1 Samuel 21:10 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.
It’s been a minute since the last post. I’ve been working like crazy and just haven’t had the extra time it takes to seriously put some time into writing something that I feel would be helpful and perhaps thought provoking.
In this chapter we find David running from King Saul, in the last chapter he received word from Prince Jonathan that confirmed David’s suspicions, but how bad do things have to get for you to run to your enemy for sanctuary, for rest?
Just before this verse, David goes to the Tabernacle in Nob, most likely looking for a safe place to stay and something to eat. This is where things get complicated and confusing. He lies to the priest about why he is there. This is one of the portions of Scripture that is descriptive and NOT prescriptive. It tells us what happened, not necessarily what should happen in such times or situations. We know he is on the run from a crazed man bent on David’s destruction, and to make matters worse he sees Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s herdsmen there as well. There will be no sanctuary for David and his men here. David again has to flee, but this time right into enemy territory!
So I will ask you again, how bad do things have to get for you to run to your enemy for sanctuary, for rest?
Have there been times when you have found more comfort on the opposing side?
This chapter is still troubling to me; it still poses more questions than it answers, but if all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable… I (we) have something to learn.
Is it possible that our homes, groups and churches have become unsafe for those who are seeking refuge? Do we have a clue regarding the current culture of our organizations? When is the last time we have taken an honest and unbiased look at our structure? Do you feel trapped? Do you feel like you can be honest within your organization without retribution? Perhaps there is someone in your organization that is like a David, an up and coming youngster with all the right qualities, qualifications and charisma. Are you more inclined to nurture and direct this person, or are you disturbed and threatened by them?
Chew on that for a minute, answer honestly and take a hard look at yourself and your organization.