THE REVOLUTION IS ON! - Blog 160
Spiritual Warfare: When King David Took Jerusalem - And Then There Was David
As I read through the scriptures, after watching the ups and downs of Israel and somehow know their story and my story are somehow related, and want to weep because suddenly a new, transformative dynamic enters the scene and his name is David.
For approximately 275 years the people rode a roller coaster of ups and downs due to their own making because of the fickle nature of their hearts in worship to God.
Their enemies, who they had not eradicated as they were instructed, take power over them because the people’s hearts turn to follow the gods (idolatrous substitutes for power) of the non covenant nations.
But God who loves them sends them Judges/Deliverers/Saviors when the oppression they have brought on themselves through the hardening of their hearts gets so severe they cry to Him and He is a faithful God who always keeps His covenant to seekers.
Then people know freedom again but only temporarily until their hearts turn back to worshiping the spirits of the idols, then of course the sarar of darkness inevitably comes back upon them yet again, and for all those years as the Jewish hearts sea-saw, Jerusalem waits to be liberated from suppressing powers of the Jebusites who have come to tread her soil, but no one has the ability, which translates into the heart, to liberate her.
That is, until David.
...He raised up David to be their king, over whom He also gave this testimony saying, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill all of My will (Acts 13:22).
The heart of David.
The heart of David is as the heart of God, acting in one accord, desiring God's desires, feeling God's feelings, seeing God's visions, thinking according to God's thoughts.
Giants? Who cares about giants? A minor obstacle on the way to somewhere else.
Hear what true hearted Caleb and Joshua had to say about giants in the days of Israel's unbelief and refusal to possess the land under Moses. It sounds a lot like David;
And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh...spoke to all the swarms of the children of Israel saying, 'The land we crossed into and have seen with our own eyes is a doubly exceptional good land. If the LORD finds what is delightful in us, then we will attack the whole of this land and it will give itself up to us, a whole land flowing out the richness of its milk to us and the sweet softness of its honey.
Only don't harden yourselves against the LORD and don't fear any inhabitants of this land because they are merely bread for us, their shadowy hiding places have been removed from them and the LORD is with us to make them terrified (Numbers 14:6-9, see also Numbers 13).
But where else in scripture does the treading down of giants occur that we can learn from? What is it that resides in both the heart of God and in the heart of David? Where are the two of them going as they walk through the land of God's promise, destroying the enemies that Israel, or you or I for that matter, without the kind of heart that David possessed, had never been able to overcome?
There is an interesting statement made about David after he cut off the head of Goliath that requires our attention. No one seems to be settled on when the event took place but the fact it appears in the account directly associated with the act of David defeating the giant is curious to say the least;
So David prevailed over the Philistine...and slew him, but David had no sword in his hand. Because of this David ran and stood on top of the Philistine, took his sword (Goliath's) and drew it out of the sheath it was in and slew him, and cut off his head with it, and when the Philistines saw their champion (strong man) was dead, they began to quickly flee in panic...And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines and they spoiled their tents.
And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it near to Jerusalem, but he kept his armor in his tent...And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand (1st Samuel 17:50-57).
This is unusual because at the time of Goliath's slaying the Israelites did not possess Jerusalem, the Jebusites did.
King Saul was reigning out of Gibeah, so there is a common misunderstanding among many that David took the head of Goliath to an Israelite palace in Jerusalem and stored it there, but he couldn't have. It wasn't until David was later confirmed as king of Israel that Jerusalem was taken.
There are no other statements in scripture that I've found to indicate either that David at some later time brought the head of Goliath to Jerusalem.
So, what was happening?
It appears that David had in his heart all along the city of Jerusalem and after he slew the giant Goliath, as Israel was pursuing the Philistines, David went to Jerusalem, held up Goliath's head, and indicating with this grim warning to the Jebusites that he was on his way, he would be back.
Then he took the trophy head back and brought it before Saul.
Jerusalem Is Calling: Can You Hear Her?
There is a liberation to be brought to a place from which global influence and liberation is to spread to all the earth.
In spiritual warfare there is a requirement that we be fearless.
Who will join in this deliverance?
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