1 Samuel 22

1 Samuel 22 has Saul on a rampage to get rid of David.  David has escaped to a cave and his family heard where he was and went to him there.  But not only his family, “everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him”.  It was a troubled bunch that came together around David – about four hundred men in all.  And this is the group that David builds his future upon.  Those who are troubled in many different ways. He is a magnet to those in need.

But David isn’t totally consumed with his own challenges.  He is concerned for his parent’s safety, knowing that Saul will do whatever he can to get to David.  So David goes to the king of Moab and says “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me”.  He doesn’t allow the heat of the moment to cause him to lose sight of his responsibility for his family.  They are able to stay with the king there and David is able to focus now on his own safety and those that have joined him.

Meanwhile, back in the kingdom, Saul is learning of David’s situation.  He hears of David’s stop and visit with the priest at Nob – Ahimelech.  And he summons the priest to come explain his actions.  Saul is furious and accuses the priest of conspiracy.  But Ahimelech is not afraid and says “who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain over your bodyguard, and honored in your house”?  Not exactly the kind of comment that sits well with a crazy obsessed king.

Saul has had enough and orders his servants to kill all the priests of Nob.  They refuse, fearful of what God might do.  So Saul orders Doeg the Edomite, who had been at Nob and been the one who reported David’s whereabouts to Saul, to kill the priests.  And he does – 85 of them from the priestly family – before Saul sends his warriors to the city of Nob to wipe it out.  One of Ahimelech’s sons survived and escaped to David, telling him of the attrocity.  And David tells him “Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping”.

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