty Man. For whatever eternal purposes these stories have made their way into the scriptures, it seems to me as I am studying these Mighty men, God has placed a strong emphasis on the leader's need for loyalty among those who follow him.
As we read yesterday, life and limb were risked by David's Mighty men for a simple drink of water for their leader.
Ribai's boy carried the qualification of loyalty too. A native of Gath, he left his native Philistine city and committed himself to David. When David's son Absalom rebelled against David, Ittai went with the king and refused to return to Jerusalem even after David said, "Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going..."
Ittai's loyalty is admirable. He answered David, "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be."
He was loyal to David through all difficult changes and circumstances. Because of this loyalty, David made him a commander of a third part of his army, along with Joab and Abishai.
R is for Ribai's son, Ithai. A foreigner loyal to a king.
2 Samuel 15:18-22; 18:2, 5