Thursday, March 31, 2011

David sent by His Father

We have already looked at David as a picture of Christ, but there is something that we missed that deserves our attention. In 1 Samuel 16 we find King Saul in deep distress, in fact he is in torment. The suggestion is made by some of his servants to find someone who is skillful playing the lyre to sooth the harmful spirit away from the king. Then we read that one particular servant points the King to David. He gives a detail description of David that draws the King’s heart to this young man. We have already seen that this description is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

But what we didn’t mention before was this unnamed servant reminds us of the ministry of the Holy Spirit today. When the Lord Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit He said that when He comes that the Holy Spirit “would testify of Me.” Then He said, “when the Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John15:26, 16:13-14). Saul’s unnamed servant point this discouraged and depressed king to the beauty of David and that is exactly what the Holy Spirit does in the heart of each one of us today. This servant said “Behold I have seen a son of Jesse.” The Holy Spirit say to each of us, "Behold the Son of God, look at His beauty, look at His greatness, look at all He has done for you!” The Holy Spirit is never seen in scripture as one who draws attention to Himself, He is always pointing the believer to the person and work of Christ. He makes much of Christ, as this servant did of David.

Then we see that Saul request this one that was describe to him and David’s father sends him. But notice that David’s father, Jesse doesn’t send him empty handed, he sends some refreshment with him. I’d like to look at what he sends, three things are mention and each has some lessons for us to see. First, we read that Jesse sent bread. Bread speaks of that which sustains and satisfies life. The Lord Jesus is called the Bread of Life (John 6:35). He is the only one that can truly satisfy the longing in every human heart. David also brought wine, and wine often speaks of joy. The Lord Jesus is the only one who can provide joy to it’s fullest (John15:11). The last thing David brought was a goat which speaks of strength. The apostle Paul reminds us that our strength comes from Christ Himself (Philippians 4:13).

So just as the servant pointed to David who brought from his father bread, wine and a goat, the Holy Spirit points us to the Lord Jesus who provides us from the Father substance and satisfaction, true joy and strength for each day.

We praise thee, our Father and God, for the Son that came down from the throne, for thy Spirit that Thou hast bestowed to tell us what Jesus hast done.

Praise for the Holy Spirit given, Our Teacher and our Guide, by whom from heaven’s unbounded store our every need’s supplied. The comforter, whose service is to glorify the Son, to take the treasure of His love and make them all our own.

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