1 Samuel 21:1–9 – "Find Rest" – J. P. Kang

Questions for Reflection:

1. In this passage, David is on the run for his life from Saul, but briefly visits Ahimelech the priest to seek provisions. When you have been hounded by trouble, who or what has helped you find respite and regain perspective?

2. David appears to have composed many prayers of lament and trust while on the run (e.g. the superscriptions to Psalms 3, 6, 18, 34, 52, 54, 57, 59, 63, and 142). How does the storm of stress affect the way you express your feelings?

3. David was temporarily separated from his men who were his usual support. How does the absence of usual sources of support impact how you work and rest?

4. David knew Doeg was trouble on first sight (1 Samuel 22:22; his appearance in 21:7 ominously foreshadows his massacre of 85 priests at Nob at Saul’s bidding, including Ahimelech [1 Samuel 22:11–19]). How do you explain or interpret the unforeseen consequences of close brushes with evil?