Sunday, December 6, 2009

92: Saul Kills Priests

1 Samuel 21-24
David, still running from Saul, goes to Ahimelech the priest of Nob. Ahimelech seems terrified that David is alone. I'm not sure why. David lies and says that Saul sent him on a mission. For this imaginary mission, David needs food and weapons. The priest gives David bread, and Goliath's sword (I have no idea why Ahimelech has it).

The last section in chapter 21 is weird. David goes to Gath and meets the king. The king asks him if he is the David everyone is talking about. David is immediately terrified and pretends to be insane by drooling everywhere and writing on everyone's doors. The king sends him away because he thinks David is nuts. My guess is that he doesn't want Saul to know where he is. Not that Saul isn't going to find out.

Saul hears that David is getting assistance from priests. In anger he goes to Ahimelech and asks him why he would help David. Keep in mind that Ahimelech thought he was helping Saul (he thought David was on a mission for Saul), and he makes sure to tell Saul this. Saul, not believing him, sends his men to not only kill Ahimelech, but all the people of Nob (men, women, and children of course). God sure knows how to pick his prophets. Speaking of God, where is he? The only time he shows up in these chapters is to give a little advice to David. Other than that he is completely absent.

David fights some more Philistines while Saul is after him. Overachiever. Jonathan finds his way back to David and assures David that he will prevail over Saul. They "make a covenant" again. I really want to know what that means. Maybe something like "make whoopee"? (that's a joke, by the way, you can stop freaking out now)

Saul comes after David again. This time David hides in a cave. Coincidentally, the cave David is hiding in is the same cave Saul goes into to go to the bathroom. While Saul is relieving himself, David cuts off a piece of his robe. As Saul is leaving the cave, David calls to him. David goes on a rant about how he doesn't know why Saul is after him, because he isn't trying to kill Saul. He shows the piece of robe as evidence that he could have killed Saul if he wanted to.

Saul weeps and says that he's sorry and that he won't kill David now. Sure he won't, this isn't the first time Saul has promised to not kill David.

It'd sure be nice if there was an omnipotent being that could take care of corrupt kings.

*News*
We have a Tim Tebow update. The Florida Gators have lost the Southeastern Conference title game to the "Crimson Tide" of Alabama. If you have no idea why I'm talking about Tim Tebow take a look here or here.

I've said it before, but I don't think I can say it enough. God doesn't care about your sports team!

To make matters worse (and terribly ironic) here is the quote that was under Tebow's eyes for the championship game:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
So (my naive interpretation), you're going to have trouble in your life, but don't be sad, because you can overcome your problems just like Jesus. I'm sure with this inspirational quote under his eyes, Tim Tebow will valiantly take his loss to Alabama, and take comfort in the fact that Jesus suffered much more than he did in his quaint little football game.

Unfortunately, Tebow openly wept on the sideline after losing. Oops. Quick, someone hand him a mirror so he can remember to be inspired by the bible.

Here's the video:


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