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Ministry Reflection - June 17, 2009

A Man after God’s Own Heart: 1 Samuel 13:14

When God established the kingdom of His church in the house of David, He was also establishing the kingdom of Christ. He was planting the root from which the Branch of righteousness would later spring up. “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist. And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them” (Isa. 11:1-6). “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, “The LORD our righteousness”’” (Jer. 23:5-6; cf. 33:14-16).

Christ says of Himself, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star’” (Rev. 22:16).

And the fact that David was Jesse’s youngest son, who took the place of Saul, shows us how Christ would come from the humblest beginnings and yet take the rule from the greatest kings of the earth. Saul was the kind of king the people wanted, “Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish . . . He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people” (1 Sam. 9:1-2). David was not quite so tall, but he was handsome. But more importantly, he had a godly character, “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” (1 Sam. 13:14). This isn’t the first time the Lord has favored the youngest in the family. He chose Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, Perez over Zerah. Even Samuel was surprised when the Lord chose David over his older and more distinguished brothers, “When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him.’ But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’” (1 Sam. 16:6-7). Jesse’s house was small in Israel, and David was the least in his house, but his heart was right before God. He found in him the kind of character that He could use to represent His Son.

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