David flees to the Tabernacle, next to Gath, and then to a hideout cave. Jesus’ words: The foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. Luke 9:58 Jesus was drawing a direct comparison of Himself with David. Both were rejected Christs. Saul show himself to be a Cain, with murderous designs against a close relative.
At the start of this passage we read David’s hungry action in eating the holy bread that Jesus refers back to when the Pharisees try to trap him about the law and the Sabbath (Matthew 12:3-4, Mark 2:25-26).
David and his men have been on the run, the dogs of Saul nipping at their heels, and they flee to a safe place.
It is interesting that Ahimelech the priest exhorts David regarding the holiness of his men in terms of being able to eat what is holy.
When the Pharisees attack Jesus, it is not because they want the Sabbath to be kept holy – They fear Him. They want to trap Jesus and make Him look foolish in front of the people.
Jesus upgrades our thinking about these things. The Pharisees had it wrong.
For us, someone greater than the law of Moses is come, greater than the stone temple, greater than our understanding of the law.
Holiness is about Him, following Him, knowing the He is Lord of the Sabbath. We are not at the mercy of a day, instead it is God’s mercy that has been shown toward us, as while we were still saying “get lost” to God, Jesus came and did His powerful, effective, once-for-all work.
It’s about perspective, and we can be encouraged in this.
David had the right perspective. We know from these passages that David had a very strong conviction about the Lord’s sovereign will (he refuses to kill Saul, time and again, God’s anointed one). We see here that David had an upgraded perspective, a heart after God’s own heart.
Jesus opens up our understanding of the law, of grace, of mercy and of holiness.
Let’s take hold of God’s command to us, wrestle with it, grasp hold of its simplicity, power and depth – From Leviticus 20:7,
“Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.”
As Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:16, God is saying,
“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
* Gracious Heavenly Father,
You alone are God. Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
You call us to be holy for You are holy.
Please help us to understand holiness as You would have us, and not a broken misunderstanding.
Thank You for Your word, for Jesus You as Son, Your word become flesh – That everything we need to know is found within Your word.
May it be our daily bread!