Welcome back everyone. We are cruising right along on this reading challenge. I hope this reading time has brought forth new insights and challenges to you. Today we are on 1 Samuel 21-22.
For me, this is the beginning signs that David was susceptible to choosing his own ways over God's ways. He lies to Ahimelech the priest and says he's on a mission for Saul, instead of truthfully telling him that he was running from Saul. He then eats the Holy Bread used for ceremonies and takes the sword of Goliath that he had slayed years prior. He then goes to enemy territory looking for refuge and pretends to be a madman in the presence of the king so that he doesn't get killed. I just find it odd that a man as trusting in the LORD as David has been up unto this point, begins to take matters into his own hands. This characteristic will hurt him later.
David is taking refuge for him and his family in Moab. Was God angry at this or was it necessary because of Saul's disobedience? It doesn't seem quite right to me. Another interesting fact is that David has about 400 men in his ranks that have joined him, even though he is wanted by the king. David had an incredible following! I can't believe Saul is ready to kill the priests! His own military refused the command. This demonstrates how power-crazy Saul had become. He truly felt he was above everything. Only Doeg was willing to kill the priests, and he did, 85 in total.
The take-away for me in these passages: how much of these things are what God wanted for David and how much of it was David winging it? These passages fail to tell us if the LORD is please or even instructing the steps of David at this point. How often do I make moves that are not directed by God in order to protect my own hide? That is my question to take-away. What about you?