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"A New King for Israel"

“A New King for Israel”
[Called. Covenanted. Committed]
2 Samuel 5:1-5

1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.

2 Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’”

3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

Introduction:

I am happy today to look at this text with you family. It is a text that helps me to know that when God has made a promise to me, that he will keep his word. It’s a text that reassures me and establishes my trust in the Lord, no matter what my present situation may look like, feel like, and even presume to be.

This text will give a discouraged person a reason to smile again. It will do this because the promises of God are on display. It's a text that highlights reconciliation, restoration, revival and renewal for the weary warrior trying to obey God in every area of their life.

I’ve learned from this text that when the Lord gets ready to promote you, HE knows exactly where you are located! When HE gets ready to make you a leader, transform your life and exalt you to a place of prominence, nobody can stand in your way.

Background:

David has been King over Judah for 7 years in a Little town called Hebron. It has been a treacherous journey, but he has finally made it.
During his journey to the palace, His life has been in the line! He has had Death threats, he’s been homelessness, living in Caves, chased by a vicious enemy, almost killed, been totally misunderstood, but God has brought him through them all.

In this text today is a time for celebration for David, because he has been asked to lead a people who were once his enemy. He has been asked to be the king over a people who had no king.

According to the worlds standards, David has arrived! He is now in the highest office in the land! However, instead of being arrogant, prideful, high minded about his election he exudes a heart that is grateful to God.

This text teaches me that if you just hold on God has great things in store for you. It says to me, that God can use me after I have gone through the trials of life. It says to me that my pain has purpose, and my destiny is in the lords hands.

And, if I just hold on, my promotion will come. If I just hold on, there will be better days ahead.
Let’s examine this text and see what we can learn about David as the new king of Israel.

I. David’s Divine Call

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.

2 Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’”

Note:

When we arrive at this portion of the scripture we get to see a divine call issued to David, that was not based on anything else other than what God has ordained.

1. Israel’s former king Ishbosheth, has been assassinated. They have lost their 2nd in command (Abner) he has been murdered.
2. They are in need of leadership and they issue a call to David, who was once their national hero, to come back and be their King in a difficult time.
3. The second thing I see in this text is that David does not jockey for the vacancy, he does not push his military power around for the throne, he does not invade the northern country! David is invited, summoned, asked, “called” by Israel to come and lead them.
4. David’s call to the throne has been by that of the Lord, and by the people of God.

How we know this is a divine call from the Lord, the text says that “all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron” …there was complete unity in this decision by all of Israel! [The military, the elders, the common folks, all of Israel came down to him in Hebron!

The twelve tribes that were once at war, separated, not talking to each other, have all agreed and have all come down to Hebron…to the same place, at the same time, to the same man and asked him to do the same thing. (Be their King)

The third thing we see is what they said to him… “Indeed, we are your bone and your flesh.”

In their desire to have David as their king, they first remind him, that they are all family…and that they are related by flesh and blood.

The fourth thing they do is remind David how he has already led them in the past.

“They say, when you were under Saul, you were already leading us…you were the one, who was fighting our battles, you were the one who was protecting the nation, you were the one who “led us out and brought us in”.

The fifth thing they did was to remind him of what the Lord has already told him!

“And the Lord has already told you that You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel”.

Observation:

• Here we get to see a divine confirmation of David’s divine call upon his life.
• David has people who know him and know of his ability. (That’s Confirmation)

• David has people who have seen his work and lived under his leadership.
(That’s Confirmation)

• David has people to remind him of what the Lord has already spoken to him, about him, regarding the plan and purpose that the HE has for life.
(That’s Confirmation)

Application:

The child of God should take note at this text. Because it has such a powerful correlation to all of us.

When God has called you to do a work for his name sake, there will always be another witness to confirm that you are the one for the “ministry vacancy”.

When God calls you into a ministry high calling, it will always be confirmed by the word, the people of God, and the need for a leader in the ministry vacancy.

David was already a King of Judah, when the northern tribes call him to be their king also.

He was already leading a tribe, when another tribe calls him to lead them also.

He was already in “King Ministry”, when others called him to lead them also.

He was already handling responsibility, when more responsibility is given to him.

Note:

• God uses the person who is already doing something to do something more for the kingdom.

• God uses the worker who is already working to do more work for the Lord.

• He does not use the idle mind, the lazy worker, the one who is standing around doing nothing.

• God uses the one who desires to be used, and who doesn't mind doing more for HIM!

“My prayer for the NBCBC family, is lord use us for your glory, that we might have more to do in the kingdom. Please Don’t let our agenda’s get in the way of your agenda.”

Story of Lady Frances Havergal:

“Frances Havergal, the song writer, lived and moved in the Word of God. His Word was her constant companion. On the last day of her life, she asked a friend to read to her the 42nd chapter of Isaiah. When the friend read the sixth verse. “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,” Miss Havergal stopped her. She whispered, “Called—held—kept. I can go home on that!” And she did go home on that. ”
—Pentecostal Evangel

The divine call of God must be every believers desire in this fallen and wicked world.

II David’s’ Divine Covenant

3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.

Note:

1. When we arrive at this portion of the text we get to see David and all of the leaders in a moment of reconciliation and restoration.

2. All the elders who were once under Saul, and who once watched Saul come after David have now come together.

3. All the elders who did nothing while David was running for his life, have come and submitted themselves to David.

4. All of the elders who knew of Saul’s plan to kill David, but did nothing, have now gathered themselves to him for his protection and leadership.

All of the elders who never came to see about him while he was living in caves and in the wilderness, have now come to him to say that they need him…

David not only receives them, but he submits himself to them, and he makes a covenant with them.

Application:

Sometimes in ministry reconciliation is what comes before covenant commitments.

It’s always in order to be reconciled unto your brother before new ministry opportunity has come your way.

Restoration and reconciliation make powerful moments, of mission and ministry for the child of God.

Without Restoration and reconciliation, a new covenant cannot be forged within fractured relationships and broken promises!

If David is going to be King, something more than words of reconciliation, and words of restoration has to be done!

A New covenant is what’s needed, and David understands this!

Note:

• This new covenant is the Kings covenant!
• It’s not the peoples covenant, it's the kings covenant to Gods people.

This picture is powerful …here you have a great man in leadership, in control, in power, with favor…

He lay’s aside any wrongs that were done to him, against him, about him, and he establishes a new covenant between himself and the people!

1. This is the kind of minster every kingdom needs
2. This is the kind of minister that every people-group desires to have
3. This is the kind of minister that will have the heart the people
4. This is the kind of minister, that will have great success in the ministry
5. Because he loves the people, he is a covenant leader, he is man of principle, practice, prayer, and promise

Observation:

David in this text makes a new covenant with Israel to lead them as their king!

David in this text makes a new covenant to restore what has been broken between the him and them!

• Nobody asked him to this.
• There was no law to say that they had to do this.
• There was no written document that demanded that he do this.

• There was no governing body that declared this to be done.
• This was a covenant from the heart, from the king to the people.

• It was a covenant of purpose.
• It was a covenant of promise.
• It was a covenant of practice.
• It was a covenant of peace and an act of Grace to show Israel how he would lead them.
• It was a demonstration and a testimony of his character.
• No other King in Israel had ever done this!
• [There were two other kings in Israel prior to him]

David distinguishes himself as The Covenant King.

He is a king that cares and a king who covenants with Gods people.

Application:

Here’s what I learned from its passage…

If God should so graciously call you to minister for him, you too should make a covenant with the people that you are called to serve

If God should call you to care for others, and serve others they should know of your commitment to them by the covenant that you share

If God should allow you to lead somebody, they ought to see covenant behavior in your life that honors them and that honors God

Because God is a God of covenant, we too should be ministers of the covenant.

We ought to have hearts that lead from covenants, and minds that believe in covenants.

We ought to have actions that display a covenant theology and practice

Example:

• A husband should have a covenant theology that honors with his wife.
• A wife should have a covenant theology that honors her husband.
• Parents should have a covenant theology for leading, guiding, caring and protecting their children.
• Children should learn of this covenant theology and be taught how to develop their own toward their parents and their siblings.
• Covenant ministry is Godly ministry.

Covenant theology is biblical theology and it always models what it looks like to be in covenant with Gods people and those we have been called to serve.

Example:

• When a new member joins the new beginnings church, I asked every one of them to enter into covenant with me as their pastor.
• I lead in the covenant and ask them to respond by doing the same.
• I believe in a covenant church, a covenant ministry, a covenant theology, because I serve a covenant God, who lives intimately with me because of his covenant of love.

This is divine, and this is what it looks like to be in covenant with God.

Finally, in reaction to David’s covenant there was a significant event to seal the new Kings assignment and ministry to the people.

The text says … “And they anointed David king over Israel.”

When we arrive here, at first glance this may seem to be an insignificant form of ceremony over the installation of the new King.

Not so…This is David’s third anointing and third public announcement that he has been called to do this!

1. The first time it happened Samuel the Priest proclaimed it in Jesse’s House before all of his people and the local community! [The horn of oil tilted in his favor instead of his brothers]

2. The second time it happened he was installed as King in Judah, to lead this special tribe of the Lord, that fulfilled prophecy. [the oil tilted and God honored the call to serve his people]

3. This third time it happens after he accepts the call of reconciliation and restoration of his people back to him and to God.

4. It happens after he covenants with those who were not in covenant to him. [The oil tilted, and the anointing of the oil, secured his Kingship in Israel.]

Note:

• David is king, because God called him to be king!
• David is King and it is well with all the people!
• David is King and it’s a unanimous decision of God and all of the people.
• David is King because he was anointed to be king!
• When the time was right and it was well with God and man, the Oil tilted in his favor!

Finally, this is symbolic, because the oil was a symbol of the presence of the Lord in his life, on his life and because of his life.

It was saying that the Lord was with him in his ministry as the king of Israel.

Observation:
• It's a good thing to have proof that the lord is with you in the work of the ministry
• It's a good thing to have the oil of the lord tilted in your favor, when you are working for the lord
• It's a good thing to have the oil of the lord running all over your life
• It's a good thing to have the anointing of the Lord witnessed by those surrounding you
• It's a good thing to know that the Lords power is with you as a sign and a symbol of his covenant work in your life
• It's a good thing to have him all over you, as you serve him in ministry

The oil was a reminder to all of Israel that David was Gods man, and he had been anointed by God for the work of the ministry.

III. David’s Divine Commitment

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

Note:

When we arrive here at this final portion of this text we see an overview of the total time he served Gods people in office as their king.

It is a statement of his commitment to them and a picture of his ministry longevity. David was committed to being their leader.

He was thirty years old when he began to reign in Israel. This is not very old for a leader of a nation.

But never the less God trusted him with the oversight of a country and with great responsibility to care for souls, lives, and to shepherd Israel. (the people of God)

Observation:

Unfortunately, David didn’t have any good examples of how to be a good king! Saul was the first, and he was not very good.

Ishbosheth was second, he was not a role model. David is the third, and he has to model for himself what a King should look like and what king should do.

David starts his ministry with no mentor, coach or anyone he could talk to about day to day responsibility of managing a kingdom.
He must figure it out as he goes….

Application:

• Sometimes ministry is like this!
• Sometimes it is very difficult, and very hard to know what to do.
• Sometimes you have to learn as you go, what to do and what not to do.
• Sometimes the only person you can ask is yourself!

Secondly, I see something else interesting in this text!

“In Hebron, he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.”

Here I discover that for 7 years, he was leading a small tribe as their king. For 7 years, he got to practice making decisions and governing.

Note:

I believe that before the lord lets him lead in Jerusalem, he gets tested and tried in Judah.
Jerusalem was bigger than Judah, and in order to know how to serve many he has to have experience in serving the least.

The text says that he served all of 33 years in the nation.

• 33 years of caring for the people.
• 33 years of dealing with their problems.
• 33 years of watching over them.
• 33 years of handling their economy.
• 33 years of being responsible!
• 33 years of being in leadership.
• 33 years of being held responsible.
• 33 years of oversight for the judicial matters, social concerns, economic development, business and trade, warfare, regional and global matters.

As king, he was in charge of all that happened and all that transpired in Israel.

His 33-year commitment called for all of him, to be engaged!
He had to give his all to the kingdom for 33 years, in order to serve them properly.

Application:

I believe that God could trust David to lead a nation, and so David models what a life of commitment looks like unto God

Unless you are in ministry for commitment you won’t last 33 years.

• David is teaching us, how to stick to it in ministry even when it gets bad
• David is teaching us, that ministry longevity is not for the faint of heart
• David is teaching us that commitment is everything in ministry
• David is teaching us that commitment is necessary for ministry success

Example:

In order to be a covenant spouse, you must have commitment
In order to be a covenant minister, you must have commitment
In order to be a covenant servant in the kingdom you must have commitment

For 33 years, he stayed the course in the good times and the bad

For 33 years, he stayed the course in the throws of danger in the good times and the bad

For 33 years, he dealt with the people in the good times and the bad

For 33 years, he was a faithful minister caring for Gods people.

Conclusion:

He reminds me of another King! Who also was a minister to Israel!

• King Jesus lived among Israel for 33 years
• King Jesus walked among them for 33 years
• King Jesus was affiliated with them for 33 years
• King Jesus identified with them for 33 years
• King Jesus had a ministry among them for 33 years
• He had a divine calling among them as the Son who God
• He had a divine covenant, as the lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world
• In his covenant, he reconciled sinners back to God, and he restored them back into fellowship through his sacrificial death on the cross.
• He is a Divinely Committed King who sits now on the right hand of God making intercession for us …
• Its personal with, he's not just any body’s king, but He's my King!

The Bible says…

• He’s the King of the Jews
• He’s the King of Israel
• He’s the King of Righteousness
• He’s the King of the Ages
• He’s the King of Heaven
• He’s the King of Glory
• He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords

My King is the key of knowledge

• He’s the King of all wisdom
• He’s the King of deliverance
• He’s the King of peace
• He’s the King of righteousness
• He’s the King of holiness
• He’s the King of glory
• He’s the King of the mighty
• He’s the King of the conquerors
• He’s the King of the heroes
• He’s the King of the legislators
• He’s the King of the overcomers
• He’s the King of governors
• He’s the King of princes

That’s my King.

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