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Ears, Ephods, and Emmanuel

"But David learned of Saul’s plan and told Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod and ask the Lord what he should do." 1 Samuel 23:9

One of the biggest questions or areas of uncertainty in the Christian life has to do with discerning the voice of God and knowing which direction we should take when we come to the many forks in our own life's road.

It is a timeless question.

In the Old Testament, priests and kings would ask for the ephod to be brought to them and they would inquire of God, wearing or using the ephod, and God would answer.

God would answer.

In the New Testament, we find no reference to the ephod.  But, why?

Matthew 1:23 tells us, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (which being interpreted is, “God with us”).  

Who needs an ephod when you have the living Christ?

Then, once Emmanuel ascended into Heaven, we read Jesus' words in John 14:16-17,  "And I will pray the Father, and he …

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