The contrast between David the man and his Adamic desires, fears and actions, as recorded in chapters. 12 & 13 and David the Christ type of chapters. 14 & 15. David the man, who had already been anointed king of Israel by Samuel the prophet, needed Israel the people to confirm this for him. He did not trust the Word of God, the actions of His servant or the promise of His decree until; “all these men of war, that could keep ranks, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel of one heart to make David king” (12:38). He then consulted with the military captains, the political leaders and the people to see if he was doing the right thing and for there consent to his ideas. He proposed the need to bring the ark of the covenant to himself (13:12) so that he could inquire of it (12:4) and so with the help and permission of the people, he devised a way to facilitate his plan. The result, one dead, David displeased with the Lord and afraid of God and the ark in the house of the servant of the flesh (Obed-edom).
However, David the Christ-type, was ever faithful to the will of the Father and in constant communication with Him. Thus David, the man of war with his army, was reduced to David inquiring of Jehovah about the immigrants (Philistines). First God instructs him to; “go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand” (14:10) but the second time He tells David not to go up but instead to:”turn away from them and come over against the mulberry trees” (14). Here they were to be still and silent until they heard a sound in the tops of the mulberry trees and then go forth into battle; “for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines” (15). This is a clear demonstration of one who lives by the Word of God and is faithful to His direction. This is not the nature of Adam who delights in what he can see and feel and needs the support and confirmation of the flesh to persuade him to act. This Beloved was strong in the power and might of Jehovah.
David, the type of Messiah, then builds houses in the city of the Beloved or should we say, in His Fathers house? He prepared a place for the ark of the covenant and He pitched a tent for it. He fulfilled every jot and tittle of the laws requirement as He commanded only those whom the Lord had commanded, consecrated and empowered to carry the ark. This time the ark did not come to himself but it came to the city of David to the place prepared for it. He assembled the children of the bringer of Light and those joined unto the service of the sanctuary and He called for the ‘righteousness’ of ‘my great father’, Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
Then in the fullness of time, when all had been properly prepared and set in place, David, and all the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands went up to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of the servant of the flesh, “And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen” (15:27). He had been clothed with his royal robes as he went up the first time. He had the backing of the people and the army so he dressed the part but this time He wore a curious robe. This was a ‘costly white thread from Egypt’ and David the man had never been to Egypt. But the Beloved had been. He sent His people there by way of a famine and, after raising up a Pharaoh that knew not Joseph, He assigned them 450 years of bondage. At the appropriate time, He brought forth the judgment of God against Pharaoh and all the first-born of Egypt while enduring that same judgment for His people in the Pascal Lamb. He went into the house of that strong man, bound him and spoiled his house. He brought His people out with the pouring out of furry, a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. He manifested His righteousness by keeping the covenant He made with Abraham and therefore His fine linen robe is one of authority over all things wherein He is bound. He did not become righteous in this for He is the Righteousness of God. He manifested His righteousness and power over the kingdom of darkness and with eagle’s wings, brought His people forth.
“And all the Levites that bare the ark of the Lord and the singers and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers”. All that David had brought forth in His righteousness wore the same fine linen to show that they had been redeemed form the house of the that strong man and that they stood in the imputed righteousness of their Beloved. Not a different, augmented or enhanced for the current generation but the EXACT same righteousness. Those who were and have been eternally ‘joined unto Him whom He has given the work of the sanctuary having consecrated them by the sprinkling of His blood as they faithfully perform all that the labour He has assigned unto them. The singers whom He has appointed whose names are faithful (Heman son of Jehovah is God), the gatherer who has thrust in His sickle and gathered all His people form the four corners of the earth as a blessing of Jehovah (Asaph son of Berechiah) and the strong mighty one who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself and carried the bow of Jehovah to avenge His law upon the wicked (Ethan the son of Kushiah). These were assigned to lift up the praise unto the God who keeps the covenant with his people and resides between the cherubim on the mercy seat above the ark of the covenant. And the one whomJehovah has established (Chenaniah) has been made master over this praise and skilled in instructing the same. Not left up to man to devise a song or a method, but established by Jehovah and written upon the inward man of His people. There with the Spirit of Holiness His children walk in all of His ways and keep His commandments.
“And David also upon him an ephod of linen” (15:27). No one from the tribe of Judah had any right to the attendance to the sanctuary yet this David wore a holy garment of the priesthood. He had the stones with the names of His people engraved upon them and sat as a king upon His throne and as a priest. He built the house for His people, He set up the tent for the ark of the covenant and he brought it unto the city of the Beloved, which is the New Jerusalem which John saw descending from heaven adorned like a bride for her husband. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts saying, Behold the man whose name is the Branch. He shall grow out of His place and He shall build the temple of Jehovah: even He shall build the temple of Jehovah and He shall bear the glory and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zech. 6:12f). This is not the priesthood of the wilderness which faded away but the priesthood after the order of Melchizadeck which is eternal. And just as all those with David wore the same fine linen pure and white, which is the righteousness of the saints, so all His people whom He has redeemed and washed in His blood are kings and priests to God (Rev. 1:6). This is a spiritual house of living stones, an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (I Pt. 2:5).
Behold, dear brethren, the glory and majesty of the Lord God Almighty. He did not ask for help, He does not need any help for He has completed all His work and we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
Your servant inn Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 13, 2011