“And Saul was yet the more afraid of David and Saul became David’s enemy continually.”
The nation of Israel stands as the type of the existence of the eternal seed as they are partakers of flesh and blood. Before they are made manifest as a people in Adam, they are known and chosen of God, before they are called in the father of the faithful, Abraham, they are a peculiar people and before they are delivered from the bondage of oppression, they were a nation. They have an incorruptible nature, pure and holy unto God and in the appointed time along the time-line of existence, they are born from above by the Spirit into earthen vessels afore prepared unto glory. This earthen vessel has been afore-prepared of God by the shed blood of the Lamb who stood, as he had been slain, from the foundation of the world. Therein they cannot be polluted by the flesh and the flesh is still contrary to the Spirit because the flesh is created and not eternal.
This dual existence on the land of Shinar is an absolute contradiction one to the other. The Spirit does not need the things of the earth to sustain it while the flesh is completely dependent upon the fruit of the ground, the beasts of the fields, the fowls of the air and the fish of the sea. The Spirit delights in the Law of God while the flesh is oblivious to spiritual truth; so it is set forth in the nation of Israel. They were a people chosen in the father of many (Abram) before they were a people. They were children of promise and children of the wicked one while they struggled together in the womb of Rebecca, they had the blessing of the inheritance and the curse of the law upon them before they had done any good or any evil and they exhibit, from the beginning, the nature of Adam and the attributes of grace.
Oft times this duality is demonstrated completely within the individual. Such is the case when Abram believed God and it was accounted for righteousness and then he lied for fear that the king would kill him and take Sarai to wife. One action is the epitome of grace through faith by the Spirit of God and the other is the fearfulness of self-preservation in Adam. Other times it is demonstrated in a national setting as when Israel was protected and provided for in the midst of the plagues of Egypt and then, with cloud and pillar in plain view, they “were sore afraid and the children of Israel cried out unto Yehovah and said unto Moses, Because no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away into the wilderness to die; Why have you dealt with us to carry us forth out of Egypt?” (Ex. 14:10). Now this same scenario is manifested between two people, King Saul and King David both contained in the one nation, Israel.
Saul is the desire of the people as king and the very same prophet who anointed him as king over the inheritance of Yehovah has now told him that his kingdom shall not continue. He came to him a second time to confirm this same word as Saul defeated the Amalekites (valley dwellers who lived between Edom and the house of embankments, Egypt) but could not obey the commandments of God. This time, as Samuel proclaims that he will no more come before King Saul because he is rejected of God, the king lays hold of the skirt of his mantle and it rent. “And Samuel said unto him, Yehovah has rent the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbour of your who is better than you” (I Sam. 15:28). He also told the King that Yehovah God had sought a man after His own heart and his kingdom shall be forever.
This man, Samuel, anointed David king when he was just a lad tending to his father’s sheep. He did not instruct him to leave the sheep and to mount a coup to overthrow the government and he authorized no insurrection against Saul. David was the King whose kingdom would have no end and Saul was the King whose kingdom was over and his house was desolate. So, in the nation of Israel, there existed at the same time, a ruler of the people whose desire was on the things of this world and an unrevealed ruler called the Beloved.
“But when it pleased God, who had separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, to reveal Himself in me...” (Gal. 1:15).
God revealed the guilt of Saul to him from before he was anointed as He told Samuel “hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you for they have not rejected you but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken Me and served other gods, so do they also unto you. Now therefore, hearken unto their voice, howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them” (I Sam. 8:7ff). Saul was rejected of Yehovah from the beginning and desired of a stiff-necked and rebellious people yet in the fullness of time, He revealed Himself in David. The Spirit of God, who had come upon Saul as God gave him another heart and caused him to prophesy among a company of prophets (10:9) had now departed from him as “an evil spirit from Yehovah troubled him” (16:14).
One of the servants of the king was made mindful of a “mighty valiant man, a man of war and prudent in matters and a comely man” who was “a cunning player on an harp and it shall come to pass when the evil spirit from God is upon you, that he shall play with his hand and you shall be well” (16). David, who had been made proficient upon the harp as he was isolated in the fields with the sheep, was also skilled in areas that no internship in a sheepfold or apprenticeship in the pastures could have equipped him with. The same Yehovah God who had filled “Bezaleel, son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah” with His Spirit “in wisdom, understanding and in all knowledge” (Ex. 31:3) was with David and now brought him into the palace of the king. He sent the evil spirit to Saul while the Holy Spirit dwelt in the remedy for the king’s ailment. Here the songs of the Shepherd caused the evil spirit that vexed the carnal man to be comforted.
His music did not change Saul in any manner. His songs did not preach the gospel of repentance and conversion so that Saul would find peace with God. The notes he played were not performed with the intention of bringing about social reform, religious equality and freedom or reviving one who had not the Spirit of God dwelling within. Saul, the one who is the manifestation in type of the natural man, “was refreshed and was well and the evil spirit departed from him” (23) when the still small voice of the Beloved was heard but he was still “none of His” (Rms. 8:9). The natural man was effected by the music in the same way that the clay pots were made brittle by the torches within when Gideon and the army of Israel surrounded the Midianites (Jud. 7:18).
This should have been the makings of a very interesting relationship. Every time the evil spirit came upon Saul, he would summon his medicine man and be relieved. This arrangement was to be short lived though as the ‘sojourning immigrants’ (Philistines) arrayed themselves for battle as an ‘hedge, dug about and edged with bloods’ (Shochoh, Azekahin, Ephes-dammim). Saul set the army of Israel in the valley of the ‘oak’ (Elah – a ruling son of Edom) as he, in the arm of the flesh, sought to wrestle with flesh and blood.
David, who had returned from his musical obligations in the court of the king to once again tend to his flock as a type of the Good Shepherd who will never leave nor forsake His flock, was sent by his father to see to the welfare of his brethren, ‘God is my father’ (Eli-ab), ‘my father is noble’ (Abi-nadab) and ‘astonishment’ (Shammah). This is again a type of the Messiah who left His Father’s house to feed His brethren and champion the cause and overthrow the enemies of the Israel of our God.) When David (the Beloved) ‘exiles the winepress’ (Goliath of Gath), the soul of he who is ‘given of Yehovah’ (Jo-nathan) is manifested as being ‘knit together’ with the Beloved and Jo-nathan loves David as he loves his own soul. This is the eternal love of the Father for His seed and all that he has ‘given’ unto the Beloved. He has lost none in the completion of His work and He has raised them up in that last day. He has presented them before the throne of the Father as He declared His generation, the generation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, saying, “Behold I and the children whom Yehovah has given Me for signs and for wonders in Israel from Yehovah of Hosts which dwells in mount Zion” (Is. 8:18).
“Then Jo-nathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul” (18:3).
This is the new covenant. It is not like the covenant made in the wilderness at the foot of Mt. Sinai which stood broken from the beginning. This is a covenant that cannot be altered or violated in any manner. It is between God and His people, the Bridegroom and His Bride, the head and His Body, the Father and His children and the Lamb and the redeemed. It is eternal and immutable for it is the Word of God which lives and reigns forever and ever. He is “not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent; has He not said and shall He not accomplish or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). Is He not also the “Strength of Israel (who) will not lie nor repent; for He is not a man that He should repent” (I Sam. 15:29).
He has eternally loved His people, His children of the incorruptible seed, who are born not of the will of man nor of the desires of the flesh and they love Him because He first loved them. He demonstrated this love as the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, before His Beloved had “done any good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to election, might stand, not of works, but of Him that calls” (Rms. 9:11). Before the handwriting of ordinances was given and broken on the mount, the covenant of peace stood firm and sure because His work was finished from the foundation of the world; before the manifestation of the victory over all the enemies who were made His footstool, He came forth conquering and to conquer and has taken His great power and reigns over all.
The children, who are justified by His faith and have peace with God, have not an heart of stone as do the natural children of Israel (Zech. 7:12) whose minds are blinded “for unto this day the same veil remains untaken away in the reading of the old testament...but even unto this day, when Moses is read the veil is upon their heart” (II Cor. 3:14). The true Israel of God has been sprinkled with clean water and cleansed from all their filthiness and idolatry in Adam, by that precious blood of the Lamb. These have washed their outer garments in the blood and their sin has been removed as far as the east is from the west. God has removed the heart of stone and given an heart of flesh. Upon this new heart, He has written His law, which His Spirit causes His people to walk therein, thus they keep His statutes because they are His people. David and Jo-nathan were not of the same father in the flesh but they were of the One Father in the Spirit. Saul and Jo-nathan were father and son but they were alienated from each other for Saul was of the seed of the serpent while Jo-nathan was born of God.
“And Saul eyed David from that day and forward” (18:9)
The natural man is enmity against the Spiritual man. He lusts after the things of this world and earnestly desires the peace, forgiveness and comfort that the Spiritual man has in Messiah. The inherent religious nature of man is demonstrated as Adam sewed his apron of fig leaves, Cain brought forth the fruit of the land and Jehu said, “Come with me and see my zeal for Yehovah” after he slew the seventy sons of Ahab. The natural man relentlessly tries to establish his righteousness before God. He mimics the lifestyle of the religious and moral people, makes many sincere promises and vows and even tries to suppress or even destroy that law in the mind that delights in the law of God. He knows the truth yet he is finite and cannot attain unto that which is righteous for God has decreed that no flesh shall glory in His presence (I Cor. 1:29).
As the spiritual man grows in the grace and knowledge of His will the natural man fights even harder for he knows his kingdom shall not last. David returned from the battles that he fought and his victories were hailed as ten times greater than those of Saul. This infuriated the king who needed the approval and support of the people. The more prosperous and successful that the eternal seed is manifested, in the work that he has been assigned from the beginning, the more frustrated and belligerent the natural man appears because they are contrary, one to the other (Gal. 5:17). This is the warfare that rages within each child of grace as the height and depth, of the glory of God’s love is revealed.
The love of the brethren also enrages the natural man for he has not this ability. The eternal love of God is manifested between the members of His house and those who are without are envious of this relationship. The natural man was created a gregarious creature that thrives in the company of others. This comradery is based upon the mutual experiences of the natural existence as interpreted and translated in the frail and often deceived carnal mind. He who judges all things after the proof of the faculties of the flesh knows nothing of the faith that is within and the unlimited and unrestrained love of the brethren.
Saul despised this relationship in Jo-nathan and David and sought to interrupt or end it in any way possible. Jo-nathan was the heir apparent to the throne and his natural father had plans for his ascension to power. David was the anointed King of Israel and Saul had designs on how to thwart his appointment in favour of his seed and so, in the midst of a time when Yehovah God again dispatched the evil spirit unto Saul and the playing of David was called for, the King threw a spear at David in attempts to kill him. He was not concerned about the removal of the evil spirit and his being made “well”, he hated David and wanted him dead.
“And ye shall be hated of all for My name’s sake” (Lk. 21:17)
This does not only apply to the attitude of the inhabitants of this world to the citizens of Zion, it also applies to the wrestling of the flesh against the spirit. That which is of the earth delights in the comforts and environment of this world and lives, moves and breathes by the cognitive abilities of the senses. The child of grace is not of this world. He is a stranger here below who remembers Jerusalem and longs to return to his Father’s house. He lives, moves and breathes by the faith of God which is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. As the light of the glory within is manifested he grows weary of the vanity he has been made subject to. Yet this subjection, although not something the child of grace chooses, is set by means of the Father who has subjected the same (His children) in hope, and “hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Rms. 5:5).
The Lord had revealed Himself to David and had sent His messenger to anoint him, King over Israel. David had to wait 39 years until he saw the manifestation of the promise of God. The warfare between Saul and David did not end until David put all the enemies of Israel under his feet. He shewed kindness to the house of his covenant brother, Jo-nathan, because of the kindred spirit and the oath of his word, and when he had subdued all things, the last enemy being death, he surrendered his throne to his son, Solomon, the King of Peace. This is the man of promise which should sit upon the throne of the Beloved whose kingdom shall have no end. He is the type of the king/priest who built His temple “and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zech. 6:13).
Saul and David lived together in the economy of Israel. Saul represents the natural man who must decrease and who is dying daily. David represents the child of grace, that spiritual man born from above who is renewed daily. The result of this existence is that the inner man groaned daily, desiring to be delivered from the bondage of the corruption as he waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God. The beauty of this existence is that the house of Adam is left desolate as the children of the King of Righteousness overcome the world by faith; “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4); “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith” (5:4). There can never be peace between Saul and David or the flesh and the Spirit or the kingdoms of this world with the Israel of our God. The peace of God passes all understanding and is not of this world.
“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, New Jerusalem which cometh down from My God, and My new name” (Rev. 3:12).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 18, 2014