Who is this beauty ofIsrael? Of whom were these words spoken? Do you know? Is it Jesus? Is it David? Is it Moses? Is it a prophet or a righteous king?
We go to the Book of 1 Samuel 18:11
“And Saul cast the javelin; for he said I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.”
1 Samuel 18:25
“… But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.”
1 Samuel 18:29
“And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.”
The ruler of the nation, King Saul, turned the entire nation against a 17 year old boy and chased and hunted him for 13 years and David had done NOTHING WRONG.
1 Samuel 19:1
“And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.”
1 Samuel 19:10,11
“And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin;… Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay himin the morning …”
1 Samuel 19:15
“And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him”
On and on we read of Saul conspiring to kill David, even feeling at one point that “God had delivered him into mine hand.” (chap. 23:7)
There was a day when David had been anointed to be the next king by Samuel the prophet. He was heaven’s choice, God signifying him as a man after God’s own heart. And what is God’s own heart? What was it about David that radiated the nature of God back to Himself?
Maybe it was this that we read in 2 Samuel 1:17-27. The scene is when David is told the news that King Saul was dead and it is here that we see the true nature of the man after God’s own heart and maybe the reason his throne is perpetuated to this day.
“And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.”
What kind of reaction is this? And then he says these words… “the beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places …” David calls the man who sought to kill him, the king, the leader of a nation, the man who wielded the authority to defame and turn a nation against him, strip him of any value and identity, deprive him of 13 years of what could have been… he calls this man, “the BEAUTY OF ISRAEL“.
A deceived king who sought out a witch, who rebelled against God, who disobeyed and who tried to kill God’s anointed, David called him, “THE BEAUTY of ISRAEL“.
Then he says in verse 23, “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives…”
DID YOU LEARN TO LOVE?
A highly respected man of God had an experience with God where he was before a scene in heaven where those that had died as believers came one by one before the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each one was asked one question and one question only. “Did you learn to love?”
Maybe we need to reevaluate our lives and look at our 13 years so to speak and see if it has produced the character that allowed a David to call one who was bent on his hurt and death, who caused pain, stress, and confusion, who said things and did things that were unfair to him, religious abuse and disrespect of the highest kind and be able to genuinely weep and react in love and honor and value.
In an hour where there will mysteries understood and truth and revelation poured out upon people’s lives…in an season where exploits of faith will bring the realities of heaven crashing into this world, at a time when signs, wonders and miracles will break out throughout the world and ALL of these are necessary and facets of His nature and He longs for this, He truly does.
But Jesus said that God is love and abides in hearts that desire to make LOVING preeminent and the foundation of all the above and the culture of the kingdom is the character of the King.
Now is the time to complete the process of seeing all the Sauls in our lives the way David did, every brother and sister, every leader and everyone who has harmed us in any way as simply the “beauty ofIsrael”. This is what God is attracted to and more than a lot of other things and more than anything, the gateway to fulfillment of dreams and visions, callings and purposes, for it is the true purpose fulfilled within itself.
“Have we learned to love”?