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Life of David: I Samuel 22:20-23

04 May
Life of David: I Samuel 22:20-23

We saw last Sunday that after the massacre of the priests of Nob Saul had lost everything except for the raw power he still remained in control of. The power he exercised was still intact to a large degree, even though basically mostly unfaithful men to him were still executing his orders. But not completely. One of Ahimelech’s sons, Abiathar, had escaped and fled to David. He spilled out to David all of the tragic events that had transpired at Nob, and David offered him a resting place with he and his men. We see that David treats God’s priests much differently than does Saul. This section today seems to illustrate to us the vast differences between the two men.

The “Saul and Ahimelech” and the “David and Abiathar” sections show up in complete contrast to one another. Especially when you read the final words of Saul and David. Saul uttered the words “Ye shall surely die” (vs.16) and David consoles with the words “You will be safe with me” (vs. 23). David is the protector and preserver of the priests, while Saul was the destroyer and murderer of them.

Abiathar”s escape and safety is really a bigger deal than it may seem off hand. This is a sign to us of how God always preserves His people in the middle of destruction. Abiathar it seems to me, shows a pattern of how God appears to work through the pages of Scripture. Of all of the thousands of baby Hebrew males slaughtered by the edict of Pharoah, God saved Moses (Ex.2:1-10). It appeared that Baal had the victory and was master of Israel, but God preserved His remnant of 7,000 (I Kings 19:18). Herod slew the young males in his fury but One of the toddlers escaped. He had absolutely no idea how difficult, or impossible it is, to reverse redemption once God had ordained it.

Abiathar stands as a witness to the way God constantly preserves a remnant of His people. The priests of Nob were slaughtered, but they were not completely destroyed. God’s people may be put down at times but we shall NEVER be eradicated. When God made the escape possible for Abiathar, He was not showing us that all believers are immune to the world’s hatred and barbarism against us but that the world can never wipe us all out. The Lord has never promised one of us that we will never die for His kingdom, but that the kingdom of God will never die He has promised.

There will always be the true church of Jesus Christ (not by particular denominations or names) on this earth until Christ sets up His Kingdom on this earth. Abiathar is a testimony to this in this Old Testament narrative. I love how the Old Testament harmonizes and teaches us the same lessons shown thousands of years before Christ.

Until next time, Lord willing,
Grace be to you all,

Levi

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Christianity, David, Faith, Religion

 

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5 responses to “Life of David: I Samuel 22:20-23

  1. jw1ggytheloon

    May 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This is really good stuff Levi…If I were to tell you my history and how foolish I had been in the past I do believe you would agree Jesus has kept me…I try to figure out why only to come to the conclusion he really does love me…I also feel at times I’m part of a remnant that exists in the inner court…There is a body of believers that are part of The Lords permissive will and are found in the outer court…Then there are believers much like myself the type that can’t get enough of him and strive for absolute obedience…Those that want to truly fulfill the calling Jesus has called them to…This body of believers I tend to think are a remnant that abide in the inner court and really want Gods perfect will to take hold in there lives…Thanks Levi for posting this it was a good reminder no matter what goes down The Lord will always hold us dear and close to him…even if it means we gotta suffer to the point of losing our heads at the gillatean…Keep up the good work found in Gods Holy word can’t wait to mete u in Heaven my dear brother…much Luv J.W1GGY

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Read Psalm 103 when you have a chance. You may have it memorized. He knows we are all but dust but those that fear him, as you would a father, not the fear of being banished for wrong do He blesses and works through us. He is full of mercy and grace. He never gives up on His people. Good words brother. Thanks!!!!

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  2. paulfg

    May 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Levi, thank you. This OT/NT divide just keeps being eroded. From every direction.

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    • Levi Thetford

      May 5, 2014 at 4:24 am

      Good morning Paul. I agree entirely. I believe the whole Book is one and only one theme. A fellow Brit, Alex Motyer is one of my authors trying to revive the continuity between the two. He is a most excellent author. His book “Roots” is excellent. He’s a master on the book of Isaiah. Hope your Monday is a good one!!!

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  3. SLIMJIM

    May 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Good observation of the juxtaposition between David and Saul.

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