Bring the Ephod

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There are days, and then there are days.

Sometimes days last into seasons. The kind of seasons that bring storms, danger, trial and fear.

David was living on the run. As King Saul pursued David, David lived out one of those seasons. In 1 Samuel 23:9, when David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod!”

“Bring the ephod”!

Three little words that said so much.

The ephod, a part of the garment of the Old Testament priest, represents Christ, our high priest. Worn much like a tunic, it was made of fine linen with gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread. At the shoulders there were two onyx stones engraved with the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob).

The High Priests would bear God’s people, their sins, needs and burdens on their shoulders as they entered the place of God.  Christ, the High Priest, carries the whole burden alone.

When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we worship You.”

When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we need You.”

When David said, “Bring the ephod,” David said, “God, we trust You.”

When David said, “Bring the ephod,” he humbly acknowledged His dependence on God for His wisdom, direction, protection and sovereignty over not only his life, but the lives of those who were now with him. His request to “bring the ephod,” was a request to inquire of the Lord God Jehovah for deliverance.

I don’t know what you are going through today. I don’t know what season you are in your ministry, family, relationships, finances or health. But I know the One who does, and as you come before Him with your need in worship and faith, He is more than able to direct, protect and provide everything you need. You just need to ask. So, what are you waiting for?

Bring the ephod!

photocredit: Tim Farris 

 

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Well, Slap Me Upside the Head–Freaky Friday

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Ever said these words?

“God just needs to slap me upside the head sometimes.”

I know I have, and although I don’t necessarily like it when He does, I’m always thankful. I know He will only use the “slap me upside the head” method when I have been unwilling to listen or get what He’s trying to tell me any other way. I know He does it because He loves me too much to let me keep walking in my sin.

Apparantly David understood that, too, and he also understood that God often uses someone else to do the slappin’ because in Psalm 141 verse 5 David says,

“Let a righteous man slap me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.”

Love, love, love that David, yeah King David, was willing to be taught and rebuked–even in some pretty drastic ways so that He wouldn’t walk in the way of the wicked. Extreme. Freaky. Courageous. Honorable. Honest. David.

David got slapped once. A prophet named Nathan had to do the slapping. But it changed David’s life, and it shows us today that following God doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, it means we have to be repentant. When I take those words to heart, it changes my life, too.

Extreme. Freaky. Courageous. Honorable. Honest. God.

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