March 2018

The Word: Episode 0404 John 3:22-28

“But A Step Between Me and Death”

March 19, 2018

“But A Step Between Me and Death”

Blessings folk!

Saul pursued David.
The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Saul.
Saul prophesied.
He prophesied before Samuel.
All day.
All night.
Totally naked.

What happens next?

David flees.
He runs to Jonathan.
David wanted to know what was happening.
He wanted to know why.

Read carefully.
Much here…

1Sa 20:1-2

Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?”

He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”

David wanted to know…

  • What have I done?
  • What is my iniquity?
  • What is my sin before Saul?
  • Why is Saul seeking my life?

Jonathan did not believe.
He sought to comfort David by telling him that he would not die.
He told David that his father, Saul, did nothing without telling him.
Yet, Jonathan did not know.

Saul had sought to spear David.
Saul had sent messengers to bring David back, presumably to harm.

David was concerned.
Jonathan was clueless.

David then said…

1Sa 20:3

Yet David vowed again, saying,
“Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said,
‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’
But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives,
there is hardly a step between me and death.”

David was correct.
Jonathan began to see it was possible.

David was in trouble.
Death was near.

They developed a plan…as we will see…

The Word: Episode 0403 John 3:14-22

“Stripped: All Night, All Day”

March 18, 2018

“Stripped: All Night, All Day”

Blessings folk!

Saul had enough.

Three sets of messengers had been sent to fetch (capture?!) David.
Every group broke out in prophetic utterance when the Spirit of the Lord came upon them.
And David was still free.


1Sa 19:22-24

Then he himself went to Ramah and came as far as the large well that is in Secu;
and he asked and said, “Where are Samuel and David?”
And someone said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”

He proceeded there to Naioth in Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also,
so that he went along prophesying continually until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

He also stripped off his clothes,
and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Saul decided to go himself.
As he approached Naioth of Ramahj the Spirit of God came upon him.

Saul broke forth in prophecy!

He stripped off his clothes.
He prophesied before Samuel.
He laid naked all that day and night.

Many comment on “naked” stating that it refers to outer clothing.
The same Word is used of…

  • Adam and Eve…

Gen 2:25
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Definitely no clothes

  • Isaiah…

Isa 20:2
at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying,
“Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.”
And he did so, going naked and barefoot.

Without clothing again.

So, I think Saul was without clothing.
The ultimate exposure before the Lord and man.
A humbling before creation.

A saying among the people arose, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

What was the Lord doing?
Did this “impact” Saul?



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The Word: Episode 0402 John 3:9-15

“They Also Prophesied”

March 17, 2018

“They Also Prophesied”

Blessings folk!

David is fleeing from Saul.
Saul is pursing…at least sending his people.

Watch where David goes.
Give close attention to what happens…

1Sa 19:18-21

Now David fled and escaped and came to Samuel at Ramah,
and told him all that Saul had done to him.
And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

It was told Saul, saying, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.”

Then Saul sent messengers to take David,
but when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying,
with Samuel standing and presiding over them,
the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied.

When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied.
So Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.

David sought the counsel and comfort of Samuel.

Samuel had anointed David as king.
Samuel knew the Lord was with/upon David.

Ramah was Samuel’s hometown.
It was now his “administrative center”.
It was at Ramah that Israel demanded a king.
Ramah is some five miles north of Jerusalem.
Ramah means “height”.

“Naioth” means “habitations”.
It was the dwelling place of prophets.

You saw what happened.

Saul sent messengers to take David.
But something happened.

The messengers saw the company of prophets prophesying.
Samuel was standing and presiding over them.

Exactly what is this?

“Prophesy” in this case means to “speak by inspiration, to predict”.

We see more in the balance of the sentence.

The Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul and they also prophesied.

How can this be?

Because the Lord can do what He desires.

He can speak through Balaam’s ass.

Num 22:28
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam,
What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

He can speak through messengers from Saul that had evil intent.

Three separate groups of messengers were sent by Saul.
Saul was informed on the outcome of each group.
They were all overcome by the Spirit of the Lord and prophesied.

The Lord will send His Spirit to do as He desires.
Resist not.

…to be continued…

The Word: Episode 0401 John 3:1-11

“Household Idol”

March 16, 2018

“Household Idol”

Blessings folk!

Saul sent messengers to keep an eye on David’s house.
David had fled after Saul tried to spear him again.
David was now laying low.
Saul wanted him captured.
Saul wanted him dead.

1Sa 19:11-17

Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him,
in order to put him to death in the morning.
But Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying,
“If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.”

So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.

Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed,
and put a quilt of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.

When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Then Saul sent messengers to see David, saying,
“Bring him up to me on his bed, that I may put him to death.”

When the messengers entered, behold,
the household idol was on the bed with the quilt of goats’ hair at its head.

So Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go,
so that he has escaped?” And Michal said to Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go!
Why should I put you to death?’”

Saul’s daughter…David’s wife…Michal told David what was happening.
She urged him to flee.
He did.

She placed “the household idol” in the bed to feign a sick David.

“The household idol”? What was that?
It is believed that “this word refers to a kind of idols or objects of worship whose ownership was possibly tied to inheritance rights” - Zodhiates.

It must have been fairly large.

The ruse gave David time to distance himself from the king.

When Saul discovered what had occurred he was angry.
He considered Michal’s act to be deceptive, to be in league with David, to be against him, her father, King Saul.

Michal’s response.
She “threw David under the bus”.
She said that he threatened her if she did not let him go.
Certainly she said what she thought was needed to survive.

Etc. etc.

All the norm in the life of one that the Lord has left…

The Word: Episode 0400 John 3:1-3

“Saul Spear-chucking Again…”

March 15, 2018

“Saul Spear-chucking Again…”

Blessings folk!

Saul, David and Jonathan are together again.


1Sa 19:7-19a
Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words.
And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.

When there was war again, David went out and fought with the Philistines and defeated them with great slaughter, so that they fled before him.

Now there was an evil spirit from the LORD on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand.

Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear,
but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence,
so that he stuck the spear into the wall.
And David fled and escaped that night.

Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him,
in order to put him to death in the morning…

Saul had tried to “spear” David before…twice.

1Sa 18:11
Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.”
But David escaped from his presence twice.

Saul had tried to have David killed before…but he stopped and said he would not do it again.

1Sa 19:6
Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul vowed,
“As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death.”

And now he tries again.

Well, he dreaded David.
He feared David.
He was jealous of David’s military victories…he had another one in this account.

But, the big reason…
The Lord had left Saul.

It is likely that Saul really wanted to not do harm.
He would state so in the flesh.
He would seek to do so in the flesh.
But, when an evil spirit came upon him, he chose the way of evil.

Saul threw the spear, so hard that it stuck into the wall.

David fled and escaped that night.

Saul sent messengers to spy/find David so as to have him killed.

We might think that we can control the flesh, but when evil comes upon us in the flesh, we will do evil things.

The Lord had left Saul.
This is the fruit thereof.

The Lord was with David.
Evil will always seek to extinguish the move/presence of the Lord.

The Word: Episode 0399 John 2:22-25

“Why Then Will You Sin…?”

March 14, 2018

“Why Then Will You Sin…?”

Blessings folk!

Saul commanded Jonathan and his servants to kill David.

Jonathan’s response?

1Sa 19:1-7

Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death.
But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David.

So Jonathan told David saying, “Saul my father is seeking to put you to death.
Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.

“I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are,
and I will speak with my father about you; if I find out anything, then I will tell you.”

Then Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him,
“Do not let the king sin against his servant David, since he has not sinned against you,
and since his deeds have been very beneficial to you.

“For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine,
and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced.
Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?”

Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul vowed,
“As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death.”

Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words.
And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.


I thought we were to honor the king.
I thought we were to obey all laws, rules, regulations, etc.

This is what many believe.
This is what many are taught.

Such is not true.
In the Old Covenant.
In the New Covenant.

Jonathan did not immediately do what Saul said because Jonathan knew it was wrong.

He told David.
He warned David to be careful…to be on guard…to hide himself until an attempt was made to dissuade Saul.

Jonathan did exactly that.

Jonathan spoke well of David before Saul…to see the response.
He implored his father to not do this sin.
Then he recounted what David had done for king and country.

Had not sinned against them.
Beneficial deeds.
Offered his life before Goliath.
Was the vessel of the Lord’s deliverance of Israel (this reminder rubbed on Saul&hellipWinking

Saul listened.
Saul vowed.
He would not but David to death…”as the Lord lives”.
He meant it.
For the moment…

David was restored to Saul.
David was in the king’s presence as before.

All is well…yet…

The Lord was not with Saul.
The Lord was with David.

More conflict was to come…

John Part 1 - Lesson 9

John Part 1 - Lesson 9

The Word: Episode 0398 John 2:11-21

“Put David to Death”

March 13, 2018

“Put David to Death”

Blessings folk!

Saul dreaded David.
Saul feared David.
So much so, that Saul was willing to use his own daughter, Michal, to entrap and destroy David.

David continued to behave wisely.
More so than all the servants of Saul.
His name was growing in esteem.

1Sa 18:30

Then the commanders of the Philistines went out to battle,
and it happened as often as they went out,
that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul.
So his name was highly esteemed.

This made matters worse.
So much so, Saul now decided to “jump the shark”…

1Sa 19:1

Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death.
But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David.

Remember, Saul’s servants loved and admired David.
Jonathan loved David with all is heart.
Jonathan and literally abdicated his throne in deference to David.
He greatly delighted in David.
Saul did not know this…yet…?

Now Saul told…ordered…commanded…Jonathan and all his servants (Saul’s servants? Jonathan’s servants?) to kill David.

No beating around the bush here.
All pretense is gone.
The time of subtlety and nuance had past.

Saul wanted David dead.

We see how “tone deaf” Saul was.

He did not know his servants love and respect for David?
He did not know is son’s love for David?

I think he did.

I think he was throwing the gauntlet down.
They were being put in a position of revealing “whose side they were on.”

This is what man without the spirit of the Lord does.
This is what religionists do.

Be not like them.
Be as the Lord.

The Word: Episode 0397 John 2:1-11


March 12, 2018


Blessings folk!

Saul had sent his servants to David to encourage him to marry Saul’s daughter.

David was resistant because he was poor and of low esteem.

The servants returned to Saul…

1Sa 18:24
The servants of Saul reported to him according to these words which David spoke.

Saul brought forth a plan.
A plan that would enable David to “earn” status…and resources…
A plan that Saul hoped would result in his goal - the fall of David.

1Sa 18:25
Saul then said, “Thus you shall say to David,
‘The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines,
to take vengeance on the king’s enemies.’”
Now Saul planned to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

Saul simply wanted a dowry of a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.
They Philistines would not give these up without a fight. Happy

Saul presented it as taking vengeance on the king’s enemies.
We know there was more to it.

So, what did David do?

1Sa 18:26-27
When his servants told David these words,
it pleased David to become the king’s son-in-law. Before the days had expired

David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.

It pleased David to become son-in-law.
He had a means now.

David immediately went with his men and retrieved 200 foreskins.
Yes, double the amount requested.

Saul gave David MIchal as wife.
All is well, no?

Look at how Saul reacted…

1Sa 18:28-29
When Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal,
Saul’s daughter, loved him,

then Saul was even more afraid of David. Thus Saul was David’s enemy continually.

Saul saw the Lord was with David.
Saul knew the Lord was with David.
Saul saw/knew his daughter loved David.

Saul then became even more afraid…remember he was already fear-filled.

The result.
Saul was David’s enemy continually.

Thus is the way of the ruler without the Lord.
Thus is the way of the religionist without the Lord and His Spirit.

Be not as Saul.

The Word: Episode 0396 John 1:39-51

“A Trivial Matter…”

March 11, 2018

“A Trivial Matter…”

Blessings folk!

Saul is plotting.
He had to.
The Lord had left him.

The Lord was with David.

The story continues…

1Sa 18:20-23

Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David.
When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him.

Saul thought,
“I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him,
and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.”
Therefore Saul said to David, “For a second time you may be my son-in-law today.”

Then Saul commanded his servants, “Speak to David secretly, saying, ‘Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore, become the king’s son-in-law.’”

So Saul’s servants spoke these words to David.
But David said, “Is it trivial in your sight to become the king’s son-in-law,
since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?”

Saul saw a second chance to entrap David.
Sadly, Saul knew that Michal would be a trap to David.
What a lovely girl…

But, wait there is more.
Saul knew that the hand of the Philistines would be against David.
This is what Saul wanted.

Saul instructed his servants to speak well of the situation.
To tell David the king delights in you…though he really dreaded David…
To tell David that all the king’s servants loved him…which apparently they did…
To urge David to become the king’s son-in-law.

Still, David resisted.
He considered the servants to be trivial in their assessment.

He knew the “son-in-law” was not a trivial matter.
He knew he was poor.
He knew he was lightly esteemed…no position, no status.
He knew he could not “afford” it.

We, like David, look too much at the natural.
Will the Lord provide a way?

The Word: Episode 0395 John 1:39-50

“Let the Hand of the Philistines”

March 10, 2018

“Let the Hand of the Philistines”

Blessings folk!

Raving by evil spirits.
Hurling spears.
Full of fear.
Full of dread of David.

The horror of life separated from the Lord!

What was Saul to do with David?
The people loved David.
Saul’s servants loved David.


1Sa 18:17-19

Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab;
I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the LORD’S battles.”
For Saul thought, “My hand shall not be against him,
but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

But David said to Saul,
“Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel,
that I should be the king’s son-in-law?”

So it came about at the time when Merab,
Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David,
that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife.


Saul did not care.

He would use his daughter.

He wanted rid of David.

He would give his daughter.

Saul was to give this daughter to whomever defeated Goliath.
He had yet to do so.
He would then send David to fight the Philistines with the hope that the Philistines would do David in.

But, Saul had not counted on the humility of David.
David was hesitant to be the king’s son-in-law.
“Who was he? Who was his family?” He stated.

Was David sincere in his demurring and self-deprecation?


Was he being shrewd?

More likely.

The game continued.

When it was time to give Merab to David, she was given to another.

Merab, meaning “increase”, will appear again later…sadly…

Saul’s sins would continue to bear fruit upon his family…and Israel.

Power play.

Nothing is new.

“Leadership” does likewise today, often “in the name of the Lord”.

The Word: Episode 0394 John 1:34-39

“Prospering: For the Lord Was With Him”

March 9, 2018

“Prospering: For the Lord Was With Him”

Blessings folk!

Saul now viewed David with suspicion.

Saul had a problem.

David prospered in battle and leadership.
David was loved by the people and Saul’s servants.
David was the musician that calmed Saul when the evil spirits came.

Watch what happens.
Things intensify!

1Sa 18:10-16

Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul,
and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand,
as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.

Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.”
But David escaped from his presence twice.

Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD was with him.

When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him.

But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.

The next day…precise account.
An evil spirit from God…note how God is over all…comes mightily upon Saul.
Apparently especially bad.

Saul raved.
David played…as usual.

Saul decided to end David by pinning him to a wall with a spear.
David escaped, twice.

David knew that he was anointed King.
David knew that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him.

Saul knew that the Spirit had left him.

Note what Saul did..

  • Raved
  • Hurled
  • Feared
  • Removed (David from his presence&hellipWinking
  • Dreaded (When he saw David prospering greatly)

Know this.
We have some spirit.
If not the Holy Spirit, then something unholy.

The Lord was with David.
The Lord had left Saul

Saul dismissed David.
He dismissed to the people.
David went out and came in before the people.
This is mentioned twice.
David was with the people.
David was “of” the people.
Such is good leadership.
Anything else is fraudulent…far too much of this is in the professing body of Christ today.

One more thing.
Musicians in the Kingdom are Warriors.
There are things that occur within the unseen realm in which worship is a major proponent of battle.

Rest in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord.
Fear not man.
Be with the people of the Lord.

The Word: Episode 0393 John 1:28-34

“Thousands Slain. Suspicion Revealed”

March 8, 2018

“Thousands Slain. Suspicion Revealed”

Blessings folk!

David prospered In all that Saul sent him to do.
David was placed over the military.
It was a pleasing sight to all the people.
It was a pleasing sight to the servants of Saul.

What could go wrong?

1Sa 18:5-9

So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered;
and Saul set him over the men of war.
And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine,
that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul,
with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.

The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”

Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said,
“They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands.
Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”

Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

Little explanation is needed.
Saul was enraged with jealousy.
He was displeased.
The people liked David better than him.
The people knew that David was bold before Goliath.
The people knew that Saul as not.

The women’s cute little ditty spoke truth.
Saul had slain thousands.
David ten thousands.

The people did not know…
Saul did not know…
David had already been anointed king.

The Spirit of the Lord had left Saul.
The Spirit of the Lord was upon David.

We see the same type of thing today.

The Religionists are angry.
They are resentful.
They are suspicious of those filled with the Spirit of the Lord.

The Religionists, in the way of Saul, are filled with fear.
The Spirit-filled, in the way of David, rest in the Lord and do His biding.

The Word: Episode 0392 John 1:15-28

“David Prospered”

March 7, 2018

“David Prospered”

Blessings folk!

David killed the giant Goliath.
The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David.
David now resided in the house of King Saul.
Jonathan had stripped himself of the position of “king-in-waiting”.

Watch how things progressed.

1Sa 18:5

So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered;
and Saul set him over the men of war.
And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Saul began to “send David out”.
Apparently in military endeavors.
Wherever Saul sent David, David prospered.

Saul then set David over the men of war.
He was the military leader.

The people were pleased
The servants of Saul were pleased.

All is well…for awhile.

David was “raised up” by the hand of the Lord.
It was the Lord and His timing.

We should wait for such.
We should live knowing that it is the Lord Who raises up and brings down.

Allow Him to exalt.
Allow Him to debase.

John Part 1 - Lesson 8

John Part 1 - Lesson 8

The Word: Episode 0391 John 1:1-14

“Stripped and Trusting”

March 6, 2018

“Stripped and Trusting”

Blessings folk!

Let us spend another moment on what Jonathan did.

He made covenant with David.

This is far more than a contractional agreement.

This is life-altering.

1Sa 18:3-4

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David,
with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt.

Remember, Jonathan was King-in-waiting.
He was the Prince.

Yet, when he stripped himself, he did so as an act of humility and an act acknowledging that David would be the King.

David had already been anointed as King.
(Did Jonathan know? Likely not yet.)

The robe was a sign of the Kingdom of Israel.
He transferred reign to David.

There is something else here also.

Jonathan was acknowledging what Samuel had stated.
Saul’s kingdom would not have a continued dynasty.

1Sa 13:13-14
Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

“But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”

Jonathan knew that David was the man.
Jonathan knew that he was not.

Jonathan set aside all status and protection due the king and his lineage.
No armor,
No sword.
No bow.
No belt.

All he gave to David.
He now rested in David.
He now trusted David.

What does this have to do with us…Believers?

We do the same when we come to the Lord.
We bring all we “think we have” and lay before Him.
We acknowledge that He is King. He is Lord.

Through the Lord, we strip ourselves of ourselves.

Thereby, we are empowered to die to self and abide in Him!

The Word: Episode 0390 John 1:11-13

“Jonathan Stripped Himself”

March 5, 2018

“Jonathan Stripped Himself”

Blessings folk!

Saul took David into his house.

It is asked, “had David not been there already?”

Apparently, David “came and went” as needed to play music for the king when an evil spirit come upon Saul.

Saul likely never saw David, thus the reason that he did not know him nor his family.
(The musician would have been placed out of sight)

Now, watch what happens next…

1Sa 18:3-4

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David,
with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt.

Though often just read through…
Though often glanced over…
This is extremely significant.

Jonathan (who was some 30 years older than David) was transferring his kingship to David.

The accruements of the king-in-waiting were significant.
The Robe.
The Armor.
The Sword.
The Bow.
The Belt.

All were given to David by Jonathan.

Jonathan stripped himself…
Of his position.
Of his power.
Of his protection
Of the glory of man.

He literally placed his life in David’s hands.

Had Jonathan heard that David had been anointed king?
We are not told.
Probably not.

Did he know that David would be king and he would not?

Did this “bother” Jonathan?

Jonathan “made a covenant” with David.
Jonathan initiated.
Jonathan loved David as himself.

All this points to the fact that Jonathan knew what was occurring.

Apparently the Lord revealed.

I suspect that it occurred by the Lord being the one who brought their spirits together.

What does this say to us?

Are we open to such a move of the Spirit in our lives?
Do we rejoice when others are exalted by the Lord?
Do we walk in humility with one another?
Do we trust one another?
Do we love one another?

We must love one another.
The Lord has repeatedly commanded it.
Not a love of duty in the flesh.
A love of Oneness in the Spirit.

Jonathan and David had such a love for one another.

The Word: Episode 0389 John 1:4-11


March 4, 2018


Blessings folk!

Abner brought David to Saul.
David appeared with Goliaths head.
A bold declaration of victory, of boldness, of the move of the Lord.

Now, watch what happens…

1Sa 18:1-2

Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul,
that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.

Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house.

Well that is unexpected.

“The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David”.

What does that mean?

This is interesting.

We know that Jonathan was a man of courage, a man of faith.
Remember his actions?

He saw a “kindred spirit” in David.

Both trust God.
Both moved boldly in God.
Both were men of war and valor.

It is even more interesting when we consider the chronology of the Word.
Jonathan was some thirty years older than David.

We see the beginning of something else.

The beginning of Jonathan abdicating his throne.
Jonathan would be the next king.
He was Saul’s son.

But, Saul took David into his house, apparently at Jonathan’s behest.

It is not surprising that this passage is perverted by some.

It is used by homosexuals to justify their sin.
They say Jonathan and David had a sexual relationship.

They did not.

The Hebrew word for “love” - ‘aheb - is never used of homosexual love.
The Hebrew word used for homosexual relations is “yada” - means “to know”.
(Also used by Seinfeld characters “yada, yada, yada”.)

So, Jonathan and David had a kindred spirit that knit them together.
We will see this develop…

Be not surprised at the unexpected relationships the Lord might bring in our lives.

The Word: Episode 0388 John 1:1-3

“Head In Hand”

March 3, 2018

“Head In Hand”

Blessings folk!

David was victorious over Goliath.
Because of this, Israel arose and was victorious over the Philistines.

David kept a couple of things…
  • Goliath’s weapons
  • Goliath’s head

Gruesome and gory, yet apparently with purpose.

1Sa 17:54-58
Then David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem,
but he put his weapons in his tent.

Now when Saul saw David going out against the Philistine,
he said to Abner the commander of the army,
“Abner, whose son is this young man?”
And Abner said, “By your life, O king, I do not know.”

The king said, “You inquire whose son the youth is.”

So when David returned from killing the Philistine,
Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the Philistine’s head in his hand.

Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?”
And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”

Saul nor Abner knew who David was.
They knew not his family.

They soon would.

After the victory, Abner brought David before King Saul…with the Philistine’s head in his hand!

Some way to approach the king!

Evidence of victory.
Also, subtle evidence that Saul had not been the one to lead in victory.
Saul had cowered in the fear of man.
David had rushed to the enemy in the power of the name of the Lord.

But wait!

Yes, Saul was “king”.
Yet, David had already been anointed king.

David knew who the Lord was/is.
David knew who he was in the Lord.
David knew his time was coming.
Watch this thread-of-a-thought throughout the balance of the account of David’s life.

He awaited the timing of God.
He sought to live in the power of the Lord…
Though not perfectly…

The Word: Episode 0387 John 20:30-31

“One Man”

March 2, 2018

“One Man”

Blessings folk!

Saul had drawn a line.
Saul established a defensive perimeter and stance.
Saul, Israel and the Philistines were at a stalemate.
The Philistines were winning the “psychological” war.
Israel was frozen in daily fear at the sound and sight of the giant.

David had just declared that the Lord would give the victory to him.

Here we go!

1Sa 17:48-54

Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David,
that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it,
and struck the Philistine on his forehead.
And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.

Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone,
and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.

Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

The men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines as far as the valley, and to the gates of Ekron.
And the slain Philistines lay along the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath and Ekron.

The sons of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines and plundered their camps.

Then David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem,
but he put his weapons in his tent.

One man…

  • In the name of the Lord
  • By the power of the Lord
  • In obedience to the Lord
  • By faith in the Lord

One man ran toward the giant…not away, not parallel.
Toward the battle line!
One man defeated the giant.

One man with the equipment, supplies, etc. that the Lord had granted.
One man trained and tempered by the experiences of life.
One man who believed God rather than the situation or the voice of man.

It happened as the Lord had declared through David.

The giant was brought down without sword.

What did the enemy do?

What did Israel do?
Pursued the Philistines.
Killed the enemy.
Plundered the enemy.

All because one man believed the Lord.
All because one man was faithful.

Be that man!

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“I Will…In the Name of the Lord”

March 1, 2018

“I Will…In the Name of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

Give close heed.

Yesterday we saw the first portion of David’s declaration to Goliath.
Now, read the rest.

 1Sa 17:45-47
Then David said to the Philistine,
“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin,
but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.

“This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands,
and I will strike you down and remove your head from you.
And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,

and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear;
for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”

A declaration of faith!
A declaration of fact.
The fact?
He was coming in the name of the Lord of hosts.

David speaks what is about to occur.
This day…!

  • The Lord will deliver you into my hands
  • I will strike you down
  • I will remove your head from you
  • I will give the dead bodies of your army of the Philistines…
    • To the birds of the sky
    • To the wild beasts of the earth

The purpose?
  • The earth will know that there is a God in Israel
  • All this assembly will know…
    • The Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear
    • The battle is the Lord’s
    • He will give the enemy into our hands

It is not by the might of man.
It is not by the power of man.
It is by the Spirit of the Lord.

Giants are dispatched in the name of the Lord.
The Lord uses those who believe.

Most of what we do as believers are works of the flesh.

Let us change.
Let us do it the Lord’s way.

In the name of the Lord.
By the power of the Lord.

Zec 4:6
Then he said to me,
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying,
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts.

Allow the Spirit.
Quench not the Spirit.