David requested, and the priest at Nob gave David the holy bread from the holy place to eat. Exodus and Leviticus forbid the eating of this bread by anyone but the priests.

How could Ahimelech give David bread which was only to be eaten by priests? The answer seems to be given in 1 Sam 22:10. An eyewitness stated that Ahimelech first inquired of the Lord.  This probably means he inquired by Urim and Thummim according to the instructions God had given to the priests before he gave the bread to David. Thus it would appear that God himself authorized giving David these provisions.

The 12 loaves of bread were positioned in the holy place to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. When God authorized giving them to David, it’s a symbolic gesture indicating that God has also given all of Israel to David to rule. The question then is does God have the right to give his divine authority to the man he chooses.  Of course He does. The rest of David’s story is the progress in which God delivers the kingdom into his hands.

Jesus quoted this episode in David’s life when his distracters accused him of allowing his disciples to violate the Sabbath day by picking and eating ears of corn from the field. Mark 2:25 says that Jesus silenced them by reminding them how David ate the holy bread. Jesus explained, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Jesus claims that God had given him, as the Son of Man, authority on earth. The rest of all history is the story through which God is going to deliver the Kingdom into Jesus’ hands.

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

 “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4