1 Samuel 21

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 21

David at Nob and at Gath.


While David was fleeing from King Saul, he went to two places.

David and his men went to Nob to see Ahimelech the priest, seeking food and weapon. But Nob was in King Saul’s home territory, and he lied about his circumstance (v.2), to get food and weapon. He and his men ate the bread on the altar, which was allowed only to priests. Jesus quoted this story in his teaching on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28). The name Abiathar the high priest was the son of Ahimelech.

David was again in fear, and went to Achish the king of Gath. Gath was a Philistine territory. Why did David go to Philistine? He might want to flee from the hand of King Saul who tried to kill him.

David knew that he would not be accepted by the Philistines and could not fight against them his way out. And he used his intelligence by pretending himself to be madman so that he could save his life. As a result, he was not brought before king Achish but was able to leave.

The great future King of Israel went through this humiliation but God always watched over him through, which he later confessed in his Psalms.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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