BRING ME THE EPHOD Andy Hollifield 7-29-18
1 Samuel 30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Abimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod.
Can you imagine the character not to mention the spiritual walk that David must have had with the Lord? He had just returned from a battle that they weren’t allowed to fight in because David’s loyalty was called into question because of his past activities and associations. This was a Philistine army and David had previously killed their champion Goliath. I am sure that the Philistines hadn’t forgot about that and the fact he had once fought with Saul. That is a whole nother topic about your past coming back to haunt you. Anyway, they had just got back to Ziklag, the city they were residing in with their families, only to find that not only had it been raided and burned but their families had not been killed but had been taken hostage. Even David’s two wives had been taken. Verse 4 says that the people with him “wept, until they had no more power to weep.” Just like us, we get hurt, then we get mad, then we want someone to blame, and eventually we want to get even. That is just our human nature. These men were no different. These men were so riled up and griefstricken that they spoke of stoning David. David had lost just as much as everyone else and was hurting like everyone else. Verse 6 is one of my favorite verses of scripture, especially the last sentence “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Sometimes when everything goes wrong and everyone wants to blame you for stuff beyond your control, you have no choice but to encourage yourself in the Lord and go on.
I have written on this chapter before but the Lord let me see something in it that I knew was significant but I just didn’t realize how much and the great lesson it holds for us. Verse 7 says that David told Abiathar to bring him the ephod. The ephod was a vest worn originally by the priest during performance of priestly duties in this scripture. Here is a tidbit for you. David wasn’t a priest but still called for the ephod possibly because he was the king. David is also in the lineage of Christ. Isn’t it interesting that David took on the high priest’s ephod to petition the Lord on his army’s behalf? Jesus is our high priest and he took on that role to petition the Lord on our behalf. That’s free by the way.
What I want to look at is the fact that in one of the darkest times of his life, he not only encouraged himself in the Lord but took on a role that wasn’t his for the purpose of getting an answer from God. To rise above his present circumstances and petition the Lord concerning going after the enemy is a tribute to his character. When times were the darkest and his life was even in jeopardy, he called for the ephod and prepared himself to pray, not just for himself but for those with him. He wasn’t afraid to go fight but he didn’t want to make a move without the Lord’s approval. These men were so distraught that praying was probably the furthest thing from their mind.
Given the dark days in which we now find ourselves, with everything being stripped away and infringed upon, will you call for the ephod? I am not talking about literally. I am just asking, can we be the one to rise up above our circumstances when everything goes wrong and everyone is against us and against God? When your world crumbles, will you seek God’s counsel or just run off half-cocked placing your confidence in your own abilities? More importantly, when someone else’s world crumbles, can you be the one to put your circumstances aside and go to God on their behalf? When someone else doesn’t have it in them and have gotten so devastated that they can’t even pray, will you be the one that calls for the ephod so to speak?
Now for another free tidbit for you; Do you realize that when you are so far down that you can’t even stand it and don’t know what to do; God has someone somewhere calling for the ephod and going before the throne on your behalf? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!