Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Last Words of David

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.'
2 Samuel 23:3-4

David is rightly extolled as a man of many virtues and abilities. But it as a king that I want to speak of him now.

The Kingdom of David existed about 3,000 years ago. So far there is no record of its physical presence, just as there is no record of finding the carpenter's shop of Joseph, father of Jesus. or of the temple in Jerusalem. But the words of David still speak. Jesus spoke them on the cross.

How seldom we hear of the kingdom of David, except in the past tense. In some big denominations it is a forbidden subject.

The passage in 2 Samuel and surrounding texts show us the high water mark for a leader, one praised by the Holy Spirit. Sadly we are told of just the opposite kind of man:

But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered by the hand.
2 Samuel 23:6

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