On the Run

David’s band is on the run.  He has a loyal group of fighting men and they are trusting the Lord to provide for them.  When they get to Nob God provides a sympathetic priest who gives them bread that it is not lawful to eat.  This provision is so unusual that Jesus uses it as an example that the needs of people take precedence over the keeping of ceremonial laws.

Secondly David ends up in the land of his enemies and God provides for him there.  Wherever David goes God provides what is needed to fulfil his plan for the man after his heart.  This raises two questions for us.  Are we working out God’s plan for the world during our little appearance on earth?  Are we pursuing God: are we people after his own heart?

1 Samuel 21

1 [a]David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”

 2 David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. 3Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

 4But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”

 5 David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever[b] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” 6So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

 7Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.

 8David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”

 9The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”

   David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

David at Gath

 10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:

   “‘Saul has slain his thousands,
   and David his tens of thousands’?”

 12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

 14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 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?”

Questions

  1. To which two locations did David flee?
  2. How did God provide for David at each location?
  3. How is God’s provision for David unusual?
  4. Are you in danger emotionally or physically in any way?
  5. How could God use the emotional or physical threat?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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10 Responses to On the Run

  1. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. He fled first to Nob and then to Gath.
    2. He provided for David and his men’s physical hunger at Nob by providing bread from the priest. He provided for him at Gath by protecting him from the King.
    3. It is unusual because he normally would not have been able to eat the consecrated bread. However, in this situation he was able to.
    4. I’m not really in danger that I know of.
    5. He could use it to bring me closer to Him and to show me something about Himself.

  2. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.To which two locations did David flee?
    – Nob and Gath
    2.How did God provide for David at each location?
    – God fed David with consecrated bread at Nob and at Gath he was protected from king of Gath.
    3.How is God’s provision for David unusual?
    – God allowed David to have consecrated bread for meeting his hunger.
    4.Are you in danger emotionally or physically in any way?
    – I’m unsure.
    5.How could God use the emotional or physical threat?
    – He could use them in order for us to have full dependence on Him.

  3. Sokloon Dy says:

    1. He went to Nob and Gath.
    2. At Nob, God provided him bread and at Gath, God provided him protection.
    3. He was able to eat the consecrated bread, which made this unusual.
    4. I am in danger when i go out because it is not safe in this city.
    5. To draw me closer to Himself and rely on Him.

  4. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1. He fled to Nob and Gath.
    2. At Nob, God provided food and Goliath’s sword as a weapon. At Gath, God protected him through acting insane.
    3. It is ironic that David ends up using the sword of the man he killed by the Lord’s power years before.
    4. I am in danger emotionally because I am very unstable and unsure about my future and overall completely drained.
    5. God is using this time to force me to rely on Him for stability and trust Him with the unknown, and find my strength in Him alone!

  5. Moon Jung Kim[ED 2203;Mon 6:00pm class] says:

    1.To which two locations did David flee? To Nob and Gath
    How did God provide for David at each location? at Nob God provided bread and sword through the priest, and at Gath God provided wisdom and protection.
    3.How is God’s provision for David unusual? the consecrated bread is a offering to God and God provided the bread to David.
    4.Are you in danger emotionally or physically in any way? since i am foreign status in the U.S., which means that I am not under a governmental protection of Korea in the U.S., sometimes I feel insecure and afraid of unexpected accidents.
    5.How could God use the emotional or physical threat? however, in the middle of the threat, God shows not only my weakness threat in the circumstance, but also His power, His present and His love toward me so that I can comfort in Him.

  6. Kristen Patush says:

    1.To which two locations did David flee?

    Nob and Gath

    2.How did God provide for David at each location?

    Nob – bread and sword through the priest
    Gath- wisdom and protection

    3.How is God’s provision for David unusual?

    He ate unlawful bread

    4.Are you in danger emotionally or physically in any way?

    I feel drained from family issues and the overload of school work and work hours.

    5.How could God use the emotional or physical threat?
    By making me aware that it is not in my strength that I will get through this though time, but in His. I am made completely dependent on God when I know I can not do anything on my own. I let him carry me.

  7. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. David fled to Nob and Gath.
    2. God provided for David at Nob by giving him consecrated bread to eat, and at Gath by protecting him from Achish the king.
    3. God’s provision for David is unusual because He gave David bread that was set aside for ceremonial purposes and was not supposed to be eaten, and by protecting David when he acted like a crazy man, making the king not want to have anything to do with David.
    4. Yes.
    5. He could show me that He is in control and the He will provide for me and give me what I need.

  8. Grace Yoo says:

    1. David fled to Nob and Gath.

    2. God provided for David at Nob by giving him bread and a sword to protect himself. God also provided for David at Gath by giving him wisdom and protection.

    3. God’s provision for David is unusual in the way that he was provided consecrated bread when it is supposed to be used as an offering to the Lord.

    4. Yes, I think we are all in danger physically and emotionally because there is always a spiritual warfare going on.

    5. God could use the physical and emotional threat to show that He rules over everything and that He is in control.

  9. Jessica Gentry says:

    1. David fled to Nob and Gath.
    2. God provided for David at Nob by giving him bread to eat and a sword to fight with. He then provided at Gath by giving him wisdom to act insane, and be kept safe from harm.
    3.God’s provision fo David is unusual in that it consisted of eating bread that was unlawful.
    4. I am only emotional in danger when I allow my emotions to control my emotions to control my actions.
    5. God can use any emotional or physical threat to prove His power and grace, in difficult situations God sometimes shines the brightest.

  10. aaron wright says:

    1 nob n gath
    2. God provided bread and then protection by a king
    3. David was allowed to eat consecrated bread
    4. emotionally! girlfriend! twitterpation! id be in trouble without prayer and Scripture!

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