My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.
Juliet (Act 1, Scene 5)
Tragedy happens in this life. It happens to the humble and those filled with pride. We read Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and a slew of other characters, but the Bible has its own catastrophic events.
This will be my last entry on the spirit of Leviathan and the journey of David. I feel with every ounce of my being that the head of what many of us have been fighting will be swiftly taken off in this season. I pray this for all of us who are battle weary. I also pray that when we see our enemies suffer, we have the spirit of David and honor them in life and in death, even if they are pursuing us with a vengeance or treating us as if we were unworthy of love or being loved.
The catastrophic ending of Saul’s life gives measure for measure. A king grasping onto a kingdom he has already lost loses something more valuable than the kingdom. He loses his hearing. There are tragedies in this life we never recover from, like the loss of a child, one in death or one still breathing that has alienated us–the loss of health, family, homes, siblings, money, and honor. The list goes on and on. . . CALAMITIES! But it doesn’t compare to losing the Spirit. “Take not Your Spirit from me,” David bellowed. He saw this first hand.
“When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” (I Samuel 28:6-7, NASB).
Aw, its the old fix it ourselves trick because the Father isn’t acting quickly enough for us.
Witchcraft in the Bible is a capital offense: punishable by death. No trick. No treat.
Tis the season of witches, mediums, crystal balls and Halloween. Consumers are expected to spend 9.1 billion on Halloween this year, but the Bible is full of necromancy, divination, witches, spells, and demonic spirits. No need to seek Hollywood or a haunted house to be scared or frightened. James 2:19 says, “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder” (NASB). We don’t shudder much anymore. The fear of a God who sees all, knows all, and created all, should be enough. He commands the spirits and they do His will.
The evil spirit which troubles Saul is “an evil spirit from the Lord” (I Sam. 16:14). And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech;” (Judges 9:23, JPS).
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!” (Psalm 103:20, NASB).
“He sent upon them His burning anger, Fury and indignation and trouble, A band of destroying angels” (Psalm 78:49, NASB).
There are things that cannot be seen with the naked eye that we have no business dabbling in. The spiritual world with seraphim’s, flaming swords, and archangels that disappear before one’s eyes are interesting indeed, but so is the darkness. It can lure many in.
The Torah says, “Do not allow a sorceress to live” (Exodus 22:18).
Have we mixed the holy with the profane and called it harmless.
“Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word” (I Kings 18:21, NASB).
They had mixed. We have mixed.
Here’s a passage that list multiple forms of darkness.
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. “For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so” Deuteronomy 18:10-14, NASB).
What does this have to do with Leviathan and David? Well, in our next story concerning Saul and David, a medium is sought after to bring forth the dead. According to Jewish Encyclopedia: “The spirit of the dead was called “ob,” and the consultation of such a spirit was accomplished through a woman who was called a “mistress of an ob” (“ba’alat ob”)” The story also entails a very curious sword, but more on that later.
“Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). During the celebration, they wore costumes, sacrificed animals, and attempted to tell fortunes and seek the dead. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago celebrated their New Year on November 1st. (Abba’s calendar has the New Year listed as the month of Nissan/ Passover. “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2). This would be the time of selecting a lamb, a spotless lamb. His calendar is different. His festivals are all about Yeshua.
If you love dressing up in costumes and celebrating, Abba’s calendar also has a festive event that honors Esther, called Purim. To learn more about this click HERE.
In one part of our story, David is running from the enemy unarmed and without food. He goes to seek food and supplies at Nob, and Ahimelech the priest comes trembling before him. Now, David is looking for a weapon. He tells the priest he is without sword or spear, and the priest answers him very curiously.
“The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you [g]killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; 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”(I Samuel 21:9, NASB).
There is none like it!
Have you ever had to pull out a testimony to encourage yourself? Psalms 106 describes a people who have forgotten He parted the sea for them. “But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold” (106:13 NIV). When things have gotten so bad, we need to remember how the Father fought for us. How the 5 smooth stones of His Torah sunk into our heads and killed the mocking towering giant of our own mental torment.
This sword is magnificent. David needs to hold this sword that is wrapped in a mantle, hidden behind the ephod and remember how the Father fought for him. The ephod was like a girdle, fastened in the back holding the breastplate with the 12 tribal stones and the sacred Name, as well as two stones placed on each shoulder.
” According to the Zohar, the Urim and Tumim were the Forty-two and Seventy-two Letter Names of G‑d placed in the folds of the breastplate that caused the letters engraved in the stones to light up in sequence in order to spell out an answer to a question asked by the High Priest.”
The letters lit up. Urim was said to mean “Illuminating or the lens that shines.” Whereas Tumin was the letters that did not shine. Sound a tad like divination as well? Abba has His own Prophets and teachers and ways of communicating. We speak to the LIVING Creator and not the dead. His Spirit has been poured out. We have a Living Savior who we can make our request known to.
Later, in our story, King Saul’s head will be taken clear off. His head will be placed with the enemies gods as a trophy. He first encounters an arrow and then falls on his own sword. Multiple spiritual lessons are hidden in this.
“The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa (Gilboa means boiling springs; bubbling fountains; agitated pools and Water bursting from the Rock). And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. And they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon (honored fish god). But when all Jabesh-gilead (Dry or arid places) heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul (Asked for) and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days.
So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse” (I Sam. 31:7-14, NASB).
We may laugh at ghost, spells, witches and so forth, but know this, they are real, and they work through people. Saul died over disobedience and for seeking a witch– medium.
I believe the prophets who have been resting like Samuel will arise with a great warning in this hour. It will look similar to Samuel’s words to Saul.
Samuel said, “Why are you asking me, now that the Lord has turned away from you and has become your enemy? The Lord has done exactly as I prophesied! The Lord has torn the kingdom from your hand and has given it to your neighbor David!” “Moreover the LORD will also give over Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines, therefore tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Indeed the LORD will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!” (I Samuel 28:16-19, NASB).
Tomorrow, Saul and his sons will be where Samuel is. It doesn’t say they were in a separate compartment or abode, but together resting.
“There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the weary are at rest.
“The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
“The small and the great are there,
And the slave is free from his master” (Job 3:17-19, NASB).
We all will face death, and some of us like David will face it for years at the hand of our enemies. David time and again said that he would not touch the Lord’s anointed, but he also said this,
“As the LORD lives, surely the LORD will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish” (I Samuel 26:10).
Measure for Measure. The Lord is not slack concerning His promises. Vengeance is His, and He will repay.
What type of man was this David? Was he similar to us? Was he a giant slayer or a man that ran and hid with the Philistines? Yes. Was he a strong man who had taken down a bear and a lion or a man that was living in the woods searching for food, asking foolish Abigail’s husband to feed him? Yes. Was he always being led by the Spirit or was fear at times causing him to panic, act mad, flee in haste, lose sleep, and hide in caves? Yes. What did he do with his time inside of caves with his ragtag army? This cave girl would love to know.
David’s years of being hunted are concisely drawn up into a handful of chapters. We don’t get the fullness of his panic, alarm, trust, singing, crying, screaming, killing, reeking hungry soul–we get pieces. We have to read all of Psalms, Samuel, and Kings, and plenty of other passages to tie it all together with the action packed drama he is experiencing. This is not Shakespeare. This is not the Walking Dead. This is a real life story of a young man who would one day rule over all Israel, but first he is crushed.
David had been anointed king while there was already one in office. David traveled numerous places to escape his greatest enemy, his father-n-law. I believe the meanings behind each location may illuminate our own hardships and victories. I’ll leave a graph at the end with areas defined by their name meanings such as exalted, refined, and crushed in the winepress. You may also notice that this happens over and over again for David and for each of us.
After multiple attempts on David’s life, we read of several passages where his enemy, Saul, who is in pursuit, is suddenly unarmed, asleep, or with his back turned toward David. Even an almost humorous bathroom trip in a cave as he relieves himself. David, who has much blood on his hands still refuses to touch the Father’s anointed.
Aww, friends, meditate on this sword wrapped in a garment and hidden behind the epoch and tell me what hidden things our Father reveals to you. David did not need the sword of Goliath for His Father removed his enemies and he lost his best friend and confidant, Jonathan, as well. Sorrow. Tragedy. Weeping. And then the crown.
I pray David’s journey below causes you to meditate on your own. We seek Him as our refuge, and we travel to the fruitful fields only to journey into the wilderness with Yeshua as we are tempted on all counts until we eventually reach a place where the fountains over flow and we, the thirsty, drink from the wells of the deep.
I pray this series has ministered to you and has opened your eyes to a king named Saul and a King named Beloved David, but more so to the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, the Anointed One, Yeshua Messiah.
Part I here
Part II here
Part III here
Part IV here
Part V here
Part VI here
Nob (High places-exalted)
Adullam (The Justice of the People—retreat-refuge)
Hereth (thicket or thick forest)
Judah (Let Him be Praised)
Ziph (Refining Place)
Maon (A refuge)
Engedi (eye, or spring of water, kid (young animal)
Paran (abounding in Foliage or Glorious).
Carmel (Fruitful field)
Jeshimon, (Waste, Wilderness)
Gath (Wine press)
Gilboa (boiling springs; bubbling fountains; agitated pools; water bursting from the rock)
Jezreel (God Sows–He Will Be Sown Of God)
Philistia (Palestine, the Land Of Wanderers)
Ziglag (Outflowing Of a Fountain. A Pint of Liquid Metal)
Judah (Let Him be Praised)
Sources: All names taken from http://www.abarim-publications
The secret names of the Urim and Tumim: https://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380244/jewish/Secret-Names-of-the-Urim-and-Tumim.htm
Photos: witch of endor, David Coker
Lion image: prophetic mapping
other photos by Tekoa and google images