Then the Spirit came upon Amasai

Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3

It is very interesting to me that the listing of King David’s elite troops in today’s reading in 1 Chronicles ends with a prophetic word from one of the warriors. David had just challenged a group of men to either follow him wholeheartedly and be his friends, with a warning against betrayal.

17 David went out to meet them and said, “If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see it and punish you.”

That was when Amasai was filled with the Holy Spirit and made his declaration of loyalty.

18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said,

“We are yours, David!
We are on your side, son of Jesse.
Peace and prosperity be with you,
and success to all who help you,
for your God is the one who helps you.”

So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.

We know little else about Amasai – someone with this name appears five times in 1 & 2 Chronicles – three times in the genealogies, once as a priest, and once as a descendant of Kohath (one of Levi’s sons). In this example, he is in front of David when the Holy Spirit speaks through him. We don’t know if this was a new thing for him or if he experienced this frequently. We do know that he spoke these words in response to the initiative of the Holy Spirit.

Will I be somewhere today when the Holy Spirit will take the initiative and ask me to speak some word of truth, encouragement, faithfulness, loyalty, correction or love? I hope so and I hope I have the boldness of Amasai to respond quickly and wholeheartedly.

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