When David’s heart is right before God, everything falls into place just as it should. In 2nd Samuel 7 and 1st Chronicles 17 we see the beautiful communion between Creator and the created. The intense worship (proven in the words of his psalms) of David draws him deep into a love and devotion of God Almighty – so much so that he desires to build God a special temple for the Ark. But God says no, giving David a generous explanation of His divine reasons:
8 … ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 2nd Samuel 7:8 niv 2011
In those reasons we see the warrior parallel between David and our Messiah.
David was a shepherd, and God took him from that pasture so that he might do for God what he did for his father’s flocks. We touched on this, briefly, earlier in our series: 34… “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 1st Samuel 17:34-35 niv 2011
David is a shepherd with a warrior’s heart – like our Shepherd.
3 The Lord is a man of war:
the Lord is his name. Exodus 15:3 kjv
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11 esv
Make no mistake, Jesus Christ will fight for us and bring us into peace.
As the great Captain of the Host, He will overcome all His enemies, establish His throne in Zion, redeem Israel, and make the gentiles subject to His scepter.
—George Williams, The Complete Bible Commentary
Our Savior is a warrior, but it is only one aspect of the fullness of His character.
Speaking of Jesus Christ, Paul wrote: For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. Colossians 1:19 esv
Jesus was the only single person in whom this could ever happen. It takes the entire Body of Christ to do what was possible for Jesus as one. Paul described it this way: 22And He [speaking of God] put all things under His feet [speaking of Jesus Christ] and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23 esv
Therefore, David can only be warrior and shepherd. There’s no room in David for anything else. He’s full. And God explained to David:
12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 2nd Samuel 7:12-13 niv 2011
There will be another who will have the peace-time to build the temple.
And we’ll talk about this king’s beginning next week in An Affair to Remember, in our series: The Lion of Judah.
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