THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
DAVID AT ZIKLAG
It's so exciting to
have you back with me at Daily Bread. At the end of our last chapter, Achish,
king of Gath, told David that the leaders of his
army didn't have confidence that David wouldn't be a
traitor to the Philistines for his own benefit and
make amends with Saul over the matter.
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Now when David and
his men arrived back in Ziklag, they discovered the Amalekites had invaded the
south, including Ziklag. They attacked Ziklag, burned it, and taken the women
who they held as captives. They didn't kill any of them, but took every woman,
young and old, and left.
David and his men saw that their town was burned and their wives and
sons and daughters were gone, they screamed and cried until they couldn't cry
anymore. David's two wives were both taken captive (Abigail and Ahinoam). David
was greatly troubled because his people talked about stoning him since they all
lost their wives, sons, and daughters as well. But David found strength in the
Lord his God.
are two different perspectives we can look at here. One being David's, and the
other being the view of his people.The people decided to place the blame on
David ... So they were gonna kill him. Before we think that's way too extreme,
let's examine our OWN lives and how WE react to major problems that we're faced
with. How often do we act like these people had acted? We get unbearable news,
and instead of knowing TWT (that is ... Time will tell), trusting in God ... Or
even PLANNING A RESCUE (Hello? Did anyone else want to run and save
their loved ones?), we immediately want to assign blame and act in extremes. (I
would say killing someone would be an extreme, wouldn't you?) Instead of looking
for someone to blame, we may want to spend some time praying for a solution.
At either rate ...
now ... He's going through the exact same thing everyone else is going through,
but with the added bonus of all his closest friends and his mighty men want to
kill him! But what does a man of God do? HE RUNS TO THE LORD! He finds the
strength that he does not have, IN THE LORD. He doesn't try to place the blame
on someone else (even though it wasn't his fault), or retaliate, or try to run
away and hide ... He simply ... Prays to God. Wow.
In fact, you can
read what David wrote about this very happening, in
Psalm 56! Now that, folks, is how
it's done ... Praise, supplication, trust, thanks!
DAVID AT ZIKLAG BIBLE STORY LESSON WITH DAVID AT ZIKLAG BIBLE STORY EXPLANATION
So David says to
Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, "Please, bring me the ephod." (Remember
that Daily Bread Crumb we had a few Chapters ago, that an ephod is a garment the
priests wore to assist in asking for guidance from the Lord.) Abiathar brought
David the ephod and David used it to ask the Lord if he should go after the
troops that invaded Ziklag and overtake them?
The Lord responded,
"Definitely go after them and overtake them because without fail, you will
recover everyone that was taken captive."
So David took 600
men and they started on their journey and approached the brook Besor, but some
stayed behind. David then continued with 400 men, and 200 men stayed behind
because they were too weak to cross the brook.
David's men then
ran across an Egyptian man in the fields and brought him to David. They gave him
bread and something to drink. They also gave him fig cakes and raisins which
helped the man regain his strength and spirit since it had been 3 days since he
had anything to eat or drink.
David asked the man, "Who are you? Where are you from?"
man responded, "I'm from Egypt, a servant to an Amalekite but my master left me
because I got sick 3 days ago. We invaded the south of the Cherethites,
and Judah's coast, and the south of Caleb. And we also burned down Ziklag."
... Uh oh ...
David asked him,
"Can you bring me to the rest of your people?" The man responded, "If you swear
by God that you won't kill me nor tell my master where I am, then I will show
you where they are." He led David to where they were all scattered over the land
eating, drinking, and dancing because of the vast amount of plunder they had
taken from the Philistine territory and out of Judah. David and his men killed
everyone there through the night and into the evening of the next day. No one
escaped except four hundred young men that got away on camels ...
Camels?? ... One might think that camels are extremely SLOOOOWWW ... But why do we
think that? We don't believe giraffes to be slow, and most have seen on those
National Geographic specials that even herds of elephants are pretty
swift when they're stampeding, so maybe camels have their moments of light
footedness too. 😁
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At either rate,
David was able to recover all that was taken from his town and yes, safely
recovered his two wives. Nothing was lost ... David and his men recovered
EVERYTHING that was taken. They rounded up all the flocks and herds and drove
them on ahead and David's men said, "These all belong to David now as his
They approached the
brook Besor on their way back, and the 200 men who stayed behind because they
were too exhausted to go further. David went up and greeted them. But certain
men of the group said to David, "Because they weren't with us, let's not give
them anything we recovered. We'll give them back their wives, and sons, and
daughters, and then make them leave."
responded, "We're not doing that. We're not going to be selfish with what the
Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and led us to victory. Who do you think
is going to listen to you about this matter? We're on the same team.
Some fight in battle, and some guard the stuff." From that day on, David made it
a law for Israel and it is still followed today (at least at the time of the
writing of the First Book of Samuel, it was).
When David arrived
back in Ziklag, he gave some of the belongings he recovered to the elders of
Judah and to his friends, telling them, "Here is a gift for you taken from the
Lord's enemies." The gifts were sent to the leaders of the following towns where
David and his men had been: Bethel, South Ramoth, Jattir, Aroer, Siphmoth,
Eshtemoa, Rachal, Jerahmeelites, Kenites, Hormah, Chor-ashan, Athach, and
Did you notice that
when the Lord blessed David, David blessed others. He paid it forward. He didn't
keep all the wealth to himself ... A good thing for us to practice as well.
You absolutely must
come back very soon to see what happens next in the life of David, and I'm
honored to share it with you together, right here at Daily Bread!