On The Run – 1 Samuel 21 Part One

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Fleeing To Nob (1 Samuel 21:1-9)

1. Why did David head for Nob?

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?”

2. What kind of town is Nob?

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.

3. Where was Nob located?

Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

4. What was Ahimelek’s reaction to David’s arrival and why? (Verse 2)

David answered Ahimelek the Priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.

5. What excuse did David use for arriving in Nob?

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”

6. Could David be speaking of the king who sent him as, “God the king?”

So the Priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

7. What did David need immediately?

Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Deog the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.

8. What did the Priest say was the only food available?

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.”

9. What difficulty did the Priest face in giving David and his men, “Holy Bread?”

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.”

David At Gath

10. Why did Ahimelek depart from the commands of Levitical law and give David the sacred bread?

That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

11. What does David mean by calling the young men “vessels?” (Verse 5)

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”

12. Not only did David ask for something to eat, but what else did he want?

David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.

13. What obvious danger did David encounter?

So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

14. What were David’s feelings at this time? (Psalm 52)

1. Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God.

2. You who practice deceit,
Your tongue plots destruction;
It is like a sharpened razor.

3. You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

4. You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!

5. Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent:
He will uproot you from the land of the living.

6. The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,

7. “Here now is the man
who did not make God his
stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying
others!

8. But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.

9. For what You have done I will
always praise You
in the presence of Your faithful
people.
And I will hope in your name,
for Your name is good.

Escaping To Gath, (1 Samuel 21:10-15)

15. Where did David flee out of fear of Saul? Why? (Verse 10)

That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

16. What town did David choose?
Why is that significant?

That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.

17. When the people of Gath recognized him, what came to their minds?

But the servants of Achish said to him, ” Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands’.”

18. What kind of disguise did David use?

David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.

19. What three things did he do?

So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

20. How did the king react to David’s behavior?

Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?

21. Does David actually get away with his deceipt and hypocrisy?

Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?

22. What was David thinking through this experience? (Psalm 34 & 56)

34:1. I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

2. I will glory on the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3. Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt His name together.

4. I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.

5. Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

6. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.

7. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.

8. Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the one who takes
refuge in Him.

9. Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.

10. The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord
lack nothing.

11. Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the
Lord.

12. Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good
days,

13. Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from telling lies.

14. Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are attentive to their cry;

16. but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out the name from their earth.

17. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
He delivers them from all their troubles.

18. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19. The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;

20. He protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21. Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22. The Lord will rescue His servants;
no one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.

(Psalm 56)

1. Be merciful to me, my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their
attack.

2. My adversaries pursue me all day
long;
in their pride many are attacking me.

3. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

4. In God, whose word I praise-
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?

5. All day long they twist my words;
all their schemes are for my ruin.

6. They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
hoping to take my life.

7. Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
in Your anger, God, bring the nations down.

8. Record my misery;
list my tears on Your scroll-
are they not in Your record?

9. Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.
By this I know that God will help me.

10. In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise.

11. In God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?

12. I am under vows to You, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to You.

13. For You have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

Notes from church. Researched on Biblegateway.com, New International Version

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