1 Samuel 22* David at Adullam, Many resort to him. (1-5) Saul destroys thepriests of Nob. (6-19) Abiathar escapes to David. (20-23)1-5 See what weak instruments God sometimes uses, to bringabout his own purposes. The Son of David is ready to receivedistressed souls, who will be commanded by him. He receives allwho come unto Him, however vile and miserable; he changes theminto a holy people, and employs them in his service: those whowould reign with him must be contented first to suffer with andfor him. Observe with what tender concern David provided for hisaged parents. The first thing he does is to find them a quiethabitation, whatever became of himself. Let children learn tohonour their parents, in every thing consulting their ease andsatisfaction. Though highly preferred, and much employed, letthem not forget their aged parents. The steps of a good man areordered by the Lord. And the Lord will preserve his people fortheir appointed work, however they may be hated and exposed. 6-19 See the nature of jealous malice and its pitiful arts.Saul looks upon all about him as his enemies, because they donot just say as he says. In Ahimelech's answer to Saul we havethe language of conscious innocence. But what wickedness willnot the evil spirit hurry men to when he gets the dominion! Saulalleges that which was utterly false and unproved. But the mostbloody tyrants have found instruments of their cruelty asbarbarous as themselves. Doeg, having murdered the priests, wentto the city, Nob, and put all to the sword there. Nothing sovile but those may do it, who have provoked God to give them upto their hearts' lusts. Yet this was the accomplishment of thethreatenings against the house of Eli. Though Saul wasunrighteous in doing this, yet God was righteous in permittingit. No word of God shall fall to the ground. 20-23 David greatly lamented the calamity. It is great troubleto a good man to find himself any way the cause of evil toothers. He must have been much pained, when he considered thathis falsehood was one cause of this fatal event. David speakswith assurance of his own safety, and promises that Abiatharshould have his protection. With the Son of David, all who arehis may be sure they shall be in safeguard, #Ps 91:1|. In thehurry and distraction David was continually in, he found timefor communion with God, and found comfort in it.
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