Archive for March 23rd, 2012

1 Samuel 21

1 Samuel 21 has a future king on the run.  David is getting out of town so he can stay out of Saul’s way.  He heads to Nob and meets Ahimelech who was the priest.  He is traveling with a small group of young men, and they have no food.  So he asks the priest for some bread.  Ahimelech gives over some of the old bread from the offering so they can eat.  David had left quickly and brought nothing along.  He may be been the choice of God to become king, but at this point, the circumstances did not indicate that at all.

He had left quickly to the point that he didn’t even have a spear or sword along.  Not exactly the best way to be wandering around.  So he also asks the priest if there are any weapons he can have, and all that is there is the sword of Goliath, the sword he had captured earlier when he killed the enemy.  So he took that with him so he had some protection.  And with that, he moved on to get further away from Saul.

He went to Achish, king of Gath, to see if he could stay there.  Of course all he got was questions.  “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances”?  David is trying to stay under the radar but his reputation succeeds him.  People can’t understand why a man of his stature is there seeking a place to live – after all he is to be king.  And David does what most of us do from time to time – he becomes fearful.

He decides to “change his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard”.  David became a pretender.  He is overcome by the circumstances at hand and decides to act like a mad man so he is not captured in his state of weakness.  How do you act when the circumstances become overwhelming?  Do you pretend?  Or do you run to God to see what He has planned?  David didn’t check with God on this – he just fled.  He ran for his life and then didn’t have a plan on what to do – no food, no sword, no place to stay.  And the biggest issue – no talk with God.  That is where we need to run first when we need direction and provision – to the source!

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