Thursday, September 27, 2018

When you think about David, what remembrance comes to mind? Is it because:

1. He was a shepherd boy and killed a lion and a bear protecting his father’s sheep?
2. He stood up to Goliath and killed him?
3. He soothed King Saul by playing a harp?
4. He wrote most of the Psalms?
5. King Saul attempted to kill him?
6. He and King Saul’s son, Jonathan, were very good friends?
7. He had several wives?
8. He was a great warrior?
9. He was King over Israel?
10. His son Absalom tried to dethrone him?
11. He committed fornication with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba?
12. He numbered Israel and as a result, 70,000 men perished?

Here is an interesting comment in First Kings.

“Because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5 NKJV, Emphasis mine, RH).

The Living Bible expresses it like this,

“For David had obeyed God during his entire life except for the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5 TLB, Emphasis mine, RH).

In the New Testament David is listed in “God’s Hall of Faith” between Jephthah and Samuel (Hebrews 11:32). Luke records Paul’s speech in which the statement is made that God said, “’I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’” (Acts 13:22 NKJV, Emphasis mine, RH).

With that testimony, one might think David’s one and only sin was with Uriah’s wife and later putting Uriah in a position for the enemy to kill him. As a child I was taught about David, but his fornication and complicity to have Uriah killed was never introduced. Most children have a vision of David being a boy with a remarkable ability to use a slingshot. Probably most shepherd boys were! As children, we never aligned David and sin together during those formative years.

Did David sin more than once? Some know about his sin of numbering Israel. God spared David, but not 70,000 men. Because of his fornication, the son born from that act died, but not David.
Some know David killed Goliath, but few realize that he severed the giant’s head and took it with him when he went to Jerusalem (1 Samuel 17:54). Young boys would relish such stories just as girls would not! Teachers avoided such details in Sunday School. Those details would have been “R” rated in the fifties!

Quite a few do not realize that David was a mighty warrior. He usually fought side by side with his men. As a warrior king, he was commissioned to kill pagan enemies, which included men, women, boys, girls, and babies! That’s right! Why? Because the idolatrous adults would raise their children to believe and practice what they did. David and Israel were God’s instrument of vengeance upon those who rejected Him and substituted wood, stone, and metal to worship. Despite their immorality, David would fellowship with his enemies while running from Saul yet be deceptive with them. Today, we would say he would stab them in the back when they weren’t looking! Yet, th0se actions, as horrible as they were, did not label him as faithless. Remember, he is in God’s “Hall of Faith”!

The fact that he had more than one wife, at the same time, would eliminate him from membership in most churches today. Even if some could overlook his multiple wives, wouldn’t having a woman’s husband killed because he got her pregnant, get him banned from most memberships today? Even if he killed a dangerous enemy and was an excellent sling-shooter, wouldn’t we vomit at the sight of him carrying Goliath’s head as he motored down Main Street in a welcoming parade? Would today’s admirers give David a slap of congratulations on his back because he separated multitudes of children from their families? That’s what happens when you kill children (babies) with the older members of the family!

We live under a different and better covenant than David. The kingdom we are in is different from his (John 18:36). Our entrance into that kingdom family is different (John 3:3, 5-6). Our mission is unlike his (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16, 20a; Luke 24:46-47). Our sword and armor are completely different (Ephesians 6:11-17). We offer life in the name of Jesus (John 3:15-16; 5:40; 10:10; Acts 2:40-41)! Because of Jesus, our slate is wiped clean (Acts 3:19; Colossians 2:13; 1 John 2:12). Regardless of what a person has been guilty of, God will forgive (Romans 8:1). When one receives God’s word and is baptized, God adds that individual to the saved body of Jesus (Acts 2:41, 47). Not only is he forgiven, but his sins are never brought up again. (Acts 2:41; Hebrews 10:17). When a person is “in Christ,” there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1). When an individual becomes a Christian, he takes his place with David among the faithful of the Old Testament! His name is written in the book of Life (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5). Is your name written there?