A Contagious Faith

There were several very noble and courageous sentiments expressed by David and others when King David left Jerusalem during Absalom’s rebellion. One of them came from Ittai, a foreigner (:19) who refused to stay in Jerusalem with the new king, but said in :21, “As the LORD lives and as my lord the king lives, surely wherever my lord the king may be, whether for death or for life, there also your servant will be.” This is the definition of real lordship, and should challenge each of us to be committed to follow Jesus our Lord in the same way.

But the statement he made, “As the LORD lives” is also a significant one.
It is literally “As Yahweh lives.” Yahweh is the personal name of the God of Israel. Ittai, as we saw from :19, was a foreigner. And yet when he swore to follow David wherever he went, he did not swear by the gods of his native country, but by Yahweh, the God of Israel instead. This demonstrates that Ittai had come to know Yahweh during the time he had spent with David — so David’s faith was evidently both demonstrable and contagious.

This also should challenge us as followers of Jesus. Do people who spend time with us hear about our God, and are they coming to know Him because they have been around us — like Ittai did with David? Is our faith in the Lord both demonstrable and contagious enough that others might come to God through us?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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One Response to A Contagious Faith

  1. Mary E Mengel says:

    Thank you for your writings , I am 73 yrs old have known and served our Lord Jesus since I met Him when I was 5 . I was born in Livingstone ion Northern Rhodesia now Zambia brought up in Que Que Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe.I love your blog it is so deep meaningful and concise and as a wanderer emigrated 3 times and now ,Live in South Australia I am aware my permanent home is with our Lord and reading you makes me know I have avast and wonderful family and I don’ t feel lonely Thank You Mary

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