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1 Samuel 21:10-22:23

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What is true madness? Who will be a martyr? Who makes up his motley crew?



1 Sam 21.10-22.23 = Madness, Martyrs & A Motley Crew
What does true madness look like?
Who makes up this motley crew?
Who will be a martyr?
God in heaven we come to you today and ask that you would speak to us through your Holy Word and by your Holy Spirit. Father we praise you for our Lord Jesus, whom by His blood seals us for your glories above and equips us for your work here below. It is this poor preachers prayer that this body of believers would experience revival in their hearts, that they would burn with a passion and zeal for the lost and be obedient to your great commission calling. That we also as a church body would be unified under your Holy mission and employing one goal in vision. That we each would have our eyes open to see, our moths ready to speak, our ears ready to hear and our hearts ready to obey the leading and prompts of your Holy spirit even if it means self denial. May your Word today cleans and bless, strengthen and encourage, rebuke and refocus all who hear it. Amen


What does true madness look like?
1 Samuel 21:10–15 ESV
10 And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”
Cartoon Characters / Movie Scenes / Real life
Romans 1:21–22 ESV
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend…?
The enemy of your enemy is your enemy!
The madness of finding security in this world…
Ps 34 = Refuge in God!!!
Psalm 34:8 ESV
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Wealth / Health
David acts as if possessed by madness / Saul’s actions are because he is possessed by madness
True madness is thinking that there is safety anywhere but in God.
Who makes up this motley crew?
not the band! [MOTLEY] = varied in appearance of character
1 Samuel 22:1–5 ESV
1 David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. 3 And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” 4 And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. 5 Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.
Children take care of your parents…
1 Timothy 5:4 ESV
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
King of the misfit toys
To David there where no misfit toys / He took who would come...
David’s 30 Mighty Men = 2 Sam 23.8-39 … Uriah - Bathsheba
4-600 = 1 Sam 23:13
The motley crew is made up of only those that would follow and fight.
Who will be a martyr?

Definition of martyrdom

1: the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause and especially to one's religious faith
Patrick Henry = liberty / death = Mar 23, 1775
Feb = BHM = Martin Luther King Jr = Civil Rights
1 Samuel 22:6–10 ESV
6 Now Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. 7 And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, 8 that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.” 9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, 10 and he inquired of the Lord for him and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”
Ps 52
1 Samuel 22:11–19 ESV
11 Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s house, the priests who were at Nob, and all of them came to the king. 12 And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.” 13 And Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?” 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, “And who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain over your bodyguard, and honored in your house? 15 Is today the first time that I have inquired of God for him? No! Let not the king impute anything to his servant or to all the house of my father, for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or little.” 16 And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house.” 17 And the king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.” But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the Lord. 18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and strike the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod. 19 And Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; both man and woman, child and infant, ox, donkey and sheep, he put to the sword.
1 Sam 3.11-14
1 Samuel 22:20–23 ESV
20 But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David. 21 And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 And David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father’s house. 23 Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.”
Who will be a martyr?
He who served the anointed of the LORD would die.
Psalm 52:5 ESV
5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
Psalm 52:8 ESV
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.


1 Sam 21.10-22.23 = Madness, Martyrs & A Motley Crew
What does true madness look like?
true madness is seeking safety in anything but Christ
1 Cor 1:18,27; 2:14 = folly of the cross / foolishness of wisdom
Rom 1.21-22 = did not honor God so = dark mind
will you cast off the madness of this world?
what does that look like?
Who makes up this motley crew?
any and all who would come to serve and obey
Mt 11.28 = come weary
1 Cor 6.9-11 = and such were some of you
Jhn 3.16 =
Ro 10:13 = everyone who calls
will you be counted among His motley crew?
how do you know?
Who will be a martyr?
everyone will die eventually, will you die to yourself or to Christ
Mt 10:39; 16:25
Mk 8:35
Lk 9:24; 17:33
Jn 12:25
will you die to yourself and so choose eternal life?
where will you begin?


Albert Einstein = insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Matthew 11:28 ESV
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 16:24 ESV
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Matthew 10:38 ESV
38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
God my father will you teach me, will you discipline me, for your Word says you discipline those you love. Teach me your way Lord, teach me to do things differently, teach me to die to myself that I might follow you, free me from the madness of following after this world that is perishing. Free me from the insanity of doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Father show me where to begin, where I can and should die to myself to follow you, and then give me your strength to do it!
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