Summary: Our sins hurt others
I Didn't Know the Gun was loaded (1 Sam 21:1- ;22: -22 )
Intro : Let's start out with a story; there's a young man standing with his eyes glazing over with shock. His eyes slowly shift in utter disbelief from the still smoking gun in his hand to his best friend laying in the floor with an ever growing red spot on his chest .His eyes fill with fear as the life giving blood of his best friend begins to flow from the wound and starts to stain the carpet. I didn't know! I didn't know! The Gun was loaded! As the young victim's family enters the room the boy's mother screams in shock, the young man with the gun still in his hand utters I didn't mean to! I didn't know the gun was loaded! Please believe me I didn't know! He slowly lets the instrument of death slip from his fingers and runs to clutch his best friend as he holds his friend he begins to sob I Didn't Know! As the Para- Medic struggles to stop the blood flow through the room come the most agonizing scream the words I Didn't Know.
A lot of times people die because someone didn't know the gun was loaded.
People often die over someone careless mistake
It's not always a gun or knife that destroys and kills; It's not always a terrorist bomb or some other violent weapon
Sometimes it's just idle words or careless actions on our part; nothing meant to harm any one we're just playing with an unloaded gun.
Pre: David has just been told by Jonathan That Saul the King is going to kill him and is running for his life.
Text: 1 Sam 21:1 David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?"
1 Sam 21:2 David answered Ahimelech the priest, "The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, 'No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.
1 Sam 21:3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."
1 Sam 21:4 But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here--provided the men have kept themselves from women."
1 Sam 21:5 David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's things are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!"
1 Sam 21:6 So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.
1 Sam 21:7 Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul's head shepherd.
1 Sam 21:8 David asked Ahimelech, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's business was urgent."
1 Sam 21:9 The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."
Can you sense that somebody is about to get wasted by an unloaded gun someone is going down by someone elses careless action?
1 Sam 22:9 But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul's officials, said, "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.
1 Sam 22:10 Ahimelech inquired of the LORD for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."
1 Sam 22:11 Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and his father's whole family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.
1 Sam 22:12 Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." "Yes, my lord," he answered.
1 Sam 22:13 Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"
1 Sam 22:14 Ahimelech answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?