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David’s 400 Men A Picture of the Church

April 29, 2013 3 Comments

In addition every man who was desperate, in debt, or disconnected rallied around [David], and he became their leader. About 400 men were with him. – 1 Samuel 22:2

Photo Courtesy Andrew Malone - Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy Andrew Malone – Creative Commons

David had been anointed to be king and he had killed a giant. He had won great battles and the people chanted, “Saul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands.” 

But here David is hiding in a cave from Saul. He would not be alone for long. 400 men saw something in David they wanted to follow. The scripture says they rallied around him, which gives an indication they ran to him with much energy.

This is a beautiful illustration of what church should look like.


David attracted a crowd that others would avoid.

 Here were men that had failed, screwed up and were overlooked. Many probably would have been judged as having questionable character. Yet David took them in.       

David provided

  • Acceptance
  • Protection
  • A Purpose / Cause

In turn these 400 men gave David their complete dedication and many of them would give their life. They would become the military force David would lead with God’s help to establish his throne.

We need to intentionally build churches that provide acceptance for those who have failed, screwed up and are overlooked. As we give them protection and purpose, God will use us all to build His kingdom.

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 If we can learn to live this out, we will never have enough space for all the people that will rally around us.


Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

 How can you create a culture in your church to give true acceptance to people like David’s 400?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • It is hard, and even those of who lead churches are prone to hurting others. I will join you in prayer for those who have been wounded by a church.

  • Jim Kulka

    Your question: ” How can you create a culture in your church to give true acceptance to people like David’s 400?” implies that it’s my job — or the church’s job to do this. This seems to be just another indication of the apostate church doing it’s own thing, using it’s own efforts to do only what God can and will do. WE (you, me, the true church of Christ) cannot “create a culture” that draws anyone. In-fact, this is the “Seeker Sensitive” garbage and the “emergent” vomit and heresies that the true believers are aware of in-the-Spirit…that doesn’t pass the “smell test” with those who are truly being drawn to Christ (from outside the body).

    No, I cannot create a culture — I guess actually I can try to do this and all that does is make Jesus want to vomit me out of His mouth….all I can do is obey Him….if I am truly crucified and have decided and set-my-mind to obey and walk in the Spirit, then the Spirit of the Living God will do His job, which is to “draw all men…” The problem with “the church” today is that they are mingling and marrying-into the culture (there’s that word again) of the nations….we are called-out…set-apart….crucified….looking not to our efforts, our reasoning, our “marketing” our flesh….we are simply obeying everything He taught us and teaching others to do the same….if you want to see more of the heart of God on this, I would recommend searching-for and viewing David Wilkerson’s sermon “Anguish”….we sit around our nice little coffee bars, watching our Christian skits, having Christian Zumba classes and NEVER submit one thought or emotion toward praying to be more-obedient even in our thinking…let-alone our actions and reactions to those in our lives (who would be absolutely drawn by Christ if we had just obeyed vs. reacted)….there is much, much difference between walking-in the Spirit than this spirit of church building, “creating a culture” that will “draw” people…that’s not even our job sir…and it’s a false idol that we need to crush and throw away….v/r, Jim

    • Hi Jim, thank you for taking the time to leave your honest comment. I can tell you that you are passionate about being obedient to follow Christ. However, I think you have made quite a leap to jump from this post to being “Seeker Sensitive” and “Emergent.”

      It is easy to speak out against churches that have coffee bars and Christian Zumba classes
      and ignore that God just might be using those things to reach their community. I admit there are a lot of churches that work purely out of their own efforts. It is also easy to find the negative and forget the hundreds of churches that run food pantries, provide after school programs for children in need and care for the homeless.

      I am called to daily live out the calling God has placed on my life and ministry. Am I perfect? – Not even close. And there are many days I will get it wrong. Yet every day is a new day to live for Jesus.