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Topic: Bouncebackability (06/05/14)
TITLE: Recovering Them All
By Adekunle Lawal
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Recovering Them All
“Look out; I think the people are alone.” The captain of Amalekite soldiers cautioned his colleagues who were hiding behind the bushes at Ziklag.
“What do we do now?” one of the soldiers whispered.
“We are going to wait and watch the village for a while to confirm my suspicion.” The captain whispered back.
Few minutes later the captain raised up his sword as a signal for the soldiers to come out from their hiding and invade the village.
The soldiers ran into the village and started bringing people out of their huts. The noise of the cry of the women and children rent the air. Both the women and children were held as captives, and were brought to the captain who was at the center of the village supervising the operation.
“Can you allow me to speak to you for a moment, my lord?” Abigail, David’s wife, was addressing the captain.
“Yes, go ahead.”
“Please, I would like to plead with you to leave our children behind. We the adult women will be very willing to follow you. Many of our children are very young they may not be able to withstand the walking through the wilderness.”
“Your request is denied, woman. Your village’s head, David, is to be blamed for all these. He and his men invaded our village some months back, killed all the villagers and took away all our animals. Some of us were lucky because we were at the farms. Now, it’s our turn.” The captain snubbed Abigail who was still crying on her knees.
The village was burnt down with fire. The Amalekite soldiers led their captives away.
Meanwhile, David and his men who had gone to war at Aphek arrived at their village, Ziklag few days after the invasion from the Amalekite soldiers.
One of the villagers from a neighboring village approached David, “You are welcome, David. The Amalekite soldiers invaded your village two days ago, carried away your wives and children and burned down the village.”
When David and his men saw the situation of their village, they felt very sad and wept bitterly for their losses. The men saw David as the cause of their calamity. If David had not encouraged them to go to war at Aphek, the Amalekites would not have invaded their village. The soldiers invaded their village because they knew that men were not around. What could women and children do in confrontation with invading soldiers?
“I think David should be killed for this if he fails to do something to arrest this situation.” One of his men voiced out.
“As if you can read my mind; something has to be done quickly to solve this problem. How can I continue life without my family?” Another man from the group supported the idea.
David perceived that his men were not happy, and probably planning to kill him. He called Abiathar, the priest, aside for private prayer.
David knelt down, “O Lord God Almighty, I thank you for all you have done for me. I’m now praying before you this day to inquire if it pleases you for me to pursue these Amalekites that invaded our village. Help me out of this problem by your mercy. Amen.”
“Amen.” Abiathar echoed David.
After some minutes of silence between the two men; the priest spoke up, “The Lord said that you may pursue these Amalekites, He is going to help you, and you shall rescue all your people that were captured.”
David was happy, gathered together his men, and left Ziklag pursuing the Amalekites.
After two days of travelling, David and his men saw a hungry and sick man in the wilderness.
“What’s the matter with you? Why are you alone?” David asked the man.
“I’m an Egyptian servant of one of the Amalekite soldiers; my master left me behind three days ago because I felt sick and could not walk properly. We invaded Ziklag few days back and burnt it down with fire. If you promise not kill me or hand me over to my master, I will take you to where they are right now.” The man confessed.
After feeding the man, he took them to the camp of the Amalekites.
David and his men fought with the soldiers for almost twenty-four hours, and killed many of them, but some ran away.
David recovered all his people as the Lord had promised.
Bible text: 1 Samuel 30: 1-19
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