1 Samuel 21
Notes on God's Plan
GOD'S PLAN - 1). The priest trembled when David arrived, unannounced. (v.1) David's reputation preceded him. Ahimilech knew what David had done and what a great warrior he was. God was increasing David's influence and legacy amongst the people of Israel; God was making His King. 2). David arrived right when there was hot bread from the Lord's presence ready. (v.6) His timing was perfect, though he wouldn't have been able to plan that. God was ordaining his steps, even if David wasn't totally faithful in his actions. David was ready to give up on God, but God wasn't ready to give up on Him. 3). There was a servant of Saul there, his head shepherd Doeg. (v.7) When David saw him, he would remember where God had brought him from. He would know that God was still in control. The devil wanted Doeg there to inform King Saul of David's whereabouts, but God had him there for a better reason, to encourage His future King. 4). Ahilimech gave David the sword of Goliath. (v.9) This was the only weapon they had. David would know it well, for he used it to cut off Goliath's head. This weapon was a part of one of David's great moment sin his life. God was once again reminding him that He was in control. David needed this reminder, and God gave it to him just in time.
1 Samuel 22
Notes on God's Plan
GOD'S PLAN - David escaped Gath and went to a cave. (v.1) God took him to a place where they could gather and have shelter. God moved him back to the wilderness where he could be safe and have his family come near. God was still in control. He took him to a cave, a dwelling for animals. In this way, David resembled Jesus, foreshadowing the coming of our King. In the most unlikely places, greatness can be born.
GOD'S PLAN - Abiathar was the only priest to escape the rampage of Doeg on behalf of King Saul. (v.20,21) He ran away and joined up with David and his army of outcasts. God had now brought a priest to David and his men. Although it was through a horrible tragedy, God again brings good out of what was meant for bad.