Posted by: Esther | January 25, 2014

While We Were Still Sinners

1 Samuel 16:14-23 is a beautiful picture of Christ’s redeeming love as explained in Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The Holy Spirit has left Saul, and in His place an evil spirit is sent by God to torment him. Saul’s advisors suggest that he finds a skillful musician to play music that will soothe his soul when this evil spirit comes upon him. Saul agrees and tells his servants to find such a man. One of the servants discovers David, and Saul sends for him.

1 Sam 16:19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

Jesse is a picture of our heavenly Father. David, a shepherd, is a picture of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.

In John 10:11 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

Just as our Heavenly Father sends His Son to us sinners, so Jesse will send his son to Saul, the royal sinner.

1 Sam 16:20 And Jesse, as our Heavenly Father, sends his son on a donkey.

John 12:14-15 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

 Just as the donkey that Jesse sent to Saul, the donkey entering Jerusalem had loaded on it the bread of life and the wine of the blood for the new covenant, both carried within our perfect sacrificial lamb.

And Jesse took a donkey loaded with breadJesus is our bread of life.

Mark 14:22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

…a skin of wine… Jesus is the blood of the wine.

Mark 14:22-23Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

…and a young goat… Jesus is our sacrificial lamb

1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

1 Sam 16:21 So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer.

Romans 5:8-9 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.

Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

While Saul was still a sinner, the anointed one stood before him and loved him. While I was still a sinner, the Anointed One covered me with His righteous blood and became my armor bearer. With the Armor of God I resist the devil’s schemes, standing on the promise of salvation. My armorbearer is already victorious, therefore, so am I, and so are you, if you believe.


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