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kingNo, this isn’t about Taylor Swift.  It’s about King Saul.  King Saul and his yes men are on a rampage.  In plotting and scheming for David’s death, we find them massacring every last priest in their path.  Every last priest, save one, that is.  Abiathar, son of the good Ahimelech, escaped the sword.

20 But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 And David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father’s house. 23 Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.” ~1 Samuel 22:20-23

Abiathar escaped.  He alone avoided these murderous men of corrupt and maligned power.  Unfortunately, his entire family is dead.  To whom does he go?

Abiathar fled to David.  He ran away from the enemy, but, as with any battle, running away from evil is not nearly enough to make us safe.  Abiathar runs to David.  He needs support, consolation, and protection.  This poor kid has just lost every relationship he’s ever known.  He’s watched his friends and family die brutal deaths and he knows he’s bound to be next.  David is his only hope.  (more…)

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standBloodthirsty King Saul has found out from an eye-witness where David had been.  He called the priests led by Ahimelech to him and they all came.

Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests who were at Nob, and all of them came to the king. 12 And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.” 13 And Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?” 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, “And who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain overyour bodyguard, and honored in your house? 15 Is today the first time that I have inquired of God for him? No! Let not the king impute anything to his servant or to all the house of my father, for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or little.” ~1 Samuel 22:11-15

Saul inquires deceitfully but Ahimelech answers honestly.  The priest basically says this: “Look, I always help and encourage David.  It’s my job, and besides that, why wouldn’t I?  He’s one of your best men!”  Ah, but here’s where Ahimelech gets confused: “Let not the king impute anything to his servant or to all the house of my father.”

It is true enough that Ahimelech was innocent in this affair with David.  Clearly, if he and his priests had been guilty of that which Saul accused – conspiring against their king and rallying forces with David to commit treason, they would not have come to speak so obediently and so willingly when called by Saul.  But who was it that had already imputed a curse upon Ahimelech’s house, as well as his father’s house?  Not Saul. (more…)

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ImageDavid’s in trouble and he knows it.  The past couple of chapters have detailed his flight, his fears, and his faithfulness.  Now, beginning in chapter 22:6 of 1 Samuel, we are shown the extent of Saul’s corruption.

 Now Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.” Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, 10 and he inquired of the Lord for him and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” ~1 Samuel 22:6-10

Saul stands up with spear in hand.  Paranoid much?  I know, right?!  So the bloody inquisition begins.  Who is this  corrupt leader most suspicious of?  His two best and most excellent men.  Those who would have done him the most good of any if he had just been willing to deal fairly.   (more…)

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breadDavid has now departed from his wife, his home, his military position, and his best friend.  Saul’s rage against him could not be kindled neither by prophet (Samuel), nor prince (Jonathan).  Where has he left to turn?

Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David trembling and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away.

Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord. His name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s herdsmen.

Then David said to Ahimelech, “Then have you not here a spear or a sword at hand? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.” And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.” ~1 Samuel 21:1-9

David runs to the tabernacle and turns to Ahimelech the priest. (more…)

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