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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (chapter 21) Lies and Insanity!

David goes to Ahimelek the priest who asks him why he is alone. David lies and says he is on a mission for the king. He asks for five loaves of bread or “what you can find.” (vv. 1-3).

Ahimelek has only consecrated bread which he offers if the soldiers have kept themselves from women. David says they have and that his men keep their bodies “holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” (v. 5). Ahimelek gives David the consecrated bread.

One of Saul’s servants (Doeg) was there that day, “detained before the Lord” (v. 7). David lies a second time, saying he had no weapon “because the king’s mission was urgent” (v. 8). David winds up taking the sword of Goliath with him (vv. 8-9).

Amazingly, David flees from Saul to Gath — the birthplace of Goliath! He goes to the king of Gath, Achish, whose servants say, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land, the one they sing about?” (v. 11).

David becomes very afraid of Achish so he pretended to be insane! Achish’s response is classic: “Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?” (v. 15).

Achish’s quota of madmen is full!

Some takeaways for me:
1. Even the closest to God’s heart sometimes resort to lying (as David does — three times! — in this passage). That, of course, does not make lying right.
2. God has His plan. He detains one of Saul’s servants so that Doeg can report David’s whereabouts to Saul.
3. David’s decision to flee to Gath — the home of Goliath — defies explanation. But that was the choice that he made.
4. Sometimes God blesses human ingenuity. David’s acting skills are put to the test when he has to pretend to be crazy!

David is imperfect. And the Bible describes him, warts and all. Thank the Lord for the unvarnished truth of His Word!

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2018 in I Samuel 21

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 34)

Psalm 34

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

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    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Psalm 34

 

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