Posted by: Esther | April 30, 2014

Will David’s Flesh Reign?

After being persecuted and hunted to the point of despair, David’s enemy, King Saul, is finally dead. Singing and rejoicing should be heard throughout David’s camp in Ziklag, yet as we read in 2 Samuel chapter 1, we see a completely different reaction by the one after God’s heart. In this account, David is told of Saul’s death by an Amalekite who claimed to have killed Saul himself. This Amalekite brings these tidings of what he believes may be good cheer, along with King Saul’s crown and bracelet.

Anyone else, in this moment, would have taken the crown, and set himself up as king over Israel as the Lord’s anointed, as he was.

True, this is how any flesh driven man would react, so it is interesting that an Amalekite would be the one to the bring this news to David. Throughout the Old Testament, the Amalekites have been a picture of our flesh, our sin nature. The Amalekites are descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother.

Genesis 36:12 (NKJV)  Now Timna was the concubine of Eliphaz, Esau’s son, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These were the sons of Adah, Esau’s wife.

Remember that Esau was so driven by his flesh that he sold his birthright for a bowl of soup.

Gen 25:29-34 (NKJV) Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

God warns us in the New Testament that if we live by our flesh, we will die.

Romans 8:13 (ESV) For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Rom 8:6 (NKJV) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

He explains that our flesh is hostile toward God and that we must put to death all of its desires.

Romans 8:7 (ESV) For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Colossians 3:1-10 (ESV) If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

In the Old Testament, it was a command from God to the Israelites to utterly destroy all of the Amalekites.

Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (NKJV) Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;  How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

This was God’s task for Saul; his final test of obedience to God. God commanded him to utterly destroy all of the Amalekites.

1 Samuel 15:3 (NKJV) Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

But Saul failed. Saul was more interested in serving his own pride than God’s righteousness, so he kept the king alive for a trophy, along with some choice cattle and livestock.

It is a man from these very same people who comes to test David. Will David decide that it is finally time for him to do things his own way? Will he believe that the Lord has given him this opportunity to set himself up as king? Will he begin his reign  in his own flesh?

Certainly David will not fail this time, after passing so many tests in the wilderness. The Bible tells us of at least two times David could have taken Saul’s life, and many more times when God protected David from Saul’s wrath.

This time will prove to be no different. The first response by David and his men are not that of rejoicing, but of mourning for Saul, Jonathan, and for the house of Israel. What a Godly influence David has had on his men who were previously quick to want to kill the King for David’s sake. It seems that David was hanging out with God, just like Peter and John.

Act 4:13 (NKJV) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Jhn 13:35 (NKJV) “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

David does not just mourn while letting the flesh live to fester and tempt again, but he does as the Lord commands, and puts it to death.

2Sa 1:15 (NKJV) Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go near, and execute him!” And he struck him so that he died. 

Gal 5:24 (NKJV) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Then David pronounces judgement upon this man.

2Sa 1:16 (NKJV) So David said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORD’s anointed.’ “

Our own mouth also testifies against us.

Job 15:6 (NKJV) Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.

Proverbs 6:2 (NKJV) You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.

Luke 19:22 (NKJV) “And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.

Mat 15:18 (NKJV) “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

Matthew 27:25 (NKJV) And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

Or we may use our mouth to testify of the Lord…

Rom 10:9-10 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Because…

Rom 5:8-10 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

We read in Chapter 2 that David does just that. He does not set himself up to reign in the flesh as Saul did, but he kills the flesh with its desires and seeks God.

2Sa 2:1 (NKJV) It happened after this that David inquired of the LORD, saying…

 


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