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!
1 Samuel 21
1 David then got up and left, and Jonathan went back to the town.
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.
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.
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.’
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?’
15 Achish said to his servants, ‘You can see that this man is mad. Why bring him to me?
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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?’
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.’
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.
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