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1 sam 21 The Insane Man with Saliva On His beard

There’s some pretty big things that David does here that are really really bad.

1. David lies to the priest

• This is a big deal Prov 17:20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,

• the priest asks- here by yourself? You’re the King?- What are you doing here? HE LIES

• The priest more than likely has heard that David is on the lam- he’s trying to see whats up

• David should have told him the truth- Saul is trying to kill me! I need to be hidden- I need help!

• This is the Priest! This is the guy who is in a position to help him- a guy who can protect him

• But no- for whatever reason- David chooses to lie to protect himself.

Leviticus 19:11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

• Henry- David had great faith and courage, yet both failed him; he fell thus foully through fear and cowardice, and owing to the weakness of his faith.

2. David eats the consecrated bread

• Only Levites were allowed to eat this bread. Proverbs 20:17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

• 12 loves, 12 tribes, fresh every week, eaten by the priests only. Showed Israel dependence

Exodus 25:30 And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.

Leviticus 24:8–9 Makes it clear- Only the priests are allowed to eat it (feasting- JC Bread of Life)

• God showed him mercy in this instance- but he wasn’t supposed to eat it in the first place

• It was wrong. It was not for him. It was for the Priests. God forgave it- but its not his ideal.

3. David takes Goliaths sword

• How do you go from fully trusting God, killing Goliath with a sling shot to now, trying to find a way to defend yourself from Saul?

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

• Who is he trusting? Is he trusting in God, or trusting in his own strength?

• He eventually learned- Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

• But that’s not happening now- Its an act of unbelief that he takes the sword- an act of unbelief.

4. David hides with the enemy

• So the lying, bread stealing, unfaithful man goes a step further. Looking for protection? You can go and set up shop with the enemy- The ones who worship false gods, hurt Israel, pagans

• Help me understand- how do you go from defeating the enemy to sleeping with the enemy?

• You don’t go and find comfort with the Nation of Israel, but with the enemy? What the heck?

• The King of Gath is a sworn enemy of Israel- and now David is going to find protection there?

5. David acts like a fool

• So david is there- he is with the Enemy- He’s made some bad decisions- This guy Doeg is there watching David- probably going to report back to Saul where he’s at

• David loses his marbles here- He goes from the triumphant soon King that defeated Goliath to a faking madman- Scratching on the walls and drooling on himself- No fight. No confrontation-

• Just- I’m going to act crazy- that will get me out of this bind. I’m crazy- that’s why I did that!

What do we do with that? What’s the message?

• The “don’ts” are pretty obvious- Don’t lie. Don’t be unholy. Don’t trust in your own strength. Don’t go to the enemy. Don’t be a fool- This is not a “be like David” moment. It’s the opposite

• David has failed God, himself, Israel, his family, He has, in this instance ruined his good name

• How can a man like this be trusted to lead God’s people? How can he be used by God now?

• The truth is that some of the most powerful influential men of God in the Bible fell into some of the most grevious sins.

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