Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the LORD again. And the LORD answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand.
Comment: Abiathar the priest, who fled to David’s group to escape death at the hand of Saul, had brought an ‘ephod’ with him. Quite frankly I don’t understand how it all worked with the ephod, but it did!
David loved his people, so when he got the news about the Philistinian attack on the Jewish city of Keilah he sought the Lord’s will as to whether or not he should go there. When he got the answer to go, his people were terrified not so much, I fancy, of the fight with the Philistines as to it allowing Saul to work out where they were. God was asked again and, not surprisingly, they got the same answer. So the champion warrior with his small group won some booty and had the joy of saving the people of Keilah. Will Saul get to hear about this?
Prayer: Give me the courage to obey Your leading, O my Father.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. The ephod was worn by the priest, and was obviously a sign that he was God’s priest. Perhaps having the ephod with them was a sign that God’s Hand was with them in this battle. David enquired of the the Lord both times which I believe is an example of what we should do whenever we have questions and need God’s guidance. God gave them the victory which He had predicted beforehand. God bless you.