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Saturday, March 24, 2012

David

David was a man after God's own heart. God can use people greatly who like David are after God's own heart. The Apostle John leaned against the chest of Jesus over His heart because He wanted to know Jesus' (God's) heart. Because John drew close to Jesus and Jesus knew His heart for God and people, Jesus revealed the whole book of Revelation to John. God said, “Draw close to Me and I will draw close to you.” James 4:8

As with all scripture, God will use David and his tabernacle to demonstrate in the natural what He will do spiritually in Christ and His Body.

David began as a shepherd in his father's field. Jesus came as a Shepherd in His Father's field (earth) to teach, train and equip His chosen twelve so they could begin the building of His Temple in the hearts of those who accept Christ as their Savior. While David was tending his father's sheep in the shepherd's field, he was developing a close and intimate relationship with God. While Jesus was walking on earth, He too was developing a close and intimate relationship with His twelve apostles, but sadly one of them was a devil! Judas walked and talked with Jesus just like the others but pride and greed blocked him from truly knowing Jesus. Judas left an opening in his heart for the devil to work through.

God was revealing Himself to David and teaching him how to fight off the lions and the bears who came against the sheep to destroy them. God is training and equipping David in the shepherd's field to become a Mighty Warrior who will begin with fighting off the greatest enemy of God's people –Goliath – who had all of Israel's army in fear. In order for David to do God's plan and purpose for his life, God must prepare David and reveal Himself to David – His character, His Truth, His ways, His power and His love. Then David would be prepared to come against the greatest enemy of God's people –Goliath. David is a foreshadow of Jesus as the Shepherd in His Father's field who became a Conquering King with a Kingdom. Jesus came the first time to begin the building of His Body and to defeat the Enemy of peoples' souls once-for-all. David and Goliath are a foreshadow of our Mighty King and Warrior Jesus defeating Satan on the cross. Jesus didn't do it with sword or stones. He did it by His shed blood.

David was sent by his father to the battlefield to bring provisions to his brothers, as Jesus came to earth to bring us provision for the battle that goes on within each of us between good and evil. Jesus came to show us the Father and His love, truth, character, power and ways. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. I and my Father are One.” In other words, Jesus and the Father had one will, one purpose, one Word, one Spirit, one Truth and one way. They were so connected in love, truth, Holy Spirit, purpose and character that they were one.

First David had to endure and ignore the put down and discouragement of his elder brother Eliab. The Bible says that Eliab burned with anger because David was speaking to the men. Eliab questions David as to why he came down there and then gave David a put down by asking, “with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert?” Like Jesus, David came to bring provision to his brothers in the battlefield but he is being unjustly accused and put down. He goes on even further accusing David of being conceited and having a wicked heart. David was doing his father's will and bringing food and supplies to his brothers! Eliab's words and actions showed who the conceited and wicked one was. Eliab goes on to say that he knows that David only came down to watch the battle. In other words, Eliab was putting his brother down because Eliab and his other brothers were fighting and David was just tending sheep!

Rest assured that if God has taught and trained you to do a job for Him, even your own brothers and sisters in the Lord will be used of the devil to attack and discourage you. So beware and shake it off.

David responded, “Now what have I done? Can I even speak?” 1 Samuel 17:29 In other words, David's elder brother wanted to silence David and send him on his way similar to the Pharisees in the New Testament. They were like David's elder brother who wanted to silence Jesus and mock Him. The Bible says that David turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter and the men responded as before. Vv29-30 What matter? David had asked what king Saul would do for the one who defeated this Philistine. They answered the same way. “The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.” v25 In other words, like Jesus does for us, the victor will be given great abundance by the king; he will gain a bride and will have no debt (taxes) owed.

David's identity was not determined by circumstances, human opinions or by brothers or enemies. His identity was in the all-powerful God not man. When we understand and trust in who we are in God, in spite of the opinions of mankind, we will be confident, fearless, bold and courageous over any enemy or weapon that comes against us. After all, God had David hidden away in the shepherd's field training him to defeat the Enemy and to rule and reign with Him over God's people. It didn't matter to David that no one knew his identity in the Lord. David and God's prophet Samuel knew! David's identity was known to God and David believed what God had declared over him through His prophet. He is the Anointed King over all Israel even though it hasn't manifested yet. There was a famine of Divine leadership in Saul and his army, so God raised David up to defeat the enemy of His people. Even Saul tried to discourage David by saying that he was only a boy and he (Saul) had been a fighting man from his youth. Then Saul tried to get David to put on his armor but David said it was too heavy a burden and he wasn't trained to use this type of armor. If David had listened to Eliab and king Saul, he would have never killed the giant Goliath.

David would use the same things he used in the shepherd's field to defeat this giant. He took his staff (shepherd's rod) and five chosen, smooth stones from the water, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. V40 Five is the number of grace. The stones had to be the right stones—smooth stones that had been in the water for a long time and had their rough edges washed off. A smooth stone will be more accurate at hitting its target. A jagged stone will wobble and may miss the target. Jesus who is grace chooses the fivefold ministry gifts – Apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists and pastors—washes, equips and prepares them and then uses them to take on the enemy of God's people and to also build His Church. These are Christ's chosen ones who will use the shepherd's bag of seed (the Word) and the shepherd's staff (Holy Spirit) to defeat Satan and his army. David had been trained in the shepherd's field to use these to fight off the lions and the bears. He will use these same things to defeat this giant Goliath. The greater the victory, the greater the blessing!

Goliath thought that David was no match for him either. He put David down also. After all, David was only known as a shepherd boy and a musician, not a mighty warrior.

David boldly said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” v45-46 In other words, you may come against me with your manmade armor and weapons, but I come against you in the Name of God who is with the armies of Israel. Then David prophesied the victory. Instead of Goliath giving David's flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field as Goliath had said (v44), David said that the carcasses of the Philistines will be eaten by the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. Vultures and beasts feed on dead flesh—our fleshly ways. Then David said, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord's and He will give all of you over to our hands.” v47 The ways of man will not defeat the devil. The ways and weapons of God will! David would fight God's way.

David took one of the stones (a chosen, precious stone), and slung it and struck the Philistine in the forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. God in Genesis said that the "seed of the woman would crush the serpent's head." The prideful, arrogant Goliath was humbled by David's stone! David's armor was light and successful in hitting its intended target! David killed the giant as Jesus had victory over death and the devil at the cross. But Satan has not been completely destroyed. He still is working through our flesh. David finished the job by cutting off Goliath's head with his own sword just as Jesus will finish the job in the end. Satan will be completely destroyed. The head is the place of authority and wisdom. The enemy's head must be cut off along with his false authority and false wisdom (truth). David stood over Goliath in authority and took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After David killed Goliath, he cut off his head with the sword. V51 David turned Goliath's own sword on his own head! That's what Jesus did for us! Jesus is the chosen, precious Stone of God who is the Word Anointed and who will defeat the spiritual enemy, Satan, through his chosen and precious ones – His followers—if we do it God's way. The Enemy is far too powerful for our flesh. He can only be defeated by the ways of God through His Word and His Holy Spirit. David's power and accuracy was through a stone (Rock Jesus) and a sling (Holy Spirit). The battle was the Lord's but David was God's instrument! David defeated the ruler, power and principality in the heavenly place that was working through Goliath. Then David turned Goliath's own sword back on Goliath's own head. AMEN AND AMEN.

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