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Spiritual Warfare: When King David Took Jerusalem - Jerusalem Is Calling

As we started to explain in Blog 160, after the slaying of Goliath the giant David was on his way and God was on His way through David, their two hearts beating as one toward the liberation of Jerusalem whose name in one way means, the casting forth and effusion or instruction of peace. It is a city of peace.

It is a city, allegedly, of harmony and reconciliation, and the peace itself is far more than mere tranquility, but this casting forth of peace is to include the fullness of all that is good which is all that is God. From there, from Jerusalem, the voice of God would be broadcast outward into all of earth.

This peace is the shalom or salem meaning to be whole and complete in every possible sense (spirit, soul and body), to be rewarded with fullness and abundance in each and every endeavor and purpose, to have mastery over all that is adverse, to be completely satisfied, to be wholly enriched.

It is not the enrichment of one at the expense of another, but the enrichment of all for the good of all, unless of course you happen to be an enemy of the peace. If that is the case, expect some trouble.

Jerusalem, the navel of the earth, and within it was to be the sanctuary, and within the sanctuary was to be the ark of the covenant of this peace, and the ark of God's covenant was to be resting upon the Foundation Stone which is the catalyst of the creation and the dust from which man was formed, and high over it all, the name of the LORD and all His glorious name(s) represented in rank and power, would stand as the One hallowed and sacred Source streaming into all the earth.

But it is the Jebusites that occupy the holy city and the name Jebus means to thresh, to tread upon as with disrespect, to desecrate and trample down. For the goodness of God in all the earth, for His glory to fill it all to the full, then Jerusalem must be free from the power of those who would suppress and despise the God of Life. And so it says;

And the king (David) and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the territory, and they boasted confidently against David saying, 'Remove and abolish from among you all of the blind and the lame, or you cannot come near to this city.' They were thinking, 'David cannot come near this city.'

David, regardless of this, took hold upon, seized and captured the strong hold of Zion. This same place is the city of David, that which is his excitement, what rouses and incites, moves and motivates.

And David said on that day, 'Strike at the fountain of their heart, smiting the Jebusites on behalf of the lame and the blind, these who are the anguish of David's soul.'

The reason they had said this, boasting so confidently is because of the words, 'The blind and the lame will not come into the house (2nd Samuel 5:6-8).

This is a phenomenal story. The oppressors of Jerusalem knew something about the rules of religion but not the heart of David and were using them against David who was coming to take the city for the habitation of God.

They were quoting from Leviticus chapter twenty-one which said no one with a blemish, and particularly the blind or the lame could come near the sanctuary of the LORD and Jerusalem was the city of that sanctuary.

David's response tells us something also about the true heart of God.

David had made a covenant with his friend Jonathan (see 1st Samuel 18) because their hearts were the same and in the course of David becoming king and prior to the taking of Jerusalem, Jonathan's son had become lame (see 2nd Samuel 4:4).

Just as we see in our Lord Jesus, David operates by a higher law that over-rides everything else on earth and that is the law of love your neighbor as yourself and in this instance, as it always is, love for one's brother was higher than Moses law, or at least man's interpretation of it.

The religiously oppressive, which satan is, for he often comes appearing as an angel of light (see 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15), will always seek to use what appears religiously correct to keep you from doing what is spiritually correct in the eyes of God.

It is possible to be legally correct according to religious rules which men love to employ for their own power and self aggrandizing while being spiritually in error. This is what the parable of the Good Samaritan is all about (see Luke 10:25-37).

In response to this idea of the blind and lame, in Jesus day and the apostles, the blind, lame and others who were imperfect were not allowed in the temple by the religious powers, who of course were operating in the temple without the Ark of the Covenant. You had to be perfect, unspotted and unblemished in order to play in their world, at least to the outward appearances of man. So, here is Jesus response to it all;

And Jesus said to them, 'It is written, My house will be called the house of prayer (intercessions for mercies), but you have made it a den of thieves.' And then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them (Matthew 21:13-14).

The oppressive spirits will always fill you with reasons why you cannot inherit the wonders of your Father's kingdom. They will fill you with lies and doubts, “You're not good enough, you're not perfect enough, you can't come in you know because you have flaws. You sinned, you made a huge mistake, you're sick at the core with your wicked leprosy.”

They will repeat their reasons again and again hoping to keep you from the very healing life that is there in the presence of God. But Jesus says, “What better place to come and find your healing but in the presence of your God. Come to Me all of you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

Like the Lord Jesus and just like the Father, David's heart was in anguish over the lives of those hurt, oppressed and in need. He was just a boy watching over a small flock of sheep when the God of the universe found in him a heart that yearned desperately for his God, and this boy was anointed king over Israel, and possessed the warrior heart which would have the right equipping to take the city of Jerusalem.

One of the great stories of David's life revolves around those he picks up along the way as his troubled life moves toward its destiny, just as it is in the life of the Lord Jesus and with his apprentices. And then, of course there is you and me somewhere in this mix of people called of God.

And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was in deep anguish of soul, gathered themselves to him (David), and he became captain over them (1st Samuel 22:2).

There is something about David, and there is something about everyone whose heart is aligned with God that leaves in the wake of their presence a certain commodity. It is a commodity of one of the three great powers in God's universe. It is a thing called hope, and there is something beautiful and highly miraculous about hope and that is the fact that hope destroys over any soul the deeply imbedded and indescribable depressions rooted in an inner, spiritual sense of shame which is a strange feeling of loss wherever there exists dissociation with the infinities of God.

Lift me up just exactly as You have promised and my life will be sustained. Hope will swallow up my shame (Psalm 119:116).

Because of this, being aligned with God by means of faith, we have received the advantage of peace within God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we right now have access by faith into this welcome loving favor in which we now stand, in an immovable stance, and exult in our hope in the splendors of God.

And not just in this alone, but we exult whenever trouble appears too, knowing that a little trouble causes an even deeper durability and power of perseverance within us, and a deeper durability and power of perseverance enlarges our hands on experience and therefore our value within the whole, and our hands on experience and increased value simple leads us to even greater hope.

And hope will never allow our head to be cast down in shame, because the love of God is poured out in overabundant measures into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us (Romans 5:5).

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