Today’s reading is: 1 Sam. 20-21; Psa. 34
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46:20-57:45—Resources to identify where Psalms and other Old Testament passages are quoted in the New Testament
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty
- David confronts Jonathan with Saul’s latest murder plot, but Jonathan has no knowledge of Saul’s current intentions (1st Sam. 20:1,2).
- David advises Jonathan on a plan of action, so that Jonathan can discover Saul’s true intentions (1st Sam. 20:3-8).
- Jonathan agrees to David’s plan, and initiates a procedure for surreptitious communication (1st Sam. 20:9-11,18-23).
- Jonathan & David make a covenant with one another, that recognizes the Lord’s will in anointing David to replace Saul (1st Sam. 20:12-17).
- Jonathan puts David’s plan into action, and finds out quite violently what Saul’s intentions are (1st Sam. 20:24-34).
- Jonathan uses his procedure for surreptitious communication, but then works against that plan by speaking directly with David (1st Sam. 20:35-42).
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-One
- David’s flight takes him to Ahimelech the priest, at Nob (1st Sam. 21:1a).
- Ahimilech was a priest of the line of Ithamar, and descended from Eli (1st Chr. 24:3; 1st Kgs. 2:26,27).
- Nob was a town of priests, just north of Jerusalem in Benjamin (Isa. 10:32).
- Ahimelech is frightened by the manner in which David was coming to him (1st Sam. 21:1b).
- David invents a story (the old “secret mission” story) and asks the priest for assistance (1st Sam. 21:2-9).
- Doeg the Edomite observes David’s presence, and will be used by the Adversary to bring about a great evil (1st Sam. 21:7; 22:9,10,18,19; Ps. 52).
- David flees to the land of the Philistines (1st Sam. 21:10-15).
- He intends to offer himself to Achish for service, but the Philistine servants recognize him (1st Sam. 21:10,11).
- David acted insanely for the purpose of escaping from the Philistines (1st Sam. 21:12-15). Pastor Bob’s favorite rhetorical question in the entire Bible is featured here: do I lack madmen? Nice Wikipedia entry for Meshuga.
- Psalm 34 is an acrostic psalm.
- There is no verse beginning with ו.
- The surprise comes in Ps. 34:6 (Heb. v.7) with a verse that begins with ז: This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
- Since the acrostic ends at v.21, instead of v.22, the final verse of the chapter makes the overall point—David’s gospel message to the down-trodden.
- David has blessings and praise for the Lord Who delivered him from the Philistines (Ps. 34:1).
- David will boast in the Lord, and allow his failures to instruct others (Ps. 34:2,3).
- David’s Bible class was an encouragement to the down-trodden that had come to him for hope (Ps. 34:4-7; 1st Sam. 22:2).
- David’s Bible class was an exhortation to those down-trodden, to live for the Lord, and for His glory (Ps. 34:8-14).
- David’s Bible class was an exhibition of the Lord’s faithfulness towards believers, and the Lord’s righteous judgment against unbelievers (Ps. 34:15-22).
Several Logos resources are available to identify where the Psalms (and other OT passages) are quoted in the NT.