Daily Bible Reading “God Provides for David” (1 Samuel 21:1-15)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 21:1-15. David left Jonathan and went to Nob to see Ahimelech, the priest. Ahimelech was afraid when he saw David and asked him why was he alone.

David told Ahimilech that the king had sent him on business and told him not to tell anybody about what the king wanted him to do. David asked Ahimelech for five loaves of bread or whatever he had.

Ahimelech told David there was no common bread only hallowed bread, but if the men had kept away from women they could have it. David promised Ahimelech that the young men had not been with women for at least three days. So Ahimelech gave David the hollowed bread.

One of Saul’s servants was there that day. His name was Doeg, an Edomite, who was the chief herdsman for Saul.

David also asked Ahimelech if he had a sword or spear he could have. He told Ahimelech that he didn’t bring his with him because of the hasty manner of the king’s business.

Ahimelech told David the only sword in his possession was the one that David used to kill Goliath. David gladly took the sword that Ahimelech offered him. Isn’t it amazing how God provided David’s needs even when he was on the run?

For fear of his life David left Ahimelech and went to see Ahish the king of Gath. Ahish’s servants recognized David and asked wasn’t he the king of Israel. David was afraid of Ahish so he pretended to be crazy. The king asked his servants why they brought this mad man to him.

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 21:1-15

1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?
2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.
3 Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
5 And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.
6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.
8 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.
9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.
10 And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?

Things to think about:

  • When David left Jonathan where did he go?
  • What two things did David request?
  • Where did David go next?
  • What did he do there?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 1 Samuel we see that David was on the run. We see that he was provided bread to eat and a sword for protection. Thank You for all the ways You provide for us. Help us to realize that no matter the circumstances You have ways of providing our needs. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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