David finds Jonathan and asks him, “What have I done?” 🤔 Why is your dad trying to kill me? Well David, you didn’t do anything except try to help Saul and the kingdom and you did a better job at it than Saul. Saul has a major jealousy problem! “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones”. (Proverbs 14:30 NLT) “Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” (Proverbs 27:4 ESV)
Unfortunately, David, a man who is doing great works for the kingdom, is on the run bc of one man’s jealousy. Jonathan tells David he will find out if Saul is still trying to kill him. Then Jonathan says, “And you shall not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever…” We will see David honor this vow later in the Story with Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. “Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” Jonathan understands what Jesus later commands in Matthew 12:31. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jonathan even lays down his own rights, as the son of Saul, to the kingdom for David. Well, Saul tells Jonathan, “For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom”. But see, Jonathan was not all about Jonathan. So Jonathan reports back to David his dad’s plan to kill him.
David, on the run again, goes to a priest named Ahimelech in Nob. There is no bread there for David and his men so the priest gives David the holy bread. Jesus will later use this story of giving the holy bread in a time of need in Mark 2:23-28 to rebuke the Pharisees who were beating people over the head with the law.
The reading ends today with David having to act like a madman to spare his life. Even in the midst of his terrible circumstances David is still praising God. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” David knows that even when man is against him, God is for him. He also knows that “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart”. Tomorrow, Doeg, Saul’s servant, reports back a David sighting to Saul. Keep reading to find out what happens.
(1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, Psalm 34)