May. 24, 2020
1 Samuel 21:1-10
- “David’s isn’t an ideal life but an actual life.”
- Author/Pastor Eugene Peterson ~ Leap Over a Wall
- a.David’s life as recorded in Scripture is a real ____________. David is a real person, and real people make mistakes. Real people ____________ up. Real people sin.
- b.The ways of God are unattractive and seemingly irrelevant when we are ____________, ____________, or ____________.
- c.When one or more of these emotions are present, ____________ decision making is greatly challenged. We feel compelled to do something … _______thing.
- d.The backstory…
Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send
someone to bring him to me, for he must die!” 1 Samuel 20:30–31
- 2.David’s Response:
- a.He ____________ and entered survival mode because he was alone, angry and afraid.
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?” 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.
Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”
But 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.”
So the priest gave him the consecrated bread…1 Samuel 21:1-4, 6
- b.He made a horrible decision…it began with a ____________ to be fed.
David 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.” The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine,
whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here;”1 Samuel 21:8-9
- c.He ran ____________ the issue rather than run ____________ it.
- “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves;
- for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”1 Samuel 17:47
- ÞWhat happened to the clear-eyed, courageous, and humble 15-year-old?
- 3.Three ____________ —Fear ~ Anger ~ Loneliness
The 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.”1 Samuel 21:9
- a.David’s panicked response leads to ____________ consequences.
“Ahimelek inquired of the Lord for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek…and all the men of his family,
who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.
Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?” Ahimelek answered the king, “Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household? Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father’s family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair.”
But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family.” Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”1 Samuel 22:10–11, 13–17
- I am responsible for the death of your whole family.1 Samuel 22:22
- b.David discovered taking matters into his own hands felt ____________ for a moment, but it didn’t turn out ____________ at all.
- a.When we need God ____________, we’re apt to lean towards God the ____________.
- b.What are the giants (fear, anger, loneliness) which are causing you to consider making unwise decisions?
- c.Who, besides you, do your considerations put at ____________?
- d.What advice would you give to the person you see every morning in the ____________?
- e.Here is David’s advice…
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in
you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.Psalm 9:9–10
- f.Here’s Jesus’ advice…
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”Matthew 11:28–29
- a.When you feel ____________, remember, you are ____________.
- b.Don’t run; ____________.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, my stronghold in times of trouble.Psalm 9:9
- c.Pray and ____________in Jesus!
(Reminder: Communion elements will be needed next week ~ May 31 if you choose to participate in The Lord's Supper on Pentecost Sunday.)