Insights on Today's Reading
1 Samuel 21 - David runs from Saul and came to the priest, Ahimelech. He requested bread and a sword. The priest gave him the holy bread from the previous day. Though it was set aside for the priest it was still given to David and his men. Jesus supported this act of kindness in Matthew 12:1-8. Ahimelech also gave David a sword, Goliath's!
1 Samuel 22 - A cave became a sanctuary for David. When other desperate men heard of David's situation they joined him to find strength. It is touching to see how David cared for his parents by asking the king of Moab to protect them. Remember, David's great-grandmother was Ruth, a Moabite. Ahimelech's kindness to David turned out to be tragic for his family. Saul executed his whole family except for his son Abiathar, who would become a private priest to David.
1 Samuel 23 - David heard of the Philistines attacking the city of Keilah. God used David to deliver this city from the enemy, but when David sought a sanctuary from Saul, that city was ready to turn against him. David and his men were forced into the wilderness to seek refuge. Even there Jonathan found him and sought to give encouragement to his friend.
1 Samuel 24 - What do you do when your enemy is close enough to kill? You show him mercy. That's what David did when Saul came into the cave where David was hiding. Saul had no clue that David was there and even though David's men encouraged him to kill Saul, David just cut a piece out of Saul's robe. When Saul left the cave David came behind him to show his kindness for him. This caused Saul to promise not to pursue David anymore. That promise would be short-lived.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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