1 Chronicles 10
A history of David beginning with the death of Saul
1 Chronicles 10:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 10:2 And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 10:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.
This account adds some details to the account of 1 Samuel 31
10:4 Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 10:5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died.
10:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together. 10:7 And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
10:8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 10:9 And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people. 10:10 And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
10:11 And when all Jabeshgilead [Judah] heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 10:12 They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
Saul did as he thought right instead of living by every Word of God, and died for that sin.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia does the same thing and will also suffer correction through their enemies by the hand of God.
10:13 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; 10:14 And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
1 Chronicles 11
David ruled Judah only for first seven years, and then all of Israel was united. The following narrative begins when ALL Israel comes together in unity under David.
1 Chronicles 11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 11:2 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. 11:3 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.
Then David took Jerusalem by the command of God; for God had chosen Jerusalem to be HIS city.
11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
Joab took the city
11:6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief. 11:7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.
David, well known as a warrior was also a great builder
11:8 And he [David] built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 11:9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.
A list of the chief men of David
11:10 These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 11:11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.
11:12 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties. 11:13 He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 11:14 And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.
David had a large army even during the days of Saul, and refused to make insurrection against Saul instead helping Saul and Israel. One day three of thirty commanders met with David at Adullam, while the others were defending Israel from the Philistines.
11:15 Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 11:16 And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Bethlehem.
Three of David’s commanders broke through the Philistines and into their garrison at Bethlehem to bring David water. This is an example that we must break through sin to receive the gift of the water of the Holy Spirit.
11:17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate! 11:18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.
11:19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.
11:20 And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three [who brought the water]: for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three. 11:21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three.
11:22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
11:23 And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits [seven and a half feet] high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear. 11:24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three mighties. 11:25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
11:26 Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 11:27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 11:28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite, 11:29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 11:30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 11:31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 11:32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 11:33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
11:34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite, 11:35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, 11:36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 11:37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai, 11:38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri, 11:39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 11:40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 11:41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, 11:42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 11:43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 11:44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite, 11:45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 11:46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 11:47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.
Brethren, this is a list of valiant men of David and there were many other valiant men and women of the physical Mosaic Covenant which had no spiritual promises.
We have been called to a spiritual New Covenant and we must strive with all our strength to become valiant [zealous] men and women for our Mighty God and his Word.
As they fought against flesh and blood, we are to fight against wickedness. Today our fight is against spiritual lethargy, the desire for our own ways, pride and self-will; and against following our idols of men and past errors thereby becoming distracted from any zeal to live by every Word of God.
The duty of every person is to serve God and mankind for the advantage of our families and the brotherhood, so that they may attain to godly holiness and become a fit part of the collective bride of Christ.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Seek spiritual strength from God and God’s Spirit, to give us victory in the good fight against Satan and sin.
Remember as you see the Ekklesia apostatizing, that apostates and persecutors have been misled by the devil into thinking that they are doing good; and if any attack you, your fight is not really with them, but with Satan the great deceiver.
6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our persecutors are not really those people who are abusing us. They are the spiritual forces that are influencing such people and inspiring them to do such things that are the true source of all our trials.
When we are being persecuted we are to stand firm on the whole Word of God throughout all our trials. Then we will stand in the resurrection before the throne of God (Rev 15).
God’s Word is truth (John 17:17) and we are to clothe ourselves with righteousness; which is the zealous keeping of the truth, the whole Word of God!
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Having our feet shod with the gospel of peace refers to being at peace with God and refers to our walk [life] in the gospel of salvation. The Gospel of Peace is salvation by sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ justifying us; and then to live our lives by every Word of God and live at peace with God the Father always.
6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The Gospel is the good news of the way to reconciliation and peace with GOD the FATHER!
The Gospel is about sincere repentance, a commitment to sin no more and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, reconciling us with God the Father; and it is about unity with God by continuing in that relationship, through a diligent rejection of sin [which sin separates us from God] and a passionate uncompromising keeping of the whole Word and Will of God! This is the foundation of peace and unity between man and God and true unity among like-minded people!
If we are faithful to live by every Word of God, we will know and trust and believe in God and we will obey God our Father in heaven.
God will defend us and take care of us with his great power and if he allows us to suffer for a time it is so that we might learn something important, and he will raise us up on that day and change us to spirit and we shall never taste of death again.
6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, [pray with a whole heart, with all our heart and spirit, with intensity] and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Take the helmet of salvation and valiantly wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the truth of the whole Word of God. God’s Spirit gives us understanding of the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures: And, the Holy Scriptures are the sword of truth with which we fight sin.
We are to fight sin and evil with the sword of truth and not with bloodshed.
Only that which is evil needs to fear the sharp two edged sword of the LIGHT of Truth! For the Light of Truth exposes the wicked things hidden in darkness; and the sharp two edged sword of God’s Word destroys all that is evil from before him.
The workers of evil deeds try to hide in darkness and obscurity and they HATE being exposed by the light of truth!
The truly godly will welcome the Light of the Truth; for they are the children of the Light: While the wicked will hate the Light of the Truth for it exposes their sin.