This is a New Study I developed at Faith Baptist Church on Wednesday Nights. I’d love to hear what you think.
A Picture of Christ in the Old Testament
Session Four: In the History Books
Judges, The Kings
So we talked about Joshua, Rahab, and the Commander of the Army of God.
Then we talked about Gideon and God’s patience with him as he was trying to place his faith but struggling with confidence.
in the Judges period
Chapter 13 introduces us to Samson. A man named Manoah, from Dan, was husband to a woman without children.
13:3 The Angel of the Lord appeared to her and said ‘you are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son … see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink that you do not eat anything unclean … you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
V6 a man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome (yare’ inspiring fear)
And she tells him everything he said …
I LOVE this … then Manoah prayed
Lord I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy
V9 the angel of God came again to the woman … but her husband … was not with her
She ran and got her husband …
They asked God in v12 how to order their son’s life.
V13 the Angel of the Lord confirmed what he had told the woman. A Nazirite
V15 stay and eat with us …
V16 I will not eat any of your food, but if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to The Lord
(did not realize it was the Angel of the Lord)
V17 What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?
V18 why do you ask my name … it is WONDERFUL – piliy/paliy = secret, wonderful – Oh my goodness … it is the same word as to us a child is born a son is given and his name shall be called WONDERFUL Counselor, Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
Matthew Henry says Angels often gave their names in scripture like Michael, Gabriel, but this Angel has a name “too Wonderful” … it was a SECRET … that would be Revealed in Jesus Christ
And The Lord did an Amazing thing – Yahweh Yehovah … did an amazing thing
Samson was to be a man with singular devotion to the Lord, and to God’s strength, so no wine, no vanity, no rich foods … his strength his focus was to be on God …
V20 and the Angel of the Lord went UP in the flame … and they fell on their faces on the ground …
They knew that he was the Angel of the Lord
What do we do with the Revelation of Jesus? In John 9 what did the Blind man do, proscyneo, fall on our faces and worship him, listen to his voice, be convinced of his direction, and follow …
God doesn’t reveal himself to kill us, as Manoah thought, but to include us in his plan.
Samson was born and grew and the Lord blessed … And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him …
Samson was called and empowered by God. it was affirmed by Jesus and he was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Over and Over it says “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him …”
Of course, Samson is most famous for being strong and for having long hair that was cut by Delilah. After Delilah cut his hair, we know that he lost his strength. But his strength was not in his hair. His strength was in the Spirit of the Lord; and the Spirit of the Lord was with him in his obedience to the commands of God.
He was commanded before birth, to never cut his hair, never eat anything unclean, never take fermented drink. And one of the saddest verses in scripture is Judges 16:20 … He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
But praise the Lord he doesn’t leave us as we are, if our heart is toward him.
So even then in his captivity, bound in bronze shackles, his eyes gouged out, there is a beautiful simple verse, 16:22 but the hair on his had began to grow again after it had been shaved. The moment the hair started to grow he had a chance to obey God by not cutting it.
Oh we may go into the far country of rebellion, but we can come to ourselves in the pig pen. We can return. It wasn’t the hair that strengthened him, but it was obedience to the commands of God.
And so Samson prayed v28 O Sovereign Lord, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes
What is RIGHT about his prayer?
It is focused on God. “Sovereign Lord” – God is on the throne and in charge, including of my life … God I know you are the boss not me.
“Remember Me” – Lord turn your face toward me. Lord don’t forget me in my justified judgment.
“Please” – there is no demand, but a petition, a request to a ruling God, if it please him. “Strengthen me” – my strength is in you not in me, not in my hair, not in my muscles, my strength is in you
Psalm 84:5 (NIV84)
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
So, the Final Judge then was Samuel. His mother Hannah was barren and married to Elkanah, who was married to two women but deeply loved Hannah. Hannah prayed to the Lord for a son and promised to give him to the Lord if the Lord would give to her. God answered her prayer and gave her a son. She weaned him and brought him to the priest Eli and left him there. She looked after him, probably visited him often, but gave him to the Lord. In response, the Lord gave her 3 more sons and 3 more daughters.
So 1 Samuel 3 … v1 says in those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions
Why? Because the people, the priests, were not obeying God so God wasn’t speaking to them.
The Lamp of God had not yet gone out – like Eli’s eyes were growing dim, so the ability to see God was growing dim … but that was about to change
Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle “where the ark was” … Like Joshua who stayed in the Tent of Meeting while he was servant to Moses, so Samuel stayed close to the Lord. Whether this means he was in the Holy of Holies or just in the Tabernacle which was where God’s Ark was … most likely the latter. He was close to the Lord
Then the Lord Called Samuel – no one comes to God unless God calls him. Yes I believe we have the ability to hear God and respond to him, but it is HIS Gracious choice to call us into relationship with him and to reveal his work as he invites us to join him.
He ran to Eli – thinking it was Eli who called “Here I am; you called me” v5 – “I did not call … lie down”
V6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel” – Oh don’t forget he knows your name. Remember when God spoke to Hagar she was shocked that God knew her … “He knows my name, he knows my ev’ry thought …” and he went to Eli again, “Here I am …” “I did not call you”
V7 Samuel did not yet know the Lord: the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him”
V8 the Lord called a third time … “Here I am; you called me” THEN Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.”
How do we respond to the voice of God? v9 “if he calls you, say, ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening’”
V10 … The Lord came and stood there, calling “Samuel, Samuel” – The Lord doesn’t call to us from an unreachable place. Yes the Father lives in unapproachable light, but Jesus is God WITH US and he can be experienced by us. His kindness doesn’t CALL us to Repentance, Romans 2:4 says it LEADS us to Repentance … The Lord is a Shepherd, not an owner … he is there … and so he CAME and STOOD – yatsab = to present oneself – Calling – qara’= to shout, to call, to name, appoint, summon, proclaim, announce
Unique thing here that doesn’t always happen is that Samuel’s call to KNOW God came WITH his Call to Ministry … and it is NOT a Good word that God gives the Boy … how old, not sure but young, he slept on the floor, he served in little outfits made by his mother.
V11 – Behold – See – Samuel had never seen, understood the Lord … but that was about to change … The word of the Lord is often like this … it is like the word in Revelation that is sweet to the mouth but sour to the stomach. It is a wonderful thing to hear the Lord’s word, but proclaiming it, receiving it, can be so hard. This judgment against Eli is spelled out in chapter two by an unnamed prophet.
V15 says that this guilt cannot be atoned for … I do not think that this means that an individual cannot be saved after sin. I believe it means that some actions could cause us to lose a place or a blessing. Just like the generation of Israel that came out of Egypt lost out on the Promised Land, it didn’t mean that they LOST God … he stayed with them, even in the wandering, wilderness, judgment, but they lost the promised earthly gift.
Then Eli calls v16 and asked v17 what God said … hearing the word of the Lord is easier than delivering it … take my word for it.
But Samuel told him and v18 “he is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes”
V19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground
Isaiah 55:11 (NIV84)
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
V20 Israel recognized that Samuel as a prophet of the Lord … and v21 he revealed himself to Samuel through his word
Samuel led the people through God’s word as the last Judge.
But the people wanted a King.
We often would rather be led by people than led by God. We can fight against people, but don’t want to fight with God.
We can complain to people, but not to God … people are easier rather than strive against God and his word.
Saul was the man chosen then by God. He was good, handsome, humble, but he took his eyes off God. Just as Israel was and did.
Saul, against the Amalakites looked at the treasures and he wanted them. He wanted to show himself strong. God wanted quiet obedience and to destroy those things, but Saul wanted a lavish elaborate display … even calling it worship … but God said To Obey is Better than Sacrifice. You can’t disobey and call it worship.
So David was anointed to be King.
David, as much as any in Scripture, is a type of Christ … Just in the Story of Goliath we see it.
- He fought a battle with Goliath on Behalf of the whole Nation (1 Sam 17)
– Jesus fought our battle with Sin (Rom 5:19)
- He was Israel’s Representative (1 Sam 17)
– Jesus is ours (Rom 5:18-19)
- Sent By His Father (1 Sam 17)
– So Christ (1 Jn 4:14)
- Rejected by his Brothers (1 Sam 17)
– So was Christ (John 7:5)
- His Victory was Israel’s Victory (1 Sam 17)
– Christ’s Victory is Our Victory (Rom 5:19)
- David Then was in Exile before he became King (1 Sam 22:1-2)
– Christ has ascended to the Father but will Reign in person after the Tribulation (Col 2:15; Rev 11:15)
- Gathered the Troubled (distress, discontented, indebted, disoriented) (1 Sam 22:1-2)
– Jesus says come to me all who are weary and heavy laden – they were harassed and helpless (Mt 11:28 – Mt 9:36)
- He Rewarded those who worked in building his Kingdom (1 Chron 11&12)
– There will be crowns for us at the Marriage of the Lamb (Rev 22:12)
Oh Our enemy is Too Big for us to fight alone
He is Loud and Powerful
He has Large forces behind him … Goliath even had four brothers at home (2 Sam 21:16-22; 1 Chronicles 20:5-8)
Comes a Simple Shepherd to Defeat Him
With a Small Stone he defeats him and cuts off his head … Jesus will crush the head of the serpent …
So, a great man, a King Forever … promised seed will come through him.
But I want us to see The Angel of the Lord in a terrible episode in his life.
2 Samuel 23 talks about David’s Mighty Men, his Thirty Special Fighting Men.
But in 2 Samuel 24 David orders a census of his Army. It results in the judgment of God. What’s the big deal? Is this a sin? Obviously it is a sin … let’s read it
2 Samuel 24:1-4
1 Chronicles 21
So … why was this a big deal? Matthew Henry lists many possible reasons
- He didn’t count those under 20 (1 Chr 27:23-24 so it wasn’t legal)
- He did not require them to pay the temple tax Exo 30:12 as a ransom for their souls
- Or perhaps he DID but kept the money for himself instead of giving to God
- God had not ordered it
- This was counting God’s people who were to be innumerable
- But the WORST was Pride
He was not numbering his sheep so he could care for them. He was numbering them to brag about what he had. God used satan to cause David to do this, which says that the issue in his heart was already there.
The glory of Israel was not in her numbers, not even recounting how they had been blessed, but their glory was in the Lord Alone
So, David sought to offend God by drawing attention to their number. We don’t have to prove the blessing of God, but LIVE IN it.
Joab even purposely left out Benjamin and Levi because it was offensive to him.
V7 this was evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel
M.Henry “If God’s dearest children do amiss, they must expect to smart for it.”
– David was a man after God’s own heart, so it is not that he didn’t sin, but his heart was soft and he responded to correction
V8 David said to God “I have sinned greatly … done a foolish thing”
God then proclaims 3 options for discipline
- 3 years of famine
- 3 months swept away by the sword of enemies
- 3 days of the Sword of the Lord – a plaque – the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel
What do you think? What would be The Results of Each?
V13 – I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord. For his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men
We are safer in the hands of an angry God than ungodly men
V14 – The Lord sent a plaque – 70,000 died
Angel sent to destroy Jerusalem
V15 The Lord was grieved … Don’t ever think for a minute that God delights in Judgment or discipline. No! He Delights in Showing Mercy and Compassion
Micah 7:18–19 (NIV84)
18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
And God says Enough! Withdraw your hand
The Angel of the Lord was standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite
Oh my, the Sword of God drawn by Jesus … If he is WITH you it is a beautiful thing … if he is against you, what a dreadful thing it is.
Remember Joshua asked Jesus, while overlooking Jericho, when he saw this man with sword drawn “are you for us or against us” and the reply “neither … I am Commander of the Army of God”
Remember Abraham Lincoln said he wasn’t near as concerned whether God was with them but whether they were with God.
Revelation 19:11–21 (NIV84)
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
How dreadful for those on Earth, but how glorious for those of us riding with him. His robe dipped in blood will have washed our sins away, but his robe will be dipped in the blood of those who stood against him.
Then David, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.
Repentance and sorrow is where healing begins.
V17 “was it not I … I am the one who sinned … they are but sheep … let your hand fall on me, but not remain on your people”
David understood that he deserved it, but also that he could TRUST GOD
Job said “even if he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15)
V18 The Angel of the Lord said “go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah
This is on Mt Moriah … what happened there? Abraham tied down Isaac, offering him to God. There a Ram was in the thicket and there the blood of the substituting ram was received in place of Isaac.
V20 Araunah and his 4 sons saw The Angel of the Lord and HID
V22 Let me have your site, threshing floor, to build an altar … sell it to me for full price
Remember God appeared to Gideon on the threshing floor too. What is it about the Threshing Floor? The Threshing floor was a place of “winnowing”, the place where true and false are separated, where fruitful and fruitless are separated, so it is where we meet God and Truth reveals itself.
V23 – Take it Lord King …” Think he was scared?
God’s glory on display, sword drawn … “O King, if you can make it stop … do it … I will give you the oxen, wood, wheat … make it stop.”
But David replies … NO
V24 – “No … full price … I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that which costs me nothing”
V25 – Built an altar, sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Oh Listen our sin has to be addressed but so does our fellowship with God which is broken. And then he CALLED on the Lord. And the Lord answered him with Fire from Heaven on the altar.
V27 – The Angel put his sword back into its sheath
Then David makes a decision …
22:1 – The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel
So, Abraham’s altar, David’s altar, and then the Altar of Solomon’s Temple were on this place. Perhaps too this was the same place on which Christ was crucified, as the Temple of Solomon was torn down and then a temple was built later on a different site. But it was the same mountain range
And so Christ, because God’s Sword was against us, did not come to Condemn us (John 3:17) but to save us because (Jn3:18) we were condemned already. So, Jesus emptied himself of glory, like the King took off his Regal Robes, and took up the nature of a servant as David donned Sackcloth.
Though he had not sinned … He who knew no sin (2 Cor 5:21) became sin for us. So like David, he said “Let your hand fall on me” and like Paul told Philemon “If Onesimus owes you anything, charge it to me.” So Christ took up our iniquities, that God’s wrath might not remain on us.
And so on that hill, they didn’t know it, but at the sight of Abraham’s Altar, and David’s Altar and the Altar of Solomon’s temple, they erected an altar where Jesus would not offer anything that cost him nothing. And God did not offer something that cost him nothing, but he gave his one and only son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life. Jesus was beaten, bruised, stripped bare, nailed to a cross and raised up. And again the blood flowed on Mt Moriah and where the blood flows, forgiveness flows. And again God was pleased for a propitiation, an atoning sacrifice to be offered. Then the Lord Jesus said “It is Finished”, it is “enough” and God put away his wrath and he answered with an earthquake and the veil was torn and the separation between God and man was removed, so that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Oh the blood of Jesus
Oh the blood of Jesus
Oh the blood of Jesus
It washes white as snow