Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Samuel
The Prayer of David at Ziklag
The Ephod in the Bible Event
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our The Prayer of David at Ziklag and the Ephod in the Bible study on
God's Love and how the absolutely awesome Prayer of David at Ziklag
message affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Story
The Ephod in the Bible Explained
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.
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,
When 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.
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Lesson
The Ephod in the Bible Power
There 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
At either rate ...
David's perspective 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.
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Study
The Ephod in the Bible Prophecy
In fact, you can read what David wrote about this very happening, in
56! Now that, folks, is how it's done ... Praise,
supplication, trust and thanks!
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
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.
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Truth
The Ephod in the Bible is God's Answer
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?"
The 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.
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Teaching
The Ephod in the Bible Discussion
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.
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 reward."
The Prayer of David at Ziklag and Faith
The Ephod in the Bible Was Right
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."
David 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,
The Prayer of David at Ziklag Summary
The Ephod in the Bible Conclusion
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!
New Testament Daily Bread
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