In our passage today we see Ahimelech going against the letter of the law by giving the holy bread to David instead of only to the priests. Jesus later referred to this incident showing that God's laws should be applied with compassion, and that to do good and save life is God's greater law.
King Saul thought Ahimelech was involved in a conspiracy with David against him, and had the 85 priests and their families killed. This horrific act showed his mental and emotional instability, as well as how evil he had become and how far he had strayed from God. Unfortunately, evil things will happen to faithful people in this life, but thankfully God has promised that ultimately all evil will be abolished.
I am enjoying reading the "correct" Psalms alongside the events as they happened in David's life! Today we read about Doeg the Edomite betraying Ahimelech and David, and then callously killing the priests. He thought he was a great warrior and even boasted about his deed! In reality, his deed was evil. We cannot mistake accomplishment for goodness. We need to measure our actions against God's Word, not by how well we can do it.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 24-26