| 12 June 2013 |



*1 Samuel 21*

New Living Translation (NLT)

*David Runs from Saul*

*1 [**a*

*]*David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest.
Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. “Why are you alone?” he asked.
“Why is no one with you?”

*2 *“The king has sent me on a private matter,” David said. “He
told me not to tell anyone why I am here. I have told my men where to
meet me later.*3 *Now, what is there to eat? Give me five loaves of
bread or anything else you have.”

*4 *“We don’t have any regular bread,” the priest replied.
“But there is the holy bread, which you can have if your young men
have not slept with any women recently.”

*5 *“Don’t worry,” David replied. “I never allow my men to be
with women when they are on a campaign. And since they stay clean even
on ordinary trips, how much more on this one!”

*6 *Since there was no other food available, the priest gave him the
holy bread—the Bread of the Presence that was placed before the Lord
in the Tabernacle. It had just been replaced that day with fresh

*7 *Now Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief herdsman, was there that day,
having been detained before the Lord.*[**b*


*8 *David asked Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword? The
king’s business was so urgent that I didn’t even have time to grab
a weapon!”

*9 *“I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you
killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped
in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is
nothing else here.”

“There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me!”

*10 *So David escaped from Saul and went to King Achish of Gath. *11
*But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there.
“Isn’t this David, the king of the land?” they asked. “Isn’t
he the one the people honor with dances, singing,

‘Saul has killed his thousands,

and David his ten thousands’?”

*12 *David heard these comments and was very afraid of what King
Achish of Gath might do to him. *13 *So he pretended to be insane,
scratching on doors and drooling down his beard.

*14 *Finally, King Achish said to his men, “Must you bring me a
madman?*15 *We already have enough of them around here! Why should I
let someone like this be my guest?”


Sometimes God has a great sense of humour. A big part of David’s
story is the way he stood up and killed the giant, Goliath. After a
difficult time with Saul, David ends up escaping and ends up getting
the very sword that was meant to cause him harm a few chapters back;
the sword of the giant he killed.

There are so many strategies against us, strategies God protects us
from. Sometimes, God uses those same failed attacks to give to us to
use as our own weapon. This may come in various forms. They always act
as a reminder that God is a God of justice, and cares for us, His


When we face battles, we can think back to this account of Goliath’s
sword being given to David to use as a weapon against His enemy. Let
that be a reminder that God is in control and uses all things to work
for our good. (Rom 8:28)


God thank you that you are in control and that you use the things that
are against me to strengthen me, and ultimately for my good. Help me
to continue trusting you even when facing those battles. Amen.

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