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DEFENDING DAVID by Barbara M Britton
SERIES: Tribes of Israel #4
GENRE: Christian Historical Biblical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Pelican Book Group (Harbourlight Books)
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2022
When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors.
Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman’s niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land.
Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir’s betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son?
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by Barbara M. Britton, author of Defending David
The Bible is full of “foreigners” who give their hearts to God. We can go back to Rahab, a Canaanite who harbored spies. Or Ruth, a Moabitess who pledged to go with her Hebrew mother-in-law back to Bethlehem. Maybe you’ve heard of the Philistine, Ittai the Gittite who pledged to fight for King David in David’s time of need. Ruth and Rahab are famous in the Bible, but poor Ittai, few Christians know of his valor. He’s an unlikely Bible hero who needs the spotlight.
I first heard of Ittai in a sermon my husband preached, but Ittai’s fame didn’t catch on. I didn’t hear any more about him until I decided to write his story in Defending David.
Ittai arrives in Jerusalem on the eve of Absalom’s rebellion. The Philistine exile didn’t arrive alone. He had six-hundred fighting men with him along with their families. How did this large caravan of foreigners traipse across Israel without starting a war? That’s a mystery only God knows.
Poor King David was befuddled when his son rebelled and sought to takeover the kingdom. When Ittai pledges his loyalty to David, the king seems to dismiss this gift from God. King David says in II Samuel 15:19-20a:
Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, (NIV)
I want to shake King David and say, “Yes!”
Doesn’t David recognize the gift of a mighty commander and his fighting men? The King is scared, hurt, running, and weary. David needs a friend. Even if it’s a Philistine friend.
Similar to Ruth who pledges to stay with her Hebrew mother-in-law Naomi, Ittai pledges to stay and fight for David. Ruth vowed to serve Naomi’s God, the One True God, and it looks like Ittai already knows the One True God. Look at his reply to David in II Samuel 15:21:
As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be. (NIV)
Way to go, Ittai. Did you catch the capitalization? Ittai refers to God as Lord, and King David as lord. This foreigner gets it right.
When chaos ruled in King David’s life and his throne was in peril, God sent David a faithful friend who could wield a sword and had an army ready to fight. Way to go, God. David had to flee Jerusalem, his palace, and flee for his life. But in all that chaos, God watched over David, and sent him a friend from the most unlikeliest of places.
I hope you enjoy the story of Ittai the Gittite.
(It’s interesting that Ruth, who was a faithful daughter-in-law to Naomi, is the great-grandmother of King David.)
(1) winner will receive a Defending David Book Box with an autographed copy of Defending David, a CD of harp music, a historic-looking journal, colorful pens, a copy of “Lioness,” and a $25 Amazon gift card, swag!
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