[CF Devotionals] 2010-03-01 - Parental Lessons from Barzillai

The Good, the Bad, and the Godly  ~ Part 5

2 Samuel 19:31-40

Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.(2 Samuel 19:32)

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When David was tired, Barzillai provided provisions for him and his troops, while in exile in Mahanaim. Upon his arrival home, King David extended an invitation to stay with him in Jerusalem, and he would take care of Barzillai. He was flattered, really, but at age eighty, he felt very settled in life. Besides, Barzillai was rich in his own right. At this stage in the old man's life, Barzillai wanted to stay put, to die near where his parents died.

Barzillai did not want to insult David, or make light of his generosity, so Barzillai offered to have son Kimham go in his place. He was young and had a full life ahead of him. He could always come back to visit his dad. David agreed with Barzillai's assessment, and gave the man his blessing before he and Kimham left. Barzillai knew his son would be in good hands.

Barzillai was willing to let go of being a part of his son's life, so his son could experience a life of royal luxury. This father didn't begrudge his son the opportunity.

Lord, Thank You for all Your blessings and for giving me a means to bless others. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.


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