Doeg the Edomite was a ruthless man who worked for Saul as the chief herdsman. He was full of evil and his heart was far from God. Although he did not have the highest position within Saul’s court, he used it to his advantage against David.
When Doeg sees David in the tabernacle with Ahimelech, he knows that Saul will want to know this. When the right time presents itself, Doeg is more than willing to share this knowledge with Saul in order to win favour with his king.
When Saul summons Ahimelech to come see him, he orders his men to kill Ahimelech and all the priests with him. But they refuse. It is only Doeg who is so full of hatred and evil that he agrees to savagely kill all the priests to please Saul.
When evil takes over our hearts, we can be led far from God and from God’s love. Being cruel, speaking unfairly about someone, being selfish and manipulative are all ways that we, too, can be led astray. We may not kill, but our intentions can be just as evil.
Lord of all that is good, help us to use our own fortunes for the good of others and not for evil and selfish intentions. Amen. — JR