1 Samuel 19-21
The Waiting King: David (God’s choice), cont’d. 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 19:1-10-Saul commands Jonathan and his servants to kill David. Jonathan was his friend and tells David to hide until he can determine what his father's plans are. Jonathan temporarily convinced Saul to not kill David and David returned to the court. David was victorious in battle again and Saul again became envious and tried to kill him a third time with a spear.
1 Samuel 19:11-17-Saul decides to kill David in his own home but Michal helps him escape.
1 Samuel 19:18-24-David flees to Samuel. Saul sends men three times to kill David...but each time the Spirit of the LORD comes upon them and they prophesy, instead. Finally, Saul goes himself...but the Spirit of the LORD comes over him and he prophesied.
1 Samuel 20:1-42-David returns to Jonathan and tells him what has happened. Jonathan tells David that he knew nothing about it...but David says that Saul is aware of their friendship and has kept his true intentions from him. When Jonathan tells Saul that David has gone to Bethlehem, Saul becomes furious and throws a spear at Jonathan. Jonathan warns David to leave.
1 Samuel 21:1-2-David goes to Ahimelech (the priest) for protection. Nob is a small town where priests live. It is located north of Jerusalem.
1 Samuel 21:3-6-David asks for something to eat and all that is available is the Bread of the Presence that is in the Tabernacle. (cf. Exodus 25:23-23; Matthew 12:4)
21:6 The priest recognized that his moral obligation to preserve David's life by providing bread superseded the ceremonial regulation concerning who could eat the showbread (Lev. 24:5-9).
Ryrie Study Bible, 1 Samuel 21:9 footnote, p. 444
1 Samuel 21:7-9-One of Saul's servants, Doeg the Edomite was there and saw David. David took the sword of Goliath that was kept there.
1 Samuel 21:10-15-David goes to Achish, king of Gath (a Philistine) for protection (wearing the sword of Goliath). He was afraid that Achish would kill him...so, he acted like he had gone mentally insane to deceive him. It worked.
Prayer: Lord, David was wrongly accused and judged by Saul. Yet, he did not seek revenge. Sometimes we too are mistreated by other people. Please help me to leave judgment to You. Help me to have a heart of forgiveness. Don’t let there be any anger, or bitterness in me.