Scripture: “David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. ‘Why are you alone?’ he asked. ‘Why is no one with you?’ ‘The king has sent me on a private matter,’ David said. ‘He told me not to tell anyone why I am here. I
Scripture: “So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, ‘Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you
Jonathan snuck away from Saul and the rest of the army with a crazy idea. He and his armor bearer would go fight the Philistines. Jonathan was either curious, crazy, or courageous. He understood that the battle was the Lord’s battle to win. He knew that God did not require lavish fanfare to defeat their enemy. The first step out from hiding from the Philistines would have seemed like a bad strategy. What if they were attacked from all sides? Jonathan and his armor bearer had no backup plan and no reinforcements. They had a clear disadvantage and were outnumbered. Yet, Jonathan, full of faith, took the sign from God as the answer and forged ahead…
David had been on the run from Saul with his men. He had sent a message to Nabal asking for provisions for the people in his camp. This request would seem out of place if it hadn’t been for David already helping Nabal by protecting his shepherds in the fields. Nabal was a wealthy man, and the request was sent at a time of celebration when the sheep were being sheared. David’s request was reasonable, and Nabal had the resources to give. However, David was a warrior, so when Nabal refused to honor his request or even acknowledge David’s contribution, David gathered his men to fight. While the situation could have ended with David fighting with swords and winning the battle, an unexpected person stepped into the situation.