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April 2 - Evening

Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, ‘God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.’

And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men. When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, ‘Bring the ephod.’

David said, ‘Lord, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me.
Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? Lord, God of Israel, tell your servant.’

And the Lord said, ‘He will.’

Again David asked, ‘Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?’

And the Lord said, ‘They will.’

So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place.”

- First Samuel 23:7-13

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David Saves Keilah, but Keilah Sides with Saul    

When the Philistines loot the threshing floors of the people of Judah living in Keilah, a border city between Judah and Philistia, David inquires of the Lord and then delivers Keilah from the Philistines. This act blows David’s cover and Saul is informed concerning David’s location which is now in the city of Keilah.

Keilah (map here) has been identified as today’s Khirbet Qila which is eight miles northwest of Hebron in the West Bank. Keilah sets in the Shephelah (foothills) separating the coastal plain from the central hill country of Judah. Because of its location as a border town during the days of David and even before in the 1300’s BC according to the Amarna letters, Keilah (or, Qiltu) had frequently changed hands between one kingdom and another. The town had often seen battle, invasion and political conflict so for hundreds of years the citizens of Keilah had reinforced their city with gates, walls, bars and strongholds to keep people from getting in or out. Saul recognizes this fact and considers David “imprisoned…by entering a town with gates and bars.” In his arrogance Saul ignorantly gives God the credit as he mistakenly says, “God has delivered him into my hands.”

While David, the deliverer and local hero of Keilah, holds up in the Keilah he also inquires of the Lord through Abiathar the priest who has the ephod.

The ephod (details here) was worn by or held in the possession of the high priest. It was an apron like garment worn over the other clothing of the priest. On the front of the ephod were 12 stones mounted in gold which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. The ephod served as a pocket to hold the two stones called: Urim and Thummim (image here). When the priest was wearing this ephod a ceremony could be conducted which would involve using the Urim and Thummim to inquire direction from the Lord. This was established by Moses and Aaron at Mount Sinai (Exodus 28:15-30)

David basically wants to know if Saul is coming to Keilah and if the citizens of Keilah will fight for David or merely turn David over to Saul. The Lord answers David through Abiathar by confirming that Saul is coming and the people of Keilah with betray David even though he delivered them from the Philistines.

With this information David and his 600 men leave to begin a period of several years of roaming from hideout to hideout in the hill country of Judah to avoid Saul.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“One man asks: What is to come? The other: What is right? And that is the difference between the free man and the slave.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Something to Ponder??

In the New Testament Jesus and the Holy Spirit demonstrate or are described in Scripture as having the attributes of God.

Omniscience (Mt. 9:4)
Omnipotence (Mt. 28:18)
Omnipresence (Mt. 28:20)
Forgive sins (Mk. 2:1-12)
Raise the dead (Jn. 12:9)
Create World (Jn. 1:3)
Judge all men (Jn. 5:27)

Holy Spirit:
Called God (Acts 5:3-4)
Called Lord (2 Cor. 3:17)
Omniscience (1 Cor. 2:10-11)
Omnipresence (1 Cor.6:19)
Truth (1 Jn. 5:6)
A person, not a force
(2 Cor.13:14)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Bradus (Gr) - Slow(Eng) – bradus is Greek word used in Luke 24:25 that means “slow of understanding.” James 1:19 says we are to be bradus in speaking and in wrath.


There is a crypt in Philippi with the remains of benches around the walls that is located next to the forum, just like Roman prisons often were. Documentation since the 400’s AD has consistently recognized this as the prison where Paul and Silas where held in Acts 16:16-24.

(Photos here, here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Am I willing to do what is right and good for other people even though they do not appreciate it?
I will do what is right and use the gifts and positions God has entrusted me with to do good to all people despite how they treat me. (Galatians 6:10)

  "Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you."

- Proverbs 2:11
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(morning only) First Samuel 17 Judges 9
Prayer for Today
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Physical strength

The Private prayer time and study habits of members

United States Marines

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A view from on top of Masada.

Fort Anotonia labeled on a model.

Fort Anotonia labeled on a model.
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A view from on top of Masada. (click on image for larger size)  
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