Series: Other Speakers
Sun am 5th December 2010 – Daniel van Eeden
Matt. 6:13; Col.1:13-15; Ex.19:6; 1 Pet. 2:9; 2 Sam. 5:6; 2 Sam. 5:1; 2 Sam. 5:8; 2 Sam. 5:12; 1 Sam. 16:13; 1 Sam. 17:28-29; 1 Sam. 17:31; Heb. 4:1-3; Heb. 3:15
The Old Testament is full of types and shadows in order for us to understand God’s ways, how He works with us and where He wants to take us. The Bible has not been written primarily to convey historical or geographical facts, but to teach us spiritual realities and the purposes of God.
David was a servant and a carrier of grace, through whom God worked. He can also be seen as a type of Jesus, a redeemer of his people. We find David in the cave of Adullam, fleeing from Saul. From the cave, he went to Hebron, and from Hebron to Jerusalem or Zion; three seasons in David’s life.
Zion was the third and final destination of David and his people. This is a picture, or type or shadow, of the feast of Tabernacles; which is also not a specific time and place, but a state of heart and a mind-set.
‘For Yours is the kingdom(Passover – Col 1:13) and the power(Pentecost) and the glory(Tabernacles) forever. Amen’ (Matt. 6:13).
We can even get stuck in the ‘joining of the men’ and miss the purpose of the joining. We can get stuck in the Apostolic and miss the purpose of the Apostolic. We can get stuck in fathers and sons and miss the glory of Zion. All these things are a means to the end, the fulfillment of Gods original intention.
There has to be an upgrade in our mentality, in our mindset and understanding; in order to enter Zion. The mindset of the cave and of Hebron cannot enter Zion.
The spirit of freelancing (Church membership) must make way for covenant relationships (sonship). Remember sonship is not the goal; it is a means to obtain and enter into Zion.
‘Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.”’ (2 Sam. 5:6) (They failed to realize that the men around David had covenanted with Him).
‘Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh”’ (2 Sam. 5:1). This is the only place where it is written “Your bone and your flesh” instead of “bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh”; which means that they became David’s empowerment. They have become the expression; they fleshed out that which David was speaking.
The sad thing is, that David knew all along what had to be done, but had to wait for this moment when he was empowered by the men around him to do God’s will and go into Zion.
For David to be able to lead people into Zion, he needed sons that were willing to humble themselves and go into the gutter. (The system took water into the city but also brought sewage out of the city). These men needed to crawl underground into the city. You are temporarily in the gutter in order to move into the place of being in His presence forever and ever. We need to pass through the place of self-denial in order to enter into Zion. We need a people that are willing to lose their personal identity and agenda in order to obtain a corporate identity. You cannot enter Zion if you are still obsessed with preserving self.
‘And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel’ (2 Sam. 5: 12). This was not for the sake of David alone, but God established Zion for the sake of His people. We need this perspective; all was done for the bigger picture. God came upon David for the sake of the nation, not to make something of David.
David was already anointed and equipped, even when he was in the cave, and at Hebron, but he lacked the strength of men around him, men of covenant. They were either stuck in Passover (salvation) or in Pentecost (spirit filled) but unwilling to move into Zion. This is a picture of the church today.
‘Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah’ (1 Sam. 16:13). David’s brothers experienced all this personally and yet the following happened. ‘Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a question?”’ (1 Sam. 17:28-29). Instead of opposing the enemy, they opposed God’s anointed sent one. David’s opposition was from his own household; and familiarity is one of the problems that caused this. David’s first level of warfare was from his own brother, Eliab.
A company of people must arise and start doing things in a new way, start thinking in a new way, and operate beyond the normal. ‘When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them to Saul, and he sent for him’ (1 Sam. 17:31).
Recognize grace in a manner that was not done before; somebody has to break ranks, and recognize who Goliath is, and who God has called to destroy Goliath. It is no longer the devil delaying us; it is our flesh delaying us from moving forward.
Here in this house, we have a very clear word from God. Which tree are we eating from? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or the tree of life? Do we recognize the grace carrier in the house as a man sent from God; do we recognize God speaking in and through him? If we do, we are becoming “his bone and his flesh”; then we can bow down and get into the gutter with our brother and take Zion.
‘Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world’ (Heb. 4:1-3).
God is calling a company of men and women to again hear His voice spoken by a man in their midst; to commit themselves to see that word fulfilled; to form that corporate humble servant company that will enter Zion – the forever-and-ever realm.