Nathan Reproves David

David is the only character in the OT that matches to Dan. 7:5 – like a “bear” – “raised up itself on one side” (raised up one dominion), “three ribs in its mouth” (Moab 2 Sam. 8:2, Syrians 8:6, Edomites 8:14), “devoured much flesh” (conquered all the various people of Philistia).

Nathan reproved Solomon having smitten Uriah the Hittite and taken his wife Bethsheba – their first child died after 7 days (symbolic time of creation to God’s rest). Solomon again lay with Bethsheba and bared Solomon.

David’s exploits are listed in the book of Samuel. He is certainly the most overwhelming personality of the OT in his conquests, military organisation (based on that of Saul) – all males could be summoned to serve – twelve bodies of twenty four thousand. David had a body guard.

The civil administration was by the king himself and assisted by a council controlled by Jonathan, the king’s nephew. The religious institutions were part of the constitution of the monarchy. David offered sacrifices in usurpation of the priestly office.

In one incident David fled from Absalom – David went up by the ascent of Mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot … and all the people … went up, weeping” 2 Sam. 15:20.

In another the angel of death descended – “And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem” – 1 Chron. 21:16.

In the NT’s book of Revelation the Ancient scribes wanted to record the absolute annihilation of their society under the Pharisees and Sadducees. They perceived there was no hope of resurrection such was the overwhelming defeat by the fourth decade. The scribes wanted to leave a remembrance and project the struggle from the national level to the universal. They decided to write an accumulation of types as a great memorial for all generations. What else could they do? So they set about, in community, as they had under the Judges, to write up the ever recurring authoritarianism that divides the civil from the sacred. They had experienced it time and time again.

David was to set up the everlasting kingdom but his egotism meant he carried on as the nations aroundabout. Solomon built the temple but decline set in under Rehoboam and Jeroboam. Israel succumbed. Hezekiah, Immanuel, Wonderful, Counsellor and Noble

restored the temple that Shishak had plundered. Hezekiah changed society from almah – virgin (without God) to bethulah – virgin (with God). The last seven kings of Judah did evil etc. The everlasting kingdom set up by Judas Maccabees, the rock, failed to perpetuate under the Hasmoneans and the Pharisees and Sadducees.

So Revelation is a book to be opened. It reveals Jesus Christ from woe to go (Mara, Joseph and Joshua), from alpha to omega through the turbulent times as a priest of the everlasting order of Melchisedec from time immemorial and forever – they wrote of the “testimony of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 12.17 bringing “forth a child” 12:13. The woman with child had to “fly into the wilderness” so she could be nourished. This construction by the Ancient scribes took decades to conceive through turbulent times. The book was completed by about 70 AD or just after the fire of Jerusalem, their complete destruction. The gospels emerged justifying the criticism of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Revelation provides the material for the emerging remnant of the Apocalyptic refreshment. The spirited do not die but find a path less travelled.

Even after leaving Egypt the population turned to idolatry and built a golden calf. They wanted to return to the only thing they had known. In the 21st century we cling to orthodoxy and instituted beliefs – the David of today. It is time to be inclusive. It is time to move forward.

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