Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Life of David and Joseph (Pages 287-290)
David was Israel’s greatest king, described in 1 Samuel 16 through 1 Kings 2:11 (1 Chron. 11-29), plus many of the Psalms, he ranks with Moses as one of the most commanding figures in the Old Testament!
David was born in 1040 B.C. (2 Sam. 5:4) and developed in strength, courage, and attractiveness while caring for his father’s sheep. When God rejected Saul, the Prophet Samuel sought out David and secretly anointed him as Israel’s next king, and all of the youth became filled with God’s Spirit. Saul, meanwhile, summoned David to periodic appearances at court to soothe his own demon-possessed mind by skillful harp-playing. While in his teens, David gained national recognition and the friendship of Saul’s son, Jonathan, through his faith-inspired victory over the growing jealousy and four insidious attempts at David’s life. At length, urged on by David’s rivals, Saul openly sought his destruction, and though frustrated by Samuel and the priests at Nob, he did succeed in driving David into a life of outlawry.
On a couple different occasions Saul attempted to seize David: when fellow-Judeans from Ziph betrayed his presence and after his deliverance of Keilah at the cave of En-gedi by the Dead Sea where Saul was caught in his own trap.
David faced extreme envy and persecution by Saul at an early age. He faced a very angry man who was jealous of his strength and spiritual gifts given to him by God. He was one of the most courageous warriors written about in the Bible. By putting his full trust in God, he was rewarded with heavenly gifts from God. He faced many battles, but in the end he was full of wisdom and truth, which carried him through his entire life. He knew without a doubt that in the End All Things Would Be Fulfilled.
David also elevated Jerusalem into his religious capital by installing Moses’s ark of the covenant in a tent on Zion.
David proposed a permanent temple for Jehovah in Jerusalem. But while the Prophet Nathan denied David the privilege of building God’s house, he revealed that God would build David’s “house,” raising up his son to construct the temple and establishing his dynasty to culminate in the incarnation of God’s eternal Son. This “Davidic covenant”mediates Christian salvation for all, climaxing God’s promises, begun in Genesis 3:15 and accomplished in the new testament of Jesus Christ. God’s Spirit then inspired David to compose Messianic psalms, depicting the deity of Jehovah’s anointed Son.
“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely, goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6 (nasb)
Joseph is another important figure in the Bible. Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons and the firstborn son of Rachel, who said when he was born, “The Lord shall add to me another son,” and therefore called his name Joseph (Gen. 30:24 (nasb)). He became the ancestor of the two northern tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. The story of his birth is told in Genesis 30:22-24, and the story of his life in Genesis 37-50. He was born in Padan-aram when his father was ninety years old, and was his father’s favorite child because he was Rachel’s child and the son of his old age. The father’s favoritism was shown in his getting for Joseph a coat of many colors, which was an indicator of his rank the intention to make Joseph head of the tribe, which naturally aroused the envy of his elder brothers. Their jealousy was increased when he somewhat imprudently told them two dreams he had which were suggestive of his future greatness.
Out of jealousy and envy Joseph’s brothers then planned to kill him, and thus make impossible the fulfillment of his dreams. Joseph was instead sold into slavery, and his brothers took his coat of many colors, besmeared it with the blood of a goat they had killed, and took it to Jacob, with the story that they had found the coat and assumed that their brother was dead, torn to pieces by some wild beast. The aged father, grief-stricken and disconsolate, mourned the loss of his son for many days.
After being sold into slavery to an officer of the pharaoh named Potiphar, Joseph as a young slave proved himself to be so intelligent and trustworthy that his master soon entrusted to him all the affairs of his household, which prospered under Joseph’s administration.
Joseph continued to interpret dreams, and all were fulfilled. The king soon after made Joseph the head of the department of state and one of the officials next in rank to the king (Gen. 41:39- 44). As a further mark of royal favor, he was given an Egyptian name and was married to the daughter of the priest of the great national temple of On.
Joseph, during his dream interpretations, predicted the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. The famine that Joseph had predicted affected not only Egypt but all the known world, so that all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn. Joseph’s brothers came too. They did not recognize him, but he knew them. Joseph was very mindful to test them of their character.
The Joseph most well-known throughout the Bible was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus (Matt. 1:16, Luke 3:23). He was a carpenter living in Nazareth and of Davidic descent. After learning that Mary was with child before marriage, he was minded to put her away “privily,” but an angel assured him in a dream that the child to be born was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and he therefore made her his wife. Joseph went with Mary to Bethlehem, and there Jesus was born. Warned by the Lord in a dream that Herod was plotting the murder of the child, he fled with Mary and Jesus to Egypt (Matt. 2:13-19). He undoubtedly taught Jesus the carpenter trade…
Joseph was called to fill a major role by God to be a father to the Son of God, and experienced nothing short of a challenging life. However, he always remained righteous and trustworthy. He played the role of a “Savior” by teaching Jesus how to live in the world as a man. Similar to the movie Superman…He was given much responsibility in keeping Jesus safe. Can you begin to imagine the responsibility that he had upon his shoulders? God knew that he was the only one who could get the job done, and He had full confidence in him as a holy man.
Much is due to a man who carries out the will of God.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Sound of Many Waters
Chapter: The Power of Touch (Pages 211-212)
By beginning to analyze the truth which rests within the Son of God, we are able to recognize all things, just as the Father sees…
The Father, Savior, and Son are all one…The Father who taught Jesus all that He knew, fulfilled a major role in prophecy…He knew the dangers he would face and he knew the ways of mankind…He was the example of a Shepherd for Jesus.. Who other than Joseph could fulfill such a difficult task…? He was chosen by God….
You see, Joseph fulfilled the Savior role in becoming one with His Son. This relationship is how we may begin to understand the unity of Father and Son. This also demonstrates how the body of Christ is many members…Jesus is the House of God…The Father and Son are united as one through the Holy Spirit. They are just like brothers united in Christ. Remember that God is your best friend and will tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear…That is a True Friend…
This is a major piece of truth that is impossible for the ordinary man, without Christ, to understand. The Father provides the Son with the direction, and knows that the Son is one and the same with the Father.
Understanding the brilliance of the Spiritual World of God is critical to living in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Son is an identical portrayal of the Father. The Son knows all of the Father’s feelings, thoughts, motives, and wisdom. The Son never doubts the Father (God), because He knows His power and His plan for all believers in His Holy name.
Understanding the Bible and key figures is critical to understanding Jesus. Jesus is the key to the body…He holds it all toegther…as the head. The members of the body are many, and they are who make Jesus who He is…Just as the body has many members, the Father is the Chief Shepherd over the entire body.
Trust in the Father Savior and you will not be let down. But, without believing you will not understand the divine brilliance behind the Trinity. It is perfect and all powerful beyond any earthly comprehension.
Jesus knows His Father. The Father knows His Son. The Father and Son are one.
This is part of understanding the brilliance of God.
Isaiah 48:16 “Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, from the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”
Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners. To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldy say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever…”