With every one of his many followers across the Jordan River David could feel safe, but still be in danger from a lack of provisions. Then came God’s third act of sovereignty. He provisioned David’s army.
God delighted the king when he arrived at Mahanaim, in the highlands of Gilead east of the River. Sympathetic foreign rulers and Israelite patricians sent provisions. They brought every vessel of the potter’s wheel, every article of clothing from the loom, every kind of food from agriculture and every meat from animal husbandry. And weapons and their ammunition. And curds and wine and roasted grains.
As Wellington said about Waterloo, David had won “a near thing-victory” in retreat. Without his timely evacuation of Jerusalem; the providential appearance of Hushai on Olivet and Ziba beyond; the arrival of the young spies; and the bountiful provisions in Gilead, succeeding Israelite history could have been different. But...those timely events and circumstances were simply God’s way of exercising his rule over human pretensions. While giving humanity complete freedom of action, every decision they made worked his perfect will. He would provide more proofs of sovereignty in the coming battle.
That’s the story so far. As Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story” comes later. End Part V