“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”
My brother is a skillful hunter with a bow or a rifle, and even quick with his hands as the picture below shows. Do you see how he laughs at the serpent? He is a WARRIOR! My brother, Norman, was a sharpshooter, an expert in the Marines. He out shot his whole platoon and broke records. He was a sniper trained for battle, and when he graduated boot camp, he stood with Generals. Snipers can maintain visual contact with their enemies while staying concealed. A hunter is very operative in how they hunt their prey. The mighty hunter can remain silent, motionless, and wait patiently in the coldest temperatures or with sweat dripping off their chin. A hunter knows when to breathe and not to breathe and how to catch its victim unaware.
There is only one man in the Bible named David. He was not just a skilled hunter but a poet, a prophet, a king, a psalmist, and a man who the Father spoke to most intimately. He also was a man of war. A man who placed a bloody head on a pole and carried it through the streets. War trophies. He was a man who circumcised Philistines and left them for dead, BUT he had a fear of harming one man who was hunting him down with an army of thousands.
“for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains” (1st Samuel 26:20, NASB).
In 1st Samuel chapter twenty, throughout the proceeding chapters, the mighty hunter is being hunted. The young David who took the head of the giant is running from the king who shook with fear in the face of this Philistine named Goliath.
This reminds me of Elisha who ran swifter than the kings chariot, slew 450 false prophets and later is found running for his life from one woman, Jezebel.
I wanted to finish up the Leviathan series with victory! I received many diverse responses from this blog series, many different opinions, and comments, but I think this portion will sum it all up and also touch on the Month of Elul and the preparation of our hearts before the fall feast.
“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” (1st Samuel 18:28-29, NASB).
Have you ever had an enemy continually?
Saul has sent messengers to kill his daughter’s husband, David. He hates and fears his son-n-law. Family tragedies will haunt David his whole life. He will not just be hunted by this king, but he will be hunted by his own seed, his own flesh and blood, and the son he favored the most, Absalom. Right now he is running from an army of men, and he flees to safety in the midst of the prophets. David goes to Ramah to be with the prophet Samuel, and then he meets up with Jonathan, Saul’s son, and they make a covenant.
Right before the new moon, David hides and stays hidden for three days, just like Yeshua in the heart of the earth. “So David hid in the field;– when the new moon came,” (1 Samuel 20:24 NASB). “In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David” (Samuel 20:35). We will see later how this is a picture of the Father and the Son metaphorically.
We say the king is in the field during the month of Elul. The Rabbi’s teach that it is a time when the King leaves the palace and visits the common people while they are working in their fields. What a beautiful picture. He is close by. And we are to draw closer to Him and be REVIVED!
Revive us Oh Lord Adonai. Awaken us! Let us run to You, oh King of the universe and to Your Son, Yeshua.
David runs to the prophet Samuel.
He is revived and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) falls upon him and the prophets, and they prophesy. Messengers are sent three times from Saul to take David and bring him back, but each time they arrive, the Spirit of Adonai falls upon them.
“He (Saul) 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“( 1 Samuel 19:23-24 NASB).
This man bent on evil, lays naked and exposed, prophesying his own destruction no doubt. Just as he lays naked, eventually, he will be stripped of his robes of righteousness. He will lose his Kingly garments and even his crown, but he can’t even see his condition.
Have you ever been there?
He will reach a point due to his fear and hatred that he will lose his hearing. He will seek out a witch due to the presence of the Father leaving him, and eventually, he will lose his head.
David flees from Ramah and the prophets and meets up with Jonathan. As we move through this blog, we will arrive at different locations with different people, all of which has a profound prophetic meaning.
“The name Jonathan (= Yo-Nathan) consists of two elements. The first part is יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which is the commonly accepted abbreviated form of יהוה, which is YHWH, the Name of the Lord—(Yahweh has given).” Abarim Publications.
The Father has given David a covenant and anointed him to be the next king, but first, he will suffer many things. Do you see Jonathan and David in the field?
This series is more about what we may suffer to become like gold, and less about our adversaries. If you have been following the series and have not seen this, I have failed as a writer. All the testing and trials we overcome, create in us a pure heart. We learn discipline, the fear of the Lord, and how to trust Him in our darkest night. We learn to handle horrific battles like David and Joseph. We pick up our cross and follow Him. After we wait so long for our redemption—in agony, day after day, and year after year, with no end in sight, like Joseph in prison and David running through the hills, we finally give up and die. It is then, at that moment, that He moves! We die to any kingly positions. We die to thinking we can fight our own battles. We die to fools gold and earthly crowns and storing up riches here or building our own kingdoms. We die to being right. We die to flesh. We die to rejection and any hanging onto our brothers throwing us in a pit, spitting on us, hunting us like a flea–we die. Go kick a dead person; they will not rouse up to kick you back! Mock them in the casket, they will not defend themselves. Death. We learn when to speak and not to speak. Like a expert chess player, we learn when to move and not to move. We even learn how to honor the dead.
We are released from our prisons just like Joseph. Let’s look at his journey briefly before getting back to our kings in the field.
“He sent a man before them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
They afflicted his feet with fetters,
He himself was laid in irons;
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the LORD tested him.
The king sent and released him,
The ruler of peoples, and set him free” (Psalm 105:17-20 NASB).
After the testing, we are set free! We run to the season of our joy, but we cannot skip the period of teshuva or the fast.
David flees from Saul and goes from the prophets to the priest. The priest was in a place called Nob (High places—exalted). This priest is named Ahimelech (My brother is King), and I believe this whole journey has great teaching capability for His Body concerning attacks, but also some very interesting details hidden within the passages. Yeshua was prophet, High priest, and King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. One of the first titles given to Yeshua was shepherd. The Messiah is said to come first in the spirit of Joseph and second as David. David was first described as a young lad tending his father’s sheep. David was thirty years old when he became king, Yeshua was said to be thirty when he started his ministry (Luke 3:23). He is the good Shepherd! Some researchers believe that Yeshua died exactly a 1,000 years after David’s death. How fascinating. “For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4 NASB). David, like Yeshua would be a prophet, a priest, and a king. (Luke 1:32-33) (Acts 2:29-31-35) (Psalm 110:1-7)
Next we see David asking the priest for bread, heavenly bread.
“Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found.” The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread” (1 Samuel 21:3-4 NASB). Five loaves fed five thousand in Matthew 14. Five also represents the fifth feast, The Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah, when kings were crowned and when our Messiah returns at the sound of the trumpet blast.
This bread the priest gave David was literally, the “showbread” it is lechem ha’panim, that is, “bread of the face” — or, “bread of the Presence (of God).” It is also called the “continual bread” (Num. 4:7), Yeshua was the bread without leaven that came down from heaven. He is continual bread.
Remember, David is on a journey to receive the crown. He has already been anointed but his training started while he was tending sheep. Where did your training start? Where are you now? Are you eating His Bread continually?
“David said to Ahimelech, “Now is there not a spear or a sword on hand? For I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s matter was urgent.” Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod (a garment set aside for the priest); if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”
David doesn’t even have a weapon. He is running from an army, unarmed. He learned very early that even a sling shot could kill a giant if the Father was with him. Now, the sword of a man he took down, a man the whole army shook in fear over, yes, this sword is in his hands but he will never use it against Saul. While this is going on there is one man present, one man whose WORDS cause a massacre, Doeg the Edomite! He runs to King Saul and tells him that Ahimelech had given David provisions and the sword of Goliath, and when Saul travels to the priest and confronts a holy man of Yah, Saul commands that Ahimelech be put to death. However, Saul’s guardsmen refuse to touch the anointed of Adonai!
They refuse. Stop for a minute. They probably died right there. More than likely they knew refusing the king’s command would bring instant death, but they had a fear of One Greater than a earthly king!
Doeg, the snitch, had no honor for those anointed of the Lord. Matter a fact, King Saul, whose own head had been poured upon by the sacred anointing oil, by the holy prophet Samuel, also had no honor for HaShem. No fear of HaShem. No respect for the priest of Adonai. No fear to kill holy men dressed in sacred robes who went into the Most Holy Place once a year to make atonement for them! David’s heart feared to touch Saul. Why? because he knows who anoints men for offices.
During our years of ministry we have experienced this in the Body. No honor for His prophets, His priest, Shepherds, or leaders. Much honor, offerings, and praise for those teaching falseness. Only one leper out of ten came back to thank Yeshua, so most overlook this, but when you are being hunted down with hatred like David, this gets harder. The Bible says, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way” (Luke 6:26 NASB).
And the king (Saul) said to the guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not reveal it to me.” But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to attack the priests of the LORD. Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn around and attack the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests, and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. And he struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants; also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword” (1st Samuel 22:17-19 NASB).
85 men who wore the priestly garments. Oh, my heart!
Psalms 52 has a heading involving this evil man Doeg. David after learning of the slaughter of the holy priest, the women and children, and the horrific acts of Doeg, sits down to pen this letter. It’s a letter that explains plainly the hearts of men who devise and scheme and lie, twisting the truth and causing destruction in their paths, like Leviathan. This Psalm has many characters of the slithering, pride filled serpent.
“For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue. (The tongue of a twisting serpent)
But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent,
And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.
The righteous will see and fear,
And will laugh at him, saying,
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches
And was strong in his evil desire.”
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones” (Psalm 52-NASB).
As we look at this, we see David is not trying to work things out with King Saul, or counsel him, or set him down, or speak kindly to him, he says, “And I will wait on Your Name, for it is good.”
He will wait for the Father to take care of his enemies. Will we during this season?
We will see a pattern in this flight for David’s life. As the skillful man of combat, this sniper, David, catches his prey unaware yet never lays one hand on him. This man of war is given opportunity, again and again, to destroy and kill a man who has ordered the slaughter of the Father’s most holy Priest, who is hunting him down like a deer, a deer running and panting for a drop of water. This man is so wicked, most of us in our hearts while reading the story want David to take him out, destroy him, end the battle and take the crown that he rightfully deserves, but is David being trained for a greater anointing. Each place he travels to, he will receive an added anointing.
He leaves Nob (High places-exalted) and heads for Gath. Gath is the birthplace of the giant Goliath, and it means WINEPRESS. David is being pressed in the wine press. In order to get the sweet wine, the oil of the olive, we too must be crushed.
A blog site called “Different Spirit” explains:
“Gethsemane” is a corruption into English of two Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM. As others have pointed out, it is taken to mean “the place where olive oil is pressed”. GAT, as a Hebrew word by itself (Hebrew: gimel, tav), means a winepress.
SHMANIN means oils, and is the plural of the Hebrew word SHEMEN, for oil.
A literal translation of GAT SHMANIM would be “winepress of oils.” here.
David acts like a madman here in order to spare his life and he runs to his next appointment, a cave of Adullam. What does Adullam mean? “Alfred Jones reads The Justice Of The People. BDB translates the name Adullam with Retreat, Refuge. NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to agree with BDB and reads a similar Refuge.”
He leaves the cave and flees to a place called Mizpah. Ironically, it is the very place Samuel anointed King Saul and it means watchtower—to lookout—to overflow.
“The prophet Gad (Good fortune—good luck) said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth in Judah. This is also very interesting to ponder because as I said, this trail of running and stopping at each place is a picture and its one very close to our Messiah Yeshua. Hereth is a thicket or thick florest. David has gone to Judah (Let Him be Praised!) In this thick covering of trees, with a ragtag army of men who followed with David, he acquires a mindset as thick as the forest where no fear, no mental anguish, nothing can take his thoughts captive but the Holy Spirit who is leading him.
How are you doing during this time of introspection? Perhaps you are running from your own enemies? Perhaps, like David, it’s your father-n-law or like Joseph, your very own brothers. Regardless of who is slithering and using twisted words, there is a Father who see’s us and will protect us.
This blog has become longer than I expected, and I will have to add one more portion in order to get to the death of Saul and the man David who would receive the crown. This journey of running will end with the promise. This man’s heart trusted in the Father; David knew all along that he would not die, for God is not a man that He should lie, and what He promises will come forth. He had Samuel anoint David as king of Israel and that day will come forth. More on this in my next post.
Shalom and Blessings!
Soucres: All names of locations and peoples are presented by Abarim Publications or Bible net.
Definition of Gethsemane and Gath taken from (Different Spirit)