Why Was David A “Man After God’s Own Heart”?

How many people in scripture were described as being “a man after God’s own heart”? There is only one, and his name is King David.

But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.–1 Samuel 13:14

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.–Acts 13:22

How was he different from other Godly men? Many men, like Caleb, followed God wholeheartedly (Num. 14:24), and were actually more faithful to the Lord than David throughout their lives. Two times the scriptures tell us that Daniel had “an excellent spirit” (Daniel 5:12, 6:3). The scriptures call Moses the meekest, most humble man on earth (Num. 12:3). Jesus said, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist”.

So, in what area was David set apart from everyone else?

Some would say that no one worshiped God like David did. We even have songs that refer to “dancing like David danced”. While David was a great worshiper, I’m not sure that anyone led a congregation or sang a more victorious song than Moses and Miriam did. When it comes to worship, their song has the distinction of being among the first and last songs listed in the scriptures. There is no doubt that David was a great worshiper, but many theologians also believe that at one time Lucifer was the greatest worshiper of God.

Let me share with you something outstanding about King David that you may have never considered before.

When it comes to personal enemies, Abel had Cain, Jacob had Esau, Joseph had his brothers, Moses had Pharaoh, but no man in the entire Old Testament had a more relentless and bitter enemy than King David did…No, it is not Goliath. That was momentary. This was far, far worse.

David was hunted relentlessly like an animal for at least seven long years. Some bible scholars estimate that he was stalked and pursued for 15 years. Now stop and think about that. Can you imagine the physical exhaustion, emotional depression, and mental paranoia that David must have suffered while being on the run for all that time? No one in the entire Old Testament came close to enduring the embittering marathon and struggle against an empowered and vicious enemy that David survived. No one in the Old Testament comes near to being a haunting, pursuing enemy like the evil King Saul. All other biblical enemies pale in comparison.

What you are about to read is, in my opinion, one of the most miraculous passages in the Old Testament. To me, it is as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea. Listen to King David when he hears the news of the death of the most haunting enemy a man could have.

“Saul and Jonathan- in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24“Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.”–2 Samuel 1:23-24

When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.–2 Samuel 2:4-6

Where is the bitterness? Where is the bitterness? Where is the bitterness? Seven to fifteen years of being hunted like an animal!!! Where is the bitterness? This is a miracle.

THIS IS WHERE DAVID IS SHOWN TO HAVE A HEART PATTERNED AFTER GOD. No one forgave his enemies the way that David forgave. No one in the Old Testament had an enemy like Saul, and no one in the Old Testament ever proclaimed honor over their enemies like David did. Not only did David forgive Saul, he also forgave and showed great honor towards Abner, the man who slew his nephew Asahel. In addition, David showed no bitterness towards Absalom, the son who utterly betrayed him and had sex with David’s wives on the top of the temple (2 Samuel 16:22). The songs should be amended to include a lyric saying, “When the Spirit of the Lord moves in my heart, I’ll forgive like David forgave.

David was shown mercy where others have been punished more harshly. Why? Jesus said, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.–Matthew 6:14

You can’t worship God fully with unforgiveness in your heart. David was a worshiper of God only because he had a heart of forgiveness.

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Rev. 5:13 Will Satan Bless The Lord? What Did Jesus Say?

Before we get to Jesus, here is what the Apostle John saw:

“And EVERY CREATED THING which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”–Rev. 5:13

“This is the prophesy and fulfillment of Philippians 2:10-11…Here the angelic conflict will be resolved. Satan will be forced, after all these centuries of blasphemy, slander and accusations against God, to praise God and to admit God and His Son are worthy to be praised.”–J. Hampton Keathley’s Commentary on Revelation

 “Even the enemies of Christ, wicked men and devils, will be obliged to own Christ to be Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.–John Gill’s Commentary

This is what the Lord said through Isaiah: “I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me EVERY KNEE will bow, EVERY TONGUE will swear allegiance”.— Isa. 45:23.

Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace To You broadcast says, “As Isaiah predicted, even the damned demons, including Satan, will have no choice but to agree with and confess in worship that Jesus Christ is Lord”.

The Book of Romans confirms what Isaiah said: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, EVERY KNEE shall bow to me, and EVERY TONGUE shall confess to God.”Rom 14:11

According to this verse, Satan himself will bow on his thorny, twisted knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!–Dr. Adrian Rogers

The Book of Philippians confirms it again by saying, “So that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that EVERY TONGUE will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Philippians 2:10-11

The very last verse in the Book of Psalms gives us this prophetic command, “Let EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH praise the Lord–Psalm 150:6

“What a moment that’s going to be: the tongues of evildoers will only be able to acknowledge and worship the Lord!”–Evangelist and Author David Wilkerson

It is interesting to note that the Prophet Isaiah, the Psalmist, the Apostle John, and the Apostle Paul all knew that Jesus would be worshiped in the end by the eternally condemned Satan and the demons. Certainly Jesus knew this. What did Jesus have to say about it? One day Satan and Jesus had a “sword fight” in the Wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11)

When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the Wilderness, we see that Jesus used the scriptures as a weapon. The scriptures say, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword”.

When Jesus quoted the scriptures to Satan, He wasn’t talking to Satan ABOUT the scriptures, as if they were an inanimate object. Instead, Jesus made the scriptures come alive into the present and USED them as a sword against Satan. There’s a big difference in talking about scripture, and using scripture. When Jesus said, “It is written”, He was drawing the sword out from its foundational sheath and original setting. Then when He actually SPOKE the scripture, it went from being a truth of centuries ago, into being an active living weapon of present truth and application!

For the first two temptations, Jesus uses the sword of truth defensively, while Satan goes on the offense.

Satan took the sword of temptation and lunged towards Jesus’ hungry stomach by telling Him to turn the stones to bread. Jesus used His sword to block him defensively by replying with a “shall not”. Jesus brought the truth from hundreds of years back to address His current needs and said, “It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” He blocked the temptation.

Satan then swung low towards Jesus’ feet, hoping maybe to bruise His heels at this moment by tempting Him to prove who He was by jumping down from a high place and let everyone see the Angels protect His feet. Jesus again responds defensively with a “shall not”. Jesus said, “It is written, YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.” Satan was blocked again.

DO YOU REALIZE THAT THIS SCRIPTURE IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTEXT DOES NOT APPLY TO SATAN AT ALL? What just happened? THIS IS SO VERY IMPORTANT! Two things happened that frankly blow my mind.

1). John Gill, a renowned 18th Century Baptist Theologian who mastered Greek and Latin by the age of 11, wrote in his commentary that Jesus took the original Hebrew verse in Deuteronomy 6:16 and altered it from plural to singular in both Luke 4:12 and Matthew 4:7.

“In the text in Deuteronomy the words are, “ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.” The second person plural, is here changed into the second person singular, to accommodate the words to Satan; whom Christ singly addresses”.–Gill’s Exposition Of The Entire Bible.

It’s true. Hebrew and Greek Lexicons verify that Jesus, who has the authority, altered the verse from plural to singular.

2) This command found in Deuteronomy 6:16 was originally written strictly to the Israelites alone. Deuteronomy 6:3 clarifies this: “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it”. This law in its original context did not apply to any nation, people, or entity outside of Israel, much less to Satan. As verified by Gill and others, Jesus was NOT applying this passage to Himself either; it was now being used in second person singular. If Jesus was just quoting scripture in context, the Devil would have said, “So what??? This is a command for Israel, it has no hold over me”. BUT Jesus, who was led by the Spirit, had the authority to take scripture out of its original context and apply it directly to the person in front of Him. THAT IS A FACT, and it changes the rest of the story dramatically. Do you understand? Do you see what is happening? Jesus changed the noun from plural to singular and he changed the application from Israel only to Satan. REMEMBER THIS, BECAUSE JESUS IS GOING TO CHANGE THE APPLICATION ON ANOTHER VERSE.

I also ask you to notice that Jesus is going to switch tactics. The first two temptations were met with “shall not” commands, which are defensive in nature. But the third offer from Satan was met with a “You shall” command which is offensive in nature. Let’s look at sword-fighting to understand what Jesus did.

When you are sword-fighting, defensive blocks are used to meet the current action of your opponent. Defensive parries and blocks do not move past your opponent’s action. Defensive blocks meet “in time” with the current action of your opponent. For example: If his sword is coming straight down from above and moving towards your head, you are not going to point your sword towards his feet! You will move your sword up to match his current action and block him.

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You meet him where he is now. But when you go on offense and successfully strike, you have to move past his current defense. You move ahead, forward, and you go beyond his current action. To strike successfully you cannot move in your opponent’s time, you have to “move ahead” of him. You don’t meet him “where he is at”, you go ahead of him. In a manner of speaking, you move forward “into his future”.

After the second temptation, Satan saw that his tactics were not working, so he held his sword out and offered an exchange of giving Christ the world if Christ would worship him.

For centuries we have been taught that Jesus did not go on the offensive during the third offer from Satan, but continued to react defensively. Some theologians have taught us that Jesus almost succumbed to bowing, but that He caught Himself at the last second and spoke the scripture to gird Himself from bowing. Others teach that Jesus was defensive and was simply instructing Satan the reason why He wasn’t going to bow. I believe the scripture shows all of this to be wrong.

I believe Jesus was mad and incensed by Satan’s third offer! He wasn’t going to be bullied. You can see the change in Jesus because He didn’t start with “It is written”. He went on the offensive and began telling Satan to get lost! You can clearly see that Jesus stopped using defensive “shall nots”. If Jesus wanted to remain defensive, He could have easily said, “It is written, thou shalt not have any Gods before me”, and they could have kept on dueling. Instead, Jesus saw an opening for a painful blow that would hurt and make Satan leave. So, Jesus switched tactics and used a “You shall” which is a forward offensive move.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.” (προσκυνήσεις is Greek for “You shall worship”. The NAS version of the Bible is the most accurate here)

So let’s get something clear right now. When Jesus said, “You shall”, Jesus wasn’t girding and instructing Himself. And Jesus wasn’t just being defensive and saying no to the Devil either. Jesus wasn’t swinging his sword into the air and speaking to all mankind. He didn’t say “they” or “we”. When Jesus said, “YOU”, he wasn’t re-addressing the Israelites as it was originally used. Instead, He said προσκυνήσεις which is Greek for “You shall worship” (second person singular in Greek), and he was looking at one person. He went on offense and swiftly moved forward, past the current action. Once again, Jesus quoted a command that in its original context had no meaning or application for Satan, but when Jesus spoke, it got pinned on Satan.

So what just happened was that Jesus held the tip of the sword of truth to the throat of Satan and spoke forward-in-time applying the word directly to the Devil saying, “YOU…shall worship the Lord YOUR God, and serve Him only”.Image result for satan will bow and worship god

He prophesied that it was the Devil’s destiny to be thoroughly defeated and to once again bow low and worship before God. This prophecy is unfolded in Revelation 5:13 where we see Satan (a created being) and all those “under the earth” offering blessing and glory and honor to the Lord.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'”–Matt. 4:10

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”–Rev. 5:13

Remember what I wrote earlier? It needs to be repeated, Jesus wasn’t simply quoting another ancient scripture. In its original context, this was another passage that was ONLY addressed to the Israelites and had no meaning or bearing for Satan. Jesus was the only Israelite there, and He wasn’t getting mad at Himself or talking to Himself. He was mad at the Devil, and He took the verse and applied it directly to him! If Jesus did not speak it prophetically, but just used it in its original context of applying to Israel, it would have no affect upon Satan. It was a prophetic threat of truth that put great fear in Satan’s heart! Satan will be sent to the Lake of Fire, but not before He is defeated both outside and…inside. Before this, Satan was more than happy to sit around and talk Jesus to death. Now he left! Continue reading

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What Is The First And Last Sign Of Being Filled With The Holy Spirit In The New Testament?

I don’t know if I have ever had anyone point this out to me. If I would have guessed, I would have been wrong. Why? Because the focus was usually on something else.

Let’s start by asking: Who was the first person in the New Testament scriptures to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Was it Elizabeth? Or was it her son, John the Baptist?

Concerning Elizabeth, Luke tells us, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”—Luke 1:41

BUT BEFORE THAT, look what happened! “…and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.”–Luke 1:15

So, before Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, it was prophesied that the baby in her womb would be filled with the Holy Spirit.

If you read the entire Luke 1 story, it sounds to me like Elizabeth and Baby John were filled simultaneously. However, closer inspection reveals that John had a narrow head-start since he leaped before she prophesied. The evidence of Elizabeth’s infilling with the Holy Spirit was prophesying. However, the evidence for Baby John’s infilling was Joy! It’s a pretty miraculous thing for an unborn baby to immediately recognize and react to being in the presence of the unborn Christ. What a miracle! Before Elizabeth prophesied, the baby leaped, and the first recorded evidence in the New Testament of being filled with the Spirit was unspeakable Joy! (For more on John, please read How Could John The Baptist Be Filled With The Spirit From Birth?)

As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.--Luke 1:44

Why is the verse above so significant to us today???? Watch this:

Unborn baby John COULD NOT SEE unborn baby Jesus; yet, something in baby John recognized Him and the reaction was sheer joy. Many years later Peter wrote a letter to scattered exiles WHO HAD NOT SEEN CHRIST. Although Peter is writing to exiles in 1 Peter 1:8, it easily parallels the experience of Baby John the Baptist:

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”

Wow. Today, we are like unborn John the Baptist. It is as if Luke 1:44 symbolizes us today. Like Baby John, we don’t see Him, but we love Him, believe Him, and are filled with inexpressible joy! Wow, wow, wow!!!

So, what was the LAST record of scripture stating that someone walked around filled with the Holy Spirit? Continue reading

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How Could John The Baptist Be Filled With The Spirit From Birth?

A few years ago when I originally wrote this post, I did not know what I know today. Back then I said that God bent his rules, just like he did concerning death with Enoch and Elijah, and that John’s infilling was an act of sovereignty apart from faith. But an awesome verse in 1 Peter changed everything for me…

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How could John the Baptist be filled with the Spirit before he was born?

Baby John didn’t just have the Spirit come upon him or nudge him. The scripture makes it clear that John would be FILLED with the Spirit while he was in the womb.

“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb”.–Luke 1:15

Several months later, we read the fulfillment of this prophecy:

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.–Luke 1:41

Elizabeth explains and clues us in on what caused the baby to leap and why the baby reacted this way.

But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon…

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The First Person To Be Filled With The Spirit

Who was the first person recorded in scripture to have the Spirit in them…not just upon them?

Was it Bezalel, the great craftsman? Or Was it Joseph, the ruler of Egypt? One of them is questionable, but the other is a certain and sure thing. Many theologians would tell us that it was neither. They say that in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit only “came upon” people temporarily. However, in these two cases, the scriptures paint a different picture. Continue reading

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When God Hurts Us: “Why Have You Treated Us Like This?”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was directly asked an emotionally charged question that echoes the hearts and sentiments of many who have suffered from senseless tragedies, painful loss, and crushing disappointment.

“WHY have YOU treated us like this???” 

Don’t gloss over this. Listen again and pay attention to the deep pain and bewilderment that Mary was suffering from in this moment.

“WHY…have YOU…treated us……like this???”

 

What happened, and what do the Greek words tell us about what Mary was really feeling? The story is found in Luke 2:41-52

After anxiously losing Jesus for three days and nights, His parents, Mary and Joseph were extremely upset. Can you imagine? Being a responsible child, they surely thought that his disappearance was the result of some unfortunate circumstance. When they discovered that He had stayed behind by His own choice, their emotions suddenly took a different turn.

When his parents found him, they were “astonished”. Astonished may not be the best translation to use here. The Greek says they were “thunderstruck with shock”. They had thought that something had happened to Him during those three days of frantic searching, but now they discover that it was HIS ACTIONS AND INACTIONS that had brought about all of this needless stress. They felt shocked and bewildered by His decision. They felt that their trust in Him had been broken. Jesus clearly admits His decision to remain, but He had not shown them the courtesy to discuss it with them, nor given them any indication about His decision. He didn’t even ask for their permission.

Now we can see more clearly that Mary was probably feeling a lot of pain and betrayal of trust when she says, “WHY have You treated us like this???”.

She goes on to say, “Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” Again, the words show they felt that something unfortunate had happened to Him. The Greek calls it “intense emotional torment”.

This was a time of extreme and bare emotion. Her choice of words are indicative of people who are trying to understand what could they have possibly done to deserve this kind of treatment, this result. They are words which express feelings of betrayal and bewilderment. They seem perplexed by this thought: How could the person who they believed He was, act in this uncharacteristic manner? What have we done, and how could the Christ child do this to us? If anyone knew better than to act in this wholly inconsiderate manner, certainly Christ did. How could You do such an incomprehensibly painful thing to us?

It goes even further. Understanding all of this, I can hear what Mary is really asking. When Mary asks, “Why have you treated us like this?”, I hear her asking, “Why are you punishing us like this? Why have you broken our trust? Why did you abandon us? Why have you made us feel so unloved? Why would Love do this to us? ”

Jesus loves me this I know…

Mary wasn’t feeling it right then.

Many of you have felt the same way towards God. Why have you treated us like this?

It was a legitimate question both then and now. God’s decisions, actions, and inactions can affect us very personally and sometimes painfully. That was the truth for Mary. Notice that Mary didn’t vaguely ask, “Why did this happen”? She knew WHO was responsible and so she had a direct confrontation with Him. This event also lends to the legitimacy and veracity of Scripture: Why would you write such a thing about the Son of God unless it really happened?

What happened next was very revealing. Many of us want answers to our personal tragedies in the hope that it will bring some comfort or at least a portion of understanding. Mary got her answer, Mary got the truth. But the answer from the mouth of the Son of God did not help them understand any better…“But they did not understand what he was saying to them”. It was not a satisfactory answer for them. Nothing was resolved. I’m sure they were relieved that He was safe, but they were left with a feeling that this didn’t have to happen in this manner, and they clearly expressed they felt overlooked and mistreated in this event. “But they did not understand what he was saying to them”. After this unresolved event, would they continue to trust Him to always act with their best interests in mind?

Let’s take a look at His answer to them. Continue reading

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Jesus Said, “Don’t Go To The Gentiles”

Jesus commanded his Jewish disciples not to preach to Gentiles or Samaritans!

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.– Matthew 10:5-6

That statement is in direct opposition to the Great Commission. What’s going on?

In addition, he made this exclusive statement: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”–Matthew 15:24

Some people really struggle with these ethnically exclusive statements and wonder if Jesus was exhibiting racism. Others look at these passages and ask if Jesus changed His mind. Commanding your disciples to stay away from the Gentiles, and then commanding them later to go to all the nations looks like someone who has changed plans. Did Jesus really mean it when he said these things? Jesus is not a liar, so let’s look at the facts and see if we can figure out what is going on. Continue reading

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