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April 1 - Evening

“David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, ‘Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?’

David answered Ahimelek the priest, ‘The king sent me on a mission and said to me, “No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.” As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find’…

…Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.

David asked Ahimelek, ‘Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.’

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.’ ”

- First Samuel 21:1-9

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David Seeks Refuge at Nob and Retrieves Goliath's Sword for Protection    

Jonathan had confirmed David’s fear that King Saul had betrayed David and that Saul would have David killed in order to secure the throne for himself. Not knowing who to trust, David takes matters into his own hands. Instead of trusting God or seeking godly counsel David goes to Nob and deceives the high priest Ahimelek in order to get support, weapons and supplies.

After the Philistine’s fiery destruction of the tabernacle at Shiloh in Samuel’s youth, the remains of the holy site (without the Ark of the Covenant) had been set up in Nob, which is most likely on top of Mount Scopus (the highest hill to the NE of Jerusalem here and here). This is where David met with the priest Ahimelek.

David falsely reported that he was on a secret mission, that his men were meeting him at another location, and that they had left in such a hurry they did not have time to organize supplies or to pack weapons. Is this even believable!?! Ahimelek thinks it is and offers to help David. So, Ahimelek gave David permission to take the sword used by Goliath against David in their famous duel in the Valley of Elah. (The sword had been put in the presence of the Lord as a token of the Lord’s victory over the Philistines and as a symbol of the Lord’s faithfulness to Israel. Many items like this would be dedicated to the Lord in his sanctuary or to pagan gods in their temples.) Of course, the sword had not been of much use to Goliath when David trusted in the name of the Lord! Why does David think Goliath’s sword will help him now? This should have been a huge clue for David! It should have exposed him to the fact that he was running in fear without faith right into a bigger problem. Still, David took it and said, “There is none like it; give it to me!”

David’s deceptive and fearful behavior will have terrible consequences on the priesthood and their sanctuary at Nob. One of Saul’s supporters who was also on the King’s royal payroll. An Edomite named Doeg is attending to some ritual details there at Nob will serve as an informant to Saul concerning David’s whereabouts and his apparent conspiracy with the priesthood of Israel against King Saul himself.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Our church, our very own church, still believes far too much in a good man and far too little in the only good Master. Too much and too little – that is why our church is perhaps no longer the light that lightens the darkness, which is what the church ought to be. It is a much too feeble church, a liberal church, just like the German Church that was
overthrown in 1933.”
– Karl Barth

Something to Ponder??

Church History Key Events
48 Jerusalem Council
64 Rome Burns
70 Rome destroys Jerusalem
and temple
150 Marcion and Gnosticism
190 Easter Conflict
219 Origen and Alexandrian Allegorical Interpretation
251 Cyprian and The Unity of the Church
269 Anthony and Monasticsm
312 Constantine and the Edict of Milan
325 Council of Nicea, and Arianism
353 Emperor Constantius and Religious Persecution by Christians
386 Augustine becomes a Christian
405 Jerome translates Bible into Latin (Latin Vulgate)
440 Pope Leo the Great
486 Clovis, King of the Franks
590 Pope Gregory the Great
613 Muhammad and Islam
726 Iconoclastic Controversy
787 Council of Nicea II
732 Battle of Tours
800 Charlemagne crowned emperor
909 Abbey of Cluny founded
936 Otto the Great
1054 Eastern church splits from Western church
1073 Hildebrand (Pope Gregory VII)
1096 First Crusade
1215 Fourth Lateran Council
1225 Thomas Aquinas and Scholasticism
1300 Mysticism
1370 John Wyclif
1453 Turks capture Constantinople
1456 John Gutenberg and the pringting press
1478 Spanish Inquisition
1517 Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
1526 William Tyndale and English translation of Bible
1545 Council of Trent
1525 Anabaptists and the Radical Reformation
1600 Pietism
1740 The Great Awakening
1793 William Carey and the missionary movement
1800’s False philosophies of Kierkegaard, Marx, Darwin, Freud, Wellhausen;
False religions of Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science,
Seventh Day Adventist
1910 The Fundamentals are published and distributed

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nothros (Gr) – sluggish (Eng) – nothros  is Greek word used in Hebrews 6:12 and Hebrews 5:11 to refer to believers who had become lazy in their thinking, study and desire to grow in the faith and spiritual production. The word nothros “dull, slow, sluggish” and is also translated as “slothful” or “lazy.” In the Greek language, the word nothros was used to refer to the numbed limbs of a sick lion. The lion in this example would have been hit by poison-tipped darts, which numbed the feeling and impeded the use of the limbs. The same word was also used in an ancient Greek story to describe the vain hopes of a foolish wolf who had heard a child’s nurse threaten to throw the child out to the wolves. The wolf had an opinion and an interpretation of the nurse’s words, but because the wolf’s doctrine was wrong, so was the hope he had based on false understanding.


The fate of the Ark of the Covenant could have been:

- It was stripped of its metal like the rest of the Temple furniture and walls, and the wood left to burn.

- 2 Macabbees 2:4-8 says that Jeremiah hid the ark on Mt. Nebo

- A priest(s) or King Josiah hid the Ark under the Temple in the Temple Mount in a place Solomon had prepared for it during a time of national emergency

- It was taken to Egypt when the remaining Jews took Jeremiah and it ended up in Ethiopia.
(Details here, here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I turn to my own schemes and to worthless forms of support when I begin to fear situations?
Does my fear make my faith ineffective? In times of stress, concern and fear I will put my trust in the Lord first. Before I run to the comfort of deception or flee to empty sources of assistance I will express my faith and my prayers to the Lord.
  "For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them."

- Proverbs 1:32
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Samuel 15 Judges 7
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A view of the synagogue from Peter's house in Capernaum.

Topography of Jerusalem as seen from the south.

Topography of Jerusalem as seen from the south.
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A view of the synagogue from Peter's house in Capernaum.
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