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King Solomon wrote “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but
the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov 25:2). This
passage makes use of what I call a “flip-flop proverb” or a “play
on words.” My mother often, would share proverbs such as these,
which had been passed down for generations. One such flip-flop
proverbs goes: “If . . . a person will talk to you about someone
else they will talk to someone else about you.”
Many proverbs commonly have some form of hidden message, which
relates to royalty. A proverb which comes to mind in that category is:
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king .”
Proverbs generally convey a witty message; however, the fashion in which
they are phrased and rhymed is usually as clever as the message itself. They
are especially powerful when phrased in the original language. Here is a
sample of a proverb which was originally Spanish, observe how translation
into English takes away some of its rhyming qualities:
English: “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.”
Spanish: “Dime con quien andas, y te digo quien eres.”
You might notice how this proverb is more richly conveyed in the original language.
I wish I could pronounce the Hebrew properly, because there is a rhyme richly
embedded in the passage; however, I am untrained in that dialect. Therefore, here is
my best shot at Proverbs 25:2, as it might sound in the Hebrew:
“Kªbod 'Elohiym hacªteer daabaar; uwkªbod mªlaakiym chaqor daabaar”
I am sure that you can hear/see the dialectical sing-song-i-ness of that proverb. Solomon
(and, remember, he was the wisest man who ever lived beside Jesus Christ) produced
unknown numbers of these powerful proverbs in that sing-song-i-ness style which makes
the proverb easy to remember and therefore all-the-more effective.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour
of kings is to search out a matter.” In this passage he reveals the existence of a special
“concealing – revealing” relationship between God and Kings 'Elohiym (God) and
mªlaakiym (Kings) . In this Bible Study, I would like to pick-up and expand on that
“concealing – revealing” “God – King” relationship! After all, the Bible reveals that
Jesus, the King, will return to earth with other Kings as the King of Kings! If you plan to
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serve in the capacity of one of those returning kings at His Second Coming then hearken
your ears, “Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes” (Judg 5:3).
In order to discover some of these “concealing – revealing” “God – King” relationships we
will study the Bible’s greatest king. We will focus on some of the prophetic aspects of
King David! However, before we investigate the story of David, let’s refresh our mind
with the Bible’s earliest messianic prophecy, “the LORD God said unto the serpent,
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the
field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I
will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall
bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel ” (Gen 3:14-15). Here, God Almighty
gives the first messianic prophecy as he proclaims that the “seed” of the woman (In nature
seed comes from the man; therefore, this has definite supernatural overtones.) shall bruise
the head of the devil! With that messianic prophecy in mind, along with the understanding
that there exists a “concealing – revealing” “God – King” relationship as Prov 25:2 reveals,
let’s review the story of David and Goliath.
We will begin by setting-up the cast: David is special in the Bible, the prophet “Samuel
took a horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the
LORD came upon David from that day forward” (1 Sam 16:13). He is prophetic of the
Messiah (which means the anointed one ) who will at some time in the near future sit upon
the throne of David! David’s insight into spiritual concepts appears to be transcendent; he
actually conquered some things in the earth that gave him authority, which goes beyond his
own time period and gave him status in the coming age of the Kingdom of God! We will
closely observe David and his prophetic insight.
Next we see Goliath, “there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named
Goliath, of Gath ” (1 Sam 17:4). First, let’s focus on the name, Goliath; it is probably of
non-Hebrew origin; but, what is powerful is that in the Hebrew the root of the name ‘galah’
means “to denude” (especially in a disgraceful stripping sense) ; in a figurative sense it
means “to reveal.” We need to realize that this “champion of the Philistines” is prophetic
of the devil; indeed, Goliath’s armor as described in that same chapter has elements of 666.
Notice the giant’s words, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may
fight together” (1 Sam 17:10). Of course the man that ultimately fought against the devil
was, Jesus Christ (the Messiah) , who became “the son of man!”
Now, this story features young David as he slew the giant, therefore, at first blush it seems
to be merely a clever child’s story. However, when viewed in a prophetic nature, the story
comes to life with meaning! Let’s investigate this David and Goliath story a little closer all
the while maintaining the background concept, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:
but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Let’s see if there really are “concealing
– revealing” “God – King” relationships in this story.
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When David slew Goliath notice what happened, “And David took the head of the
Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem” (1 Sam 17:54). Why? Why take the bloody head
of the champion giant to Jerusalem? To get the answer, we first need to realize a few
important factors; let’s begin with the concept that Jerusalem did not even exist at the time!
The Bible is relating to us that David actually took the head of Goliath to the city anciently
known as Jebus. The name Jebus means “trodden down;” however, in the Hebrew of old
we observe that Jebus has the meaning of a location where things are trodden (to tread with
the foot) .
Quite some time after he beheaded Goliath, possibly as long as a decade, we read about our
hero-king as he went to Jebus, “And David and all Israel (David did not consolodate all of
Israel for many years) went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus ; where the Jebusites were, the
inhabitants of the land. 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come
hither” (1 Chron 11:4-5). This passage is part of the description of a period long after the
incident with Goliath when David actually captured Jebus from the Jebusites. Only after
that overthrow does he found the city named Jerusalem! According to the great historian
Alfred Edershiem, David nailed the head of the Philistine to the gates of Jebus (later known
as Jerusalem.) Again we ask, “Why?” Why take the bloody head of the champion giant to
Jerusalem and nail it to the gate? It certainly must have caused quite a stir in that land of
the Jebusites!
In John Chapter 19 we learn that Jesus had to go to a specific place to be crucified, “And he
bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the
Hebrew Golgotha” (John 19:17). Later we will study the story of David as he fled from his
rebellious son Absalom; however for now let’s examine a small aspect of that story, “David
went up by the ascent of mount Olivet” (2 Sam 15:30); a few verses later it is written, “it
came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped
God” (2 Sam 15:32). The Hebrew word “rosh,” translated “top” in that verse means
“head.” The Jewish holy day Rosh Hashana known in English as the Feast of Trumpets is
the “head” of the Jewish year. We just read where John records that Jesus was crucified at
the place of the skull (Greek: kranion , from which we get our word “cranium,” head, or
skull). In the same fashion that David walked up to the summit, or “head” of the Mount of
Olives during his hour of trial, so too, Jesus carried His cross to the same place where
David worshiped God.
We have learned in a previous Rivkah Ministries Bible Study entitled, “Anointed, Son of
the Blessed,” http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/021107.pdf that the Mount of Olives was the
ancient location of the sacrificial altar where the red heifers were burned “outside the
camp.” The only place "outside the camp" where the curtain could be observed was on the
Mount of Olives , which happens to be the same place where the red heifer was burned.
Jesus, of course, fulfilled this burnt offering, as He did all the offerings. The place today in
Jerusalem that is presumed to be the place of the skull is the hill that has the appearance of
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a skull. Archeologists tell us that this is the result of erosion of only the past thousand
years.
If the story of David and Goliath is truly prophetic, David must have been given revelation
that the Messiah (Jesus) would one day have to go to a specific place and somehow tread
down the head of the Devil! Hardly any of modern scholars agree why that place is called
the place of the skull! If as Edersheim claims, David took the head of Goliath (the one that
was worshipped as the hero-champion) and nailed it to the gates of Jebus then this head of
the man “Goliath of Gath” (1 Sam 17:4) would become a skull within a short period of
time. Obviously the birds would naturally pick-at it. Notice David’s prophecy to Goliath
on that day, “This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee,
and take thine head from thee ; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines
this day unto the fowls of the air ” (1 Sam 17:46). This beheaded giant-hero skull nailed to
the gate would certainly make this place become famous! In fact it is easy to recognize that
the name the “place of the skull” or this threshing place as the name Jebus indicates, could
easily have become known by the famous person “Goliath of Gath” or Gol-Gath-a! After
all “Goliath of Gath” would have become even more famous because his skull was nailed
to the gate! This is the exact location where the Messiah would one day bruise the head of
the devil (call to mind the original messianic prophecy from Genesis) !
You see, David the King upon whose throne the Messiah will one day sit, physically acted
out a prophetic battle which utterly proved his reliance upon God, “for the LORD your
God proveth you , to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and
with all your soul” (Deut 13:3). In proving himself, David demonstrated a complete
reliance upon his God. David’s success in this and other trials of his faith gave him an
open door to additional revelation! God revealed to him, only after he defeated the giant,
that he was somehow supposed to nail the head of the “champion” to the Jebus gate! In the
same fashion, Christians are given revelation only after they have defeated the foes that
they encounter.
Don’t we all really want the anointing of God to come upon us as we have observed in the
story of David after Samuel, “anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of
the LORD came upon David from that day forward” (1 Sam 16:13). We all want that same
kind of spiritual power that goes well beyond the physical realm! However, like the faith
of David, our faith must also be active! We must act on
purpose to turn our faith on! We need to walk out those
things that we have learned! There is a difference between
knowing and acting out what you know! We must on
purpose read the Word; we must on purpose daily declare
our confessions and declarations.
It is only when pressure and stress shows up in our lives that
we have the opportunity to cultivate growth through faith!
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natural growth, one always needs an opposing force for the development process to work!
Permit me to use a personal story out of my youth as an example. I have a favorite story
concerning development about a friend with whom I went to high school whose name was
John Murray! When we were both freshmen, the upperclassmen or the varsity football
squad regularly used the lower classmen for what was called the hamburger squad. The
term hamburger is exactly what we all felt like after practice. I suppose the coaching staff
encouraged this unbalanced type of practice for two reasons; it would naturally toughen up
the younger members of the team for future years; and secondly, it would make the upper
classmen or varsity team feel invincible as they practiced.
Anyway, I remember one autumn evening during football practice two or three varsity
players had just crushed John Murray on a play designed to completely take out his corner
position. Somebody on the coaching staff responded to the hit with the unpleasant epithet
directed toward John, “you are going to have to toughen up son if you think that you can
play on this holy field!” He responded by placing his hands on the sides of his loins and
turning away; he looked up into the sky as if he were taking slow deep breaths. Athletes
call that kind of a moment a, “gut-check;” you may or may not know what that is; it is
when you check deep down within yourself, to know in your deepest gut, if you have the
wherewithal to even continue.
Somehow, miraculously there was a break in the action. During the short break, I went
over to see how John was doing; this happened a few minutes after that particularly
powerful hit on him. As I started talking to him I felt apprehensive because I could see by
the recent telltale watermarks on his dirty face along with red eyes that he had obviously
been crying; however, by the time we talked he had composed himself and he expressed a
little reservation about even staying on the field. I remember that all I could do was give
him a dismal form of encouragement.
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Let me explain. There is a difference between growth and development. We all to often
confuse the difference. For example, when we were children, how much effort did it take
to grow into an adult? We didn’t need any assistance; we just automatically sought out
milk! We naturally sought after the milk which was necessary for our growth. We grew
up in the fashion that Peter describes, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). When we first became Christians we were
naturally hungry for the “milk of the word.” But then something happened; we grew up!
Now that we are grown-up we need to recognize that there is a major difference between
growth and development! During the first part of our Christian experience, we just grew
naturally; however, now that we are grown-up Christians we must develop; however, that
development does not come natural like our growth did. This is exactly the problem; once
we grew up we didn’t need the milk for growth any longer. On the contrary, instead of
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That season slowly ground to an end and during the winter I began to notice John spending
more and more time in the weight training room. He bulked up muscle and he also
competed on the wrestling team. Three years later, by the time that we were seniors he
became one of the toughest players out on the football field; I remember that I regularly
avoided any unnecessary contact with him whenever possible. Beyond his football
development, he had participated with honor at the state-wrestling tournament where only
the best wrestlers in the state were even qualified to compete. The reason that I shared this
short story is that John Murray decided during a gut check one lonely fall afternoon out on
the football practice field that he was going to develop himself! I think that I actually
witnessed that enchanted moment in his life.
We cannot help but notice that the opposing force
of the weight pulling in a downward direction is
required in order to build up muscle. It took
John over a year to develop his muscles; but his
habitual discipline of visiting the weight training
room and developing himself paid off. He turned
around the opposing force of the down-pulling
negative weight into an exercise designed to
develop his physical strength.
In the same fashion, we Christians must continue
to grow after we have reached our full height; we
must become fully developed. When we realize that we are going through the same
situation over and over, the problem is that we are not taking advantage of the pressure that
shows up in our lives as a method for spiritual development. It is true that when we
continue to fail at the same trial, God keeps allowing us to experience the same test until
we develop in the spirit realm.
Some have come to the wrong conclusion that suffering makes us perfect in the spirit. That
is not true! Suffering allows for the cultivation of development, “yet learned He obedience
by the things which he suffered ” (Heb 5:8). This verse teaches us that Jesus used the
opposing forces in His life to make Him stronger! Like Jesus, we must make the decision
when we are in pain that we are going to use that opportunity for development. We must
build spiritual muscle.
We are blood warriors; that means that we never give up! We are soldiers in the army of
God! In actual fact, when the devil encounters a situation where he is contending with the
fully developed Christian type of warrior he’s in big trouble, “No weapon that is formed
against thee shall prosper” (Isa 54:17). We will not be terrorized by the devil, “thou shalt
be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near
thee” (Isa 54:14).
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One of the things that we need to do is stop making God some kind of a “fairy godmother.”
By that term I mean that so many Christians expect God to somehow miraculously and
automatically take away every problem that they face! God does not “magically” take
every problem that you face away from you! I will prove this to you in this study! That
concept is a “fairy tale,” “But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself
rather unto godliness (1 Tim 4:7). Did you notice how we are supposed reject “fairy
tales” and rather we are to exercise our spirit? We exercise our spirit unto godliness. Are
you a spiritually developed Christian, “For bodily exercise profiteth little : but godliness is
profitable unto all things (Obviously, growing in godliness is a form of spiritual exercise;
Paul brought up the whole concept of bodily exercise as a contrast! ) ” (1 Tim 4:8). Have
you ever given any thought to spiritual development? You should! These verses about
godliness ” are full of the concept of spiritual exercise. You see physically when you get
tired or weary because you are out of shape, you feel faint and in need of assistance from
others. Likewise, in the spiritual realm we also feel faint when we are out of shape,
“consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied
and faint in your minds ” (Heb 12:3). Did you notice that the place that we spiritually feel
faint is in the mind? The battlefield against satan is soulish, meaning that warefare takes
place in our minds!
In the natural, when we are physically out of shape it is usually a sign of being overweight.
This same concept is evident in the spiritual realm. Notice the verses just prior to where
we have been reading as it describes the Christian in a gut-check process, “ let us lay aside
every weight , and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for
the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Heb 12:1-2). There is an association
between spiritual fat and sinning, “let us lay aside every weight , and the sin . . . ” Do you
recognize the Biblical call for spiritual fitness in our minds?
Now, how can we know the relative condition of our spirit? We humans are composed of
three elements, (1) The Flesh, (2) The Mind (which is the Soul) , and (3) The Spirit. If you
are unfamiliar with this concept, you may obtain a copy of the Rivkah Ministries Bible
Study entitled, “Spirit, Soul and Body” http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/040205.pdf from the
World Wide Web at: http://www.rivkah.org . In essence, your mind is the seat of your will,
desires, and emotions as the following diagram illustrates:
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Will, Desires,
& Emotions
The spirit and the
body are not
connected. The
soul (our mind)
acts as the
conduit between
of the spirit and
the body!
Body
Soul
Mind
Spirit
Now remember, our question is, “How can we know the relative condition of our spirit?
The answer is simple. Where do the decisions which manage your human system
originate? If they come out of the Body or the Soul/Mind then our spirit’s domination is
too weak! A person who is led by the Body or the Soul/Mind is living an unrestrained
lifestyle.
Spirit
Our spirit is the core (heart)
of our being. Yet it cannot
manifest itself into our flesh
unless our soul (mind) agrees
with our spirit. Then there is
a 2/3 majority in our being!
Soul
Mind
Body
The spirit should always manage the affairs of the body, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall
not fulful the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16). Therefore the spirit is at its weakest condition
when the body or the soul dominates decision-making in the human system. In actual fact
the Holy Spirit is the component which was born again. This spirit component from God is
completely healthy therefore it is never weak. The weakness actually exists in our soulish
realm. Jesus said to his disciples concerning prayer on the night of his arrest, “the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41). Therefore, many use that phrase as
an excuse for sinning, “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” However, we
cannot misuse that scripture as an excuse. Actually, Jesus was teaching that the flesh
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dominated the actions of the disciples that night! His words may seem as if the spirit was
strong component and the flesh was the weak link; in reality, their soul was the weak link
since it did not agree with the spirit and therefore rule over their flesh. Through this entire
story we must realize that the Holy Spirit had not yet been given; therefore, the result was
rather predictable. However, we now have the Holy Spirit of God, as John wrote, “But ye
have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One” (1 John 2:20).
If your spirit is weak then you will experience forms of treachery or faithlessness in your
life, “therefore take heed to your spirit , that ye deal not treacherously” (Mal 2:16). In the
context, the prophet is talking about breaking covenant with one’s wife. However,
breaking any covenant transpires when the spirit is not leading the human system!
Let’s put a human face on where we are trying to go as we continue to investigate the life
of King David. Have you ever been wronged? Godliness can directly result from how we
react when being wronged by others. Let’s observe how an evil spirit came upon King
Saul, “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD
troubled him” (1 Sam 16:14). Next we discover how Saul was relieved from his evil spirit,
“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an
harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed , and was well, and the evil spirit
departed from him ” (1 Sam 16:23). Relief from the evil spirit greatly pleased the king,
“And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found
favour in my sight ” (1 Sam 16:22). David’s musical skill gave him favor in the sight of the
King. At this point in the story the king had been relieved of the evil spirit and he no
longer needed David’s services, “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his
father's sheep at Bethlehem” (1 Sam 17:15). So we find David (the youngest) at home with
the flock.
Now after some time David’s father wanted to send provisions to his elder sons who where
in the army with King Saul, “Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an
ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren” (1
Sam 17:17). David’s father continued, “carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their
thousand, and look how thy brethren fare” (1 Sam 17:18).
So we observe that the curious upstart David showed up on the same battlefield with his
brothers, “David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the
army, and came and saluted his brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there
came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the
Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. 24 And all the
men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the
men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come
up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches,
and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel. 26 And David
spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this
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Philistine , and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised
Philistine , that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Sam 17:22-26).
However, David’s brothers were unhappy with his curiosity and daring words. One brother
actually became angry, “And Eliab (whose name means, “God is my father”) his eldest
brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David,
and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep
in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come
down that thou mightest see the battle” (1 Sam 17:28). Here David is chided by his older
brother and certainly put in his place for the moment.
We earlier reviewed the events of the day how David ultimately challenged and then slew
Goliath! This obviously made the king and the army very happy and certainly it made a
great name for David. At this point everything is going great for David; he even became
great friends with the king’s son Jonathan, “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of
David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Sam 18:1). You see, everything was
wonderful for David: earlier he had ministered his music to the king; lately he had made a
name for himself in the battle with Goliath, “ Saul set him over the men of war , and he was
accepted in the sight of all the people , and also in the sight of Saul's servants ” (1 Sam
18:5). Even the king’s servants began to show David great deference.
We all know how success feels; there are those times when we feel that we have the world
on a downhill pull! At this point in the story, you might think to yourself; “Hey I want my
Christian life to be just like David’s life. I can win victories through faith and I can
become friends with other sons of the king, maybe I can even become the right hand man
of someone with real authority. This Christian life is really pretty wonderful!” Yea, who
wouldn’t want to be just like David?
But notice, this period of absolute success did not last too long, “it came to pass as they
came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came
out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing . . . as they played, and said, Saul hath slain
his thousands, and David his ten thousands ” (1 Sam 18:6-7). Obviously, the king is not
happy at being overshadowed by the upstart, David, “And Saul was very wroth , and the
saying displeased him ; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to
me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
(Jealousy and false evil intentions are here wrongly ascribed to David. However, in Saul’s
defense, by this time David’s brothers had surely been telling everyone around the camp
that the prophet Samuel had earlier anointed David to be the King over Israel; this could
not have made Saul feel too secure!) 9 And Saul eyed David (The Spanish and Italian
peoples call this the evil eye as it is something akin to a curse.) from that day and forward.”
However, notice how David had done nothing to have all of this evil come upon him!
David was completely innocent. Haven’t you ever been innocently accused?
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Have you ever been completely innocent in a given situation and yet you had false motives
or gossip attributed to you? I think that we all have. But notice how David’s troubles were
just beginning, “And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came
upon Saul , and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as
at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he
said, I will smite David even to the wall with it . And David avoided out of his presence
twice” (1 Sam 18:10-11). Now the king is openly threatening David’s very life; the Bible
is even pretty clear why, “ Saul was afraid of David , because the LORD was with him, and
was departed from Saul ” (1 Sam 18:12).
Saul was unable to dispose of David quietly, so what did he do? Notice the narrative,
“Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand” (1
Sam 18:13) (David was actually demoted in rank (an earlier allusion indicates that he had
commanded 10,000; now he was merely over 1,000 – the reduction in rank would be like
going from a Major to a Captain). Further, David was removed from the king’s presence) .
So David’s bubble had burst, the King was trying to kill him; he had been demoted, and
ultimately removed from the presence of the king. All of this was happening just because
of that stupid song in the mouths of the women. Now David’s life is beginning to sound
more like an actual life of a Christian.
The question is, “How did David react to all of this adversity? Let’s put this question in the
context of dealing with that “opposing force” which we studied earlier?” Do you
remember a question that we asked? “Have you ever been wronged?” We noted that
godliness can result directly from how one reacts when being wronged by others. Now
understand, every single one of us will be wronged by others at some time or another! Do
you think that satan is just going to roll over because you have decided to become a
Christian; do you think that without any resistance, he will just let you become a king in the
earth? You are part of the force, which is absolutely destroying his worldwide authoritative
structure! This alone will cause him and/or his minions to bring a lying attack against you!
Now remember that David had all of this evil brought against him; but notice his response,
“And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways ; and the LORD was with him” (1 Sam
18:14). David did not react in an ordinary fashion in which the world would expect. He
did not treat others according to the same manner that they had treated him, “See that none
render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good” (1 Thess 5:15).
David’s reaction made him something very special in the sight of God!
The manner in which we behave when being wronged, maligned, demoted, and mistreated
is directly related to how God will deal with us! Your life can even become a prophecy of
the future! Under circumstances such as these, when you are wronged; and yet, you allow
God to work in you, God can perform mighty wonderful works! On the other hand, if you
act foolishly or brutish, God will still be with you, but he cannot work powerfully through
your witness!
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Let’s notice David’s reaction, “David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave
Adullam” (1 sam 22:1). David fled from Saul; it would have been permissible under the
circumstances for him to at least try “to set things straight”; however he ran because he did
not want to cause any form of a rebellion against God’s anointed! As he fled, David did
fall among a noteworthy company of men. Notice those who chose to follow after David,
“every one that was in distress , and every one that was in debt , and every one that was
discontented , gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there
were with him about four hundred men” (1 Sam 22:2). Now doesn’t this exiled band of
downtrodden commoners who are with David sound more like a Christian group that we
might recognize?
We have only scratched the surface of the troubles David would encounter. Much later in
his life, he experienced a rebellious son who rose up against him. Once again David
refused to stand up for his rights; he refused to fight against his adversary-son, Absalom.
Instead, David meekly departed Jerusalem, trusting in God and knowing that it was only
He who would establish the throne, “And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives,
and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people
who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went” (2 Sam.
15:30-31). David continually displayed the same meek and humble attitude that was in
Jesus Christ, who likewise refused to fight for His rightful throne. Yet again, David’s
reaction in response to the rebellion became a picture of the Messiah to come. We have
observed in an earlier Bible Study how the path that David took that night as he left
Jerusalem was the same path that Jesus took when He bore the cross to the place of
crucifixion. We should begin to see in David’s experience a prophetic pattern of the
crucifixion? Just as in the life of every Christian, David’s troubles continued to manifest.
Now let’s come back to our first premise in the Bible Study, “It is the glory of God to
conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov 25:2). David has
certainly become fully persuaded that God is indeed working in his life! Surely by this
point he recognizes that there are never any coincidences! Notice David’s reaction to the
rebellion when he learned that his close friend and advisor was involved, “Now someone
told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O
LORD, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness” (2 Sam 15:31). Unless we are
knowledgeable of the Hebrew we miss something here; these words of David are actually a
play on words in the Hebrew language. The name Ahithophel means “my brother is
foolish” therefore David would have actually said in Hebrew something like, “make foolish
the counsel of my brother who is foolish.”
We discover David’s betrayer-counselor Ahithophel (the grandfather of Bathsheba) is
prophetic of Judas in the New Testament! Judas’ attitude toward Jesus was that his
“brother” Jesus was foolish not to use his supernatural powers to authenticate his calling as
the Messiah and thereby establish a new government of God. Aside from the fact that
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God’s plan was different, Judas didn’t realize that if Jesus had forced his authority, it would
have ultimately resulted in violence. This would have led to rebellion against Rome; Jesus
clearly resisted any and all forms of taking the kingdom by force, “When Jesus therefore
perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king , he departed
again into a mountain himself alone” (John 6:15). Jesus would have nothing of the kind!
During the story of Absalom's rebellion we gained an opportunity to identify the path that
David took during his ascent to the top of the Mount of Olives. This is no coincidence;
rather it identifies clearly and conclusively that the story of Absalom's rebellion in
conjunction with Ahithophel's betrayal is a prophetic pattern of Jesus' crucifixion and
Judas' betrayal.
Ahithophel advised Absalom to pursue and destroy David, but Absalom did not take that
advice. As a result, Ahithophel realized that Absalom would not succeed and that David
would eventually hold the throne. Ahithophel further realized that he would then have to
face David’s justice as a result of his betrayal, “Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel
was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, and
set his house in order, and strangled (hanged) himself; thus he died and was buried in the
grave of his father” (2 Sam. 17:23). David’s betrayer hanged himself even as the betrayer
of Jesus did the same, “Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been
condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and
elders, 4 saying, I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. But they said, What is that to
us? See to that yourself! 5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and
departed; and he went away and hanged himself” (Matt. 27:3-5).
Judas Iscariot (Ish-Kerioth) was from a town called Kerioth, or Kerjath. Iscariot thus
means the “Man of Kerioth.” What we must realize is that the hometown of Judas was
Keriath-arba, which is Hebron, “And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-
arba (that is, Hebron)” (Gen. 35:27). Ahithophel was a type of Judas, “Absalom sent for
Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller” (2 Sam 15:12). Here we find that one of
David’s close friends and counselors takes up with the revolt. It is interesting that the
conspiracy against David, and the advice of Ahithophel also began in Hebron, Judas’s
hometown.
In order for Judas to betray Jesus, he had to be a “friend” of Jesus, “And one will say to
him, What are these wounds between your arms [hands]? Then he will say, Those with
which I was wounded in the house of my FRIENDS.” (Zech. 13:6). Hebron means
“friendship.” Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss of friendship, and Jesus called him "friend,"
“And immediately he [Judas] went to Jesus and said, Hail, Rabbi! and kissed Him. 50 And
Jesus said to him, Friend , do what you have come for. Then they came and laid hands on
Jesus and seized Him” (Matthew 26:49-50). Anyone can treat another person unjustly, but
it requires a real friend to be betrayed.
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Another interesting “play on words” can be found in David’s story. The “play on words” is
related to the concept of “peace” and its association with the princes or sons of the king.
Absalom’s name is Ab-salom meaning the “father of peace;” therefore since he was a son
of the king, he was a “prince of peace.” Secondly, David’s son named Solomon (Shalom)
also stands for “peace.” Both of these sons of David were princes. However, Absalom
proved that he was a prince of violence, betrayal, and rebellion. Therefore, his name the
“father of peace” is certainly misleading; on the other hand, Solomon was a type of Christ,
the true “Prince of Peace;” during his administration real peace in Israel was established.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter”
(Prov 25:2). We Christians are destined to rule with Christ! We will be kings and rule
with David. However, a king needs to be strong in the spirit. As we have learned, strength
in the spiritual realm comes only through resistance against an external pressure or
opposing force, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind” (1 Peter 1:13). David’s
example for us is one of an individual that continually renewed his mind, “be renewed in
the spirit of your mind” (Eph 4:23). This is a secret known only in the minds of kings!
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