Refugee Among Philistines
We examine community rights and responsibilities based on David’s interactions with his people during his days in Ziklag. A dispute among his people on sharing battle proceeds provided him an opportunity to define a principle that is applicable today.
David at Ziklag
He was living in Philistine territory with 600 men and their families to stay out of Saul’s reach. While he was out with his men to offer to fight on the Philistine side in a battle against Israel, Amalekites raided his base in Ziklag, burnt and plundered the city, and carried off its women, children, and others. Meanwhile, Philistine commanders rejected David’s offer to fight on their side. Therefore, David and his men returned to Ziklag.