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April 20, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 21 (ESV)

Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away....Continue Reading

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  1. And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.”
    This will cause issues later a long with the lies.

  2. In this chapter we are introduced to Ahimelech serving as a priest in Nob. We should assume that the ark and the tabernacle have been moved to Nob if the bread of the presence is being changed every day. Remember that bread was in the Holy place just outside the Holy of Holies. The lampstand and the altar of incense were also in the Holy place. David does lie to Ahimelech. Saul has not sent David on a mission. But who’s life is David trying to protect? One could argue he was thinking of Ahimelech because David is fleeing and as the priest remains there, David does not want it to seem like he is conspiring with David. He could tell Saul David said he was here for you so of course I gave him what I did. It is interesting that David is given the left over bread, because that bread was suppose to always be before the Lord representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

    It is interesting that David gets Goliath’s sword. Who else deserved it more? And because David is in Philistine territory while fleeing from Saul, he does a little acting to preserve his life and make himself less threatening. But mostly to say I am not here to kill you, or at least showing himself unable to do so.

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