The Advent of the Covenant upon King David, Part 2
When we investigate the scriptural history we find that David did not place his trust in popular opinion as represented by Saul (in that the people chose to have a king reign over them) nor did he place his trust in religious opinion (as represented by the fallen House of Eli and that of Abin’adab-Elea’zar).
No. David did not fear these rulers. David put his trust in God by trusting the wisdom of a man from the tribe of Ephraim, upon whom God had bestowed spiritual authority â€“ Samuel, whose mother Hannah, had prophesied:
â€œ… for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and on them He has set the world. He will guard the feet of His faithful ones; but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them He will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; He will give strength to His king, and exalt the power of His anointed.â€ 1st Samuel 2:8-10
From the wisdom of Samuel’s lips was David educated, learning the prophesy concerning the Messiah and choosing, of his own free will, to believe in the promises of God. Through that choice he developed steadfast faith. Thus in his 110th Psalm, David acknowledged that future Messiah as his Lord declaring:
â€œThe Lord God said to my Lord, sit at My right hand, till I put thy enemies under thy feet.â€ (see also Mark 12:36)
Furthermore, David had the Psalms set to music so that the prophesies would not be forgotten. Among them is the 22nd bearing the words â€œ… why hast Thou forsaken me?â€
This is the cry which, in 70 ad, went up from a million or more people of the tribes of Benjamin, Judah and Levi upon witnessing the destruction of the temple in the siege and subjugation of the city of Jerusalem by the Roman general Titus in response to their insurrection against the rule God had placed upon them.
This was all in accord with His Word and His warning such as that from Jesus’ mouth: â€œ â€¦ there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.â€ (Matthew 24:2)
Perhaps, when they witnessed that their temple and city were indisputably forsaken some of them remembered that, just 36 years before, Jesus â€“ whom their Sanhedrin had crucified â€“ cried out with his dying breath those same words: â€œO God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?â€
Perhaps they even called to mind other verses in that same Psalm. For instance:
Verse 16 â€œ … a company of
evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet …â€
Verse 17 â€œ â€¦ they stare and gloat over me …â€
Verse 18 â€œ â€¦ they divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.â€
All fulfilled at the hands of the unwitting and forgetful in 34 ad.
Then within less than 40 years the religious elites in Israel fell from power. Jesus prophesied it beforehand, â€œTruly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened.â€ (Matthew 24:34)