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Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about Doeg and his betrayal of Ahimelech and the priests. Betrayal comes in so many forms and ranges from lying to broken covenants. No matter the size or type it hurts. As someone that had one of the worst betrayals come upon me and my family, it is something that will always haunt me.

David prays for justice, committing himself to walk in righteousness even in the midst of dishonest and evil people. In his Inferno, Dante places traitors at the deepest level of hell. Judas is one of those figures who is portrayed in this circle of hell, along with Lucifer and other deceivers. The bread of the presence is a sign of how God, out of love, fed the people of Israel in their desert wanderings. David eats the bread of the presence so that he has the strength to continue the fight and flee from Saul, who is unjustly pursuing him.

We always need to remember God loves us and desires to make our hearts his own. It may be hard to trust when we have been hurt by the betrayal of others, but we can always trust the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Samuel 21

1 David then got up and left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

2 David then went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech came out trembling to meet David and said, ‘Why are you alone? Why is nobody with you?’

3 David replied to Ahimelech the priest, ‘The king has given me an order and said to me, “Do not let anyone know anything about the mission on which I am sending you, or about the order which I have given you.” I have arranged to meet the guards at such and such a place.

4 Meanwhile, if you have five loaves of bread to hand, give them to me, or whatever there is.’

5 The priest replied to David, ‘I have no ordinary bread to hand; there are only consecrated loaves of permanent offering — provided that the men have kept themselves from women?’

6 David replied to the priest, ‘Certainly, women have been forbidden to us, as always when I set off on a campaign. The men’s things are clean. Though this is a profane journey, they are certainly clean today as far as their things are concerned.’

7 The priest then gave him what had been consecrated, for the only bread there was the loaves of permanent offering, which is taken out of Yahweh’s presence, to be replaced by warm bread on the day when it is removed.

8 Now one of Saul’s servants happened to be there that day, detained in Yahweh’s presence; his name was Doeg the Edomite and he was the strongest of Saul’s shepherds.

9 David then said to Ahimelech, ‘Have you no spear or sword here to hand? I did not bring either my sword or my weapons with me, because the king’s business was urgent.’

10 The priest replied, ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine whom you killed in the Valley of the Terebinth is here, wrapped in a piece of clothing behind the ephod; if you care to take it, do so, for that is the only one here.’ David said, ‘There is nothing like that one; give it to me.’

11 David journeyed on and that day fled out of Saul’s reach, going to Achish king of Gath.

12 Achish’s servants said to him, ‘Is not this David, the king of the country? Was it not of him that they sang as they danced: Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands?’

13 David pondered on these words and became very frightened of Achish king of Gath.

14 When their eyes were on him, he played the madman and, when they held him, he feigned lunacy. He drummed his feet on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard.

15 Achish said to his servants, ‘You can see that this man is mad. Why bring him to me?

16 Have I not enough madmen, without your bringing me this one to weary me with his antics? Is he to join my household?’

1 Samuel 22

1 David left there and took refuge in the Cave of Adullam; his brothers and his father’s whole family heard this and joined him there.

2 All those in distress, all those in debt, all those who had a grievance, gathered round him and he became their leader. There were about four hundred men with him.

3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, ‘Allow my father and mother to stay with you until I know what God intends to do for me.’

4 He left them with the king of Moab and there they stayed all the time that David was in the stronghold.

5 The prophet Gad, however, said to David, ‘Do not stay in the stronghold; leave and make your way into the territory of Judah.’ David then left and went to the forest of Hereth.

6 When Saul heard that David and the men with him had been discovered, Saul was at Gibeah, seated under the tamarisk on the high place, spear in hand, with all his staff standing round him.

7 ‘Listen, Benjaminites!’ said Saul to them, ‘Is the son of Jesse going to give you all fields and vineyards and make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds

8 that you all conspire against me? No one warned me when my son made a pact with the son of Jesse; none of you felt sorry for me or warned me when my son incited my servant to become my enemy, as he is now.’

9 Then, up spoke Doeg the Edomite, who was in command of Saul’s staff, ‘I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub.

10 That man consulted Yahweh on his behalf, gave him provisions and also the sword of Goliath the Philistine.’

11 The king then sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and his whole family, the priests of Nob; they all came to the king.

12 Saul said, ‘Now listen, son of Ahitub!’ He replied, ‘Here I am, my lord.’

13 ‘Why have you conspired against me,’ said Saul, ‘you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and consulting God on his behalf, for him to rebel against me as is now the case?’

14 Ahimelech replied to the king, ‘Of all those in your service, who is more loyal than David son-in-law to the king, captain of your bodyguard, honoured in your household?

15 Was today the first time I ever consulted God on his behalf? Indeed it was not! The king has no grounds for bringing any charge against his servant or against his whole family, for your servant knew nothing whatever about all this.’

16 The king retorted, ‘You must die, Ahimelech, you and your whole family.’

17 The king said to the scouts who were standing round him, ‘Forward! and put the priests of Yahweh to death, for they too are on David’s side, they knew that he was escaping, yet did not warn me of it.’ The king’s professional soldiers, however, would not lift a hand to strike the priests of Yahweh.

18 The king then said to Doeg, ‘Forward, you! Fall on the priests!’ Doeg the Edomite stepped forward and fell on the priests, himself that day killing eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

19 Nob, the town of the priests, Saul put to the sword: men and women, children and infants, cattle, donkeys and sheep.

20 One son of Ahimelech son of Ahitub alone escaped. His name was Abiathar, and he fled away to join David.

21 When Abiathar told David that Saul had slaughtered the priests of Yahweh,

22 David said to Abiathar, ‘I knew, that day when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would be sure to inform Saul. I am responsible for the death of all your kinsmen.

23 Stay with me, do not be afraid, for he who seeks your life seeks mine; you will be safe with me.’

Psalm 52

1 [For the choirmaster Poem Of David When Doeg the Edomite went and warned Saul, ‘David has gone to Abimelech’s house’] Why take pride in being wicked, you champion in villainy, all day long

2 plotting crime? Your tongue is razor-sharp, you artist in perfidy.

3 You prefer evil to good, lying to uprightness.

4 You revel in destructive talk, treacherous tongue!

5 That is why God will crush you, destroy you once and for all, snatch you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living.

6 The upright will be awestruck as they see it, they will mock him,

7 ‘So much for someone who would not place his reliance in God, but relied on his own great wealth, and made himself strong by crime.’

8 But I, like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God, put my trust in God’s faithful love, for ever and ever.

9 I shall praise you for ever for what you have done, and shall trust in your name, so full of goodness, in the presence of your faithful.

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