Saturday, September 5, 2015

1 Samuel 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 22. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The outcasts of society begin to come to David and view him as their leader (verses 1-2).
  • In verse 6 Saul begins talking about, and hearing about, events described in the previous couple of chapters in 1 Samuel. Though Saul considered David his enemy, Saul's son Jonathan was friends with him and had an agreement with him. And Ahimelech, one of the priests, had given David and his men some bread to help them. (David had lied to Ahimelech, saying he was representing the king when really he was running from him. So Ahimelech gave him the bread under false pretenses.)
  • Saul is so furious, and has become such a tyrant, that he has Ahimelech and 84 other priests, along with everyone else in the town of Nob, killed.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Outcasts were drawn to following David, and, in the same way, outcasts were drawn to following Jesus. God is a God of unconditional love and grace, and so the "worst" find compassion and refuge with Him.
  • If we put our faith in Him, God forgives us for our sin. But that doesn't mean we can escape the consequences for our sin. God forgave David for the lie he told to Ahimelech, but Ahimelech and 84 other priests suffered the consequences of David's actions.
  • It's interesting that Ahimelech tells the truth to Saul and does the right thing, but still suffers. Sometimes we suffer for doing wrong, sometimes we suffer for other people's wrong (as Ahimelech does for David's sin), and sometimes we suffer even if we do right.  We live in a messy world, and we are given no guarantees that life will go the way it should. What God does promise is to be with us, even when everything is wrong, and that something better is coming after this life.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you view the church as the place where the "worst" of society can come to find grace and compassion and refuge? That is God's idea, and what we want to create at Verve. How can you help your church be that kind of place?
  • Where are you currently suffering? Is it the consequence of something you've done wrong, or of another person's sin, or just of living in a messy world? How can you turn to God and hold on to Him even as you suffer?