Why do we go into caves?
Why do we enter dark holes in the ground? Is this an instinct from our distance past, or just plain curiosity? I plan to explore this here and in future posts.
From the distance past we find that man has always used caves. For shelter or the safety of the rock that surrounds us so close like a mothers womb. There is a strange confront that I feel when lying in a tight passage or sitting in a dark cave passage. Maybe it is because of the quietness of the place and just being able to get away from all the noise of the outside world.
When Saul was searching for David to kill him, Saul entered a cave to relieve himself. David and his men were hiding there, far back in the cave. His men told David, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. (1 Samuel 24:3-4)
Here we see an example of a cave being used as a safe hiding place for a small band of men, and also for a private place for a king to relieve himself. Cave-in-rock along the Ohio River was used by a small band of men, but for different reasons, to tempt travelers on the river to come in for a party and robbed of all their belongings.