David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2 and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.
3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?”
“Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
9 David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. 10 Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.
11 They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat— 12 part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.
13 David asked him, “Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?”
He said, “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago. 14 We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag.”
15 David asked him, “Can you lead me down to this raiding party?”
I am back from leave, hope you continued to read ahead… God has been good to us, we have finally returned home with Raphael, yay! It’s been a long battle, thank you to all of you who prayed with us and kept our hands up when we started losing faith. Anyway, back to David…or more importantly, David is back. In the last passage we see that David is actively prevented from going to war against his own people only to find that his home has been raided and all his men’s family and possessions have been carried off. Imagine what would have happened if they had gone to war, they would not have come home in time to do anything about the raiding. What I want us to look at in this passage is David’s first response before doing anything is to get the Ephod and speak to God… should I go…will I be successful and Gods answers him. Sometimes we think that we have gone too far but nothing that we have done could be worse than what David and his men have done…but he turns back and communicates with God and God answers. It reminds me of the scripture that says; nothing can remove us from the love of God. What a good way to get back into this story… let’s see what happens next tomorrow.