Son of David
“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the Lord: therefore He slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed My people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over My people Israel. Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the Word of the Lord by Samuel.” 1 Chronicles 10:13-11:3
Often times, God allows us to chase after our own thoughts, imaginations, and desires until we come to the point that they fail to live up to our expectations. King Saul herein represents us chasing those worldly things. When he died, God pointed out that he died because of himself and his choices. Saul did not ask God what to do. He chased his own thoughts, imaginations, and desires. He would not accept God’s Way of Salvation and he did not enter into eternal life.
Notice then, that once Saul was gone, and the chasing had ended, God turned Hs people to David. David herein represents Christ. The wonderful thing about this, though, is that we needn’t die as Saul. God allows us to come to the end of our own means long before we come to the end of our lives. When we come to the end of our means, God turns us toward Christ. For a believer, it can be a repentance and a renewing of our faith. When we realize that we have gone the wrong way and come to the end of that path, God remains faithful to remind us of Christ and the Holy Spirit points us back to the Cross.
It is the moment when the nation went to David that we can see ourselves choosing Christ. When we finally got to our end, and there He was, right behind us, we knew it was He Who had been there the entire time. Even through the bad, He was there. Always looking out for us, as we made bad decision after bad decision, it was He Who kept us alive, who kept us from doing permanent harm to ourselves or to others. He was always there. And in the anointing of David as king, we see ourselves choosing Christ as The Lord of our lives. Not long after this, The Lord speaks to the prophet Nathan concerning David something that, while it was fulfilled in Solomon, is prophetically being fulfilled in Christ and confirms what we see with the transfer of kingship from Saul to David.
“And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build Me an house, and I will stablish His throne for ever. I will be His Father, and He shall be My Son: and I will not take My mercy away from Him, as I took it from him that was before thee: but I will settle Him in Mine house and in My kingdom for ever: and His throne shall be established for evermore.” 1 Chronicles 17:11-14
Jesus Christ is that Son of David. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. God transferred the anointing to David, and brought it through his seed to Christ. Just as the people were turned by the Father to David and they gathered themselves to him, we should recognize God pointing us to Jesus and we should likewise gather ourselves to Him, sit at His feet, and anoint Him with the oil of our lives, surrendering ourselves over to His Will, making Him Lord.
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