“Ahimelek answered the king, “Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?15 Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father’s family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair.” 1 Samuel 22.14-15
(In order to gain the best context from this entry, please read 1 Samuel 22.6-16.)
“Who of all your servant is as loyal as David?” answered Ahimelek to the king. He is is the kings servant, his son-in-law, captain of his bodyguard, highly respected in his housebound. Ahimelek is making his case for helping David by telling King Saul that he knows nothing of the apparent affair of David or Jonathan, the kings son, conspiring against him.
Saul’s paranoia shows the kings depravity and emphasizes the loyalty of David. Throughout this next saga in David’s life, we will see him resist raising his hand again Saul in several circumstances. Saul, on the other hand, does everything possible to harm David— the man who won Israel back it’s pride, the man who defeated the giant Goliath, the man who married his daughter, the man who was anointed by Samuel for a great work in Israel. But Saul relished in his jealously and soaked up a paranoia not from the Lord.
Who is a loyal as David? Even though he ran from Saul, for he feared for his life, he was a man after God’s own heart whereas Saul was haunted by evil spirits and far fro the Lord.
Which brings us back to Ahimelek’s answer to the king, “Who….is as loyal as David?” Loyalty,