1 Samuel 22:6-23
After David had escaped, Saul was very angry. At this point Doeg the Edomite tells Saul that Ahimelech, the priest, helped David by giving him food and Goliath’s sword.
So King Saul called for Ahimelech and the other priest to appear before him. When they appeared before Saul, he asked why they helped his enemy. Ahimelech basically responds that he didn’t know David was Saul’s enemy since he had been a loyal member of the army and was married to Saul’s daughter, Michal! But Saul in his anger didn’t listen and orders Ahimelech and all his relatives killed!!
The guards in the palace refused this order. They would not kill the chosen men of God! However, Doeg the Edomite was willing so he killed 85 priests that day. But he didn’t stop there. Doeg went to the city of Nob, where the priests lived, and killed all their families and even their animals. Only one person escaped, Abithar, one of Ahimelech’s sons.
Abithar fled and found David. David felt responsible for the deaths of the priests and was very sad. He told Abithar that the same people, who were after him, were after David so he should stay with David and his men and they would protect him.
Saul was wrong that day. He let his anger at one man confuse his judgement and he ordered a wrong action. Fortunately his guards would not do something against God, even for their king. Unfortunately, Doeg was not so godly. We need to be like Saul’s guards. Just because someone tells us to do something wrong doesn’t mean we should. We need to weigh all our actions against what God says is right and wrong!
Role play with your child someone they love and respect telling them to do something they know is wrong (steal for example). Help them determine the right way to respond!