David and the Show Bread
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did,
when he was an hungered, and they that were with him?
Read 1 Samuel 21:1-6
The Pharisees prided themselves in knowing the Scriptures well. However,
they read and understood the Bible according to their own insights.
This became apparent when the Lord Jesus asked them the question: Have
ye not read…? The Saviour defended His disciples by pointing out what
David did when he was fleeing from Saul. David had asked Abimelech, the
priest, for bread when he and his men were hungry. There had been no
bread available, except the show bread which was set before the Lord on
the table of show-bread. These had been given to David, and he and his men
had consumed them.
But, according to Exodus 25:30, only the priests were allowed to eat them
when they were replaced by fresh loaves each Sabbath Day. The priest had
acted contrary to the command of the Lord, even when no special provisions
had been made for extenuating circumstances. If David, who had been
anointed to be the future king, and his men were allowed to eat of the show
bread, then surely Christ, the anointed of the Lord, and His disciples were
allowed to eat a few kernels of grain on the Sabbath. If what David had done
was sinful, then Christ, who was without sin, would not have brought up this
example. Hunger is a natural phenomenon. In this time of need, the Lord
Jesus used the Scriptures to support the actions of His followers. A pertinent
saying is: Hunger is like a sharp sword which is able to break through
When God-given rules may be set aside in special cases of need, then man-made
rules can certainly be set aside in special circumstances.
Thought: Special circumstances bend the rules.
Psalter 415:6 (based on Psalm 25)
Who is he that fears Jehovah,
Walking with Him day by day?
God will lead him safely onward,
Guide him in the chosen way.
Then at ease his soul shall rest,
In Jehovah still confiding;
Even his children shall be blessed,
Safely in the land abiding.