A Teaching by Child on Life with God

Given on 2/15/2007 at Yahweh Shalom

 

Note:  Child’s teaching, which pertains to the following message from our Blessed Mother and Chapter 24 of the Book of

Samuel, appears right after Chapter 24.

 

7/7/04  7:10 A M  (Private message)

 

It is I, your Mother.  Child, write.

Today I come and ask you to offer all in this day for the conversion of souls and the opening of hearts to Jesus.

I ask you and little one to use this day to bring peace to others.  I ask that you share your peace, your joy, and your knowledge with those God brings into your day.

I bless every opportunity taken to help the children of God to come to Him. 

I bless you.

 

Chapter 24 of the Book of Samuel

 

   David Spares Saul.  1David then went up from there and stayed in the refuges behind Engedi.  2And when Saul returned from the pursuit of the Philistines, he was told that David was in the desert near Engedi.  3So Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of the wild goat crags.  4When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave, which he entered to ease nature.  David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave.    

5David’s servants said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘I will deliver your enemy into your grasp; do with him as you see fit.’”  So David moved up and stealthily cut off an end of Saul’s mantle.  6Afterward, however, David regretted that he had cut off an end of Saul’s mantle.   7He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, as to lay a hand on him, for he is the Lord’s anointed.”   8With these words David restrained his men and would not permit them to attack Saul.  Saul then left the cave and went on his way.  9David also stepped out of the cave, calling to Saul, “My lord the king!”  When Saul looked back, David bowed to the ground in homage 10and asked Saul:  “Why do you listen to those who say, ‘David is trying to harm you’?  11You see for yourself today that the Lord just now delivered you into my grasp in the cave.  I had some thought of killing you, but I took pity on you instead.  I decided, ‘I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed and a father to me.’  12Look here at this end of your mantle which I hold.  Since I cut off an end of your mantle and did not kill you, see and be convinced that I plan no harm and no rebellion.  I have done you no wrong, though you are hunting me down to take my life.   13The Lord will judge between me and you, and the Lord will exact justice from you in my case.  I shall not touch you.  14The old proverb says, ‘From the wicked comes forth wickedness.’  So I will take no action against you.  15Against whom are you on campaign, O king of Israel?  Whom are you pursuing?  A dead dog, or a single flea!  16The Lord will be the judge; he will decide between me and you.  May he see this, and take my part, and grant me justice beyond your reach!”

 

   Saul’s Remorse.  17When David finished saying these things to Saul, Saul answered, “Is that your voice, my son David?”  And he wept aloud.  18Saul then said to David:  “You are in the right rather than I; you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm.  19Great is the generosity you showed me today, when the Lord delivered me into your grasp and you did not kill me.  20For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?  May the Lord reward you generously for what you have done this day.  21And now, since I know that you shall surely be king and that sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession,   22swear to me by the Lord that you will not destroy my descendants and that you will not blot out my name and family.”   23David gave Saul his oath and Saul returned home, while David and his men went up to the refuge.

 

Child’s Teaching

 

Today in Mother’s message in which She said:  “I ask you and little one to use this day to bring peace to others.  I ask that you share your peace, your joy, and your knowledge with those God brings into your day.” -- She asks this of all of us.

 

I love the story of David.  I told the people who came, that of all the Old Testament characters that we read about, David, to me, personifies the holiest among them, because he not only believed and obeyed, but he had a real personal relationship with the Lord, a real heart-to-heart understanding of God’s ways.  He is the one that was singled out and anointed to replace Saul, but Samuel told him that he must wait upon the Lord’s timing to become King.

 

David possessed the three things that are needed to reach sainthood:  one is humility, the other is trust in the Lord, and the third is perseverance.  If you do not possess the virtue of humility you will not allow the Lord to guide – you will not trust Him, and if you are not humble you will not persevere in His ways, you will try to go your own way and do things the way that you believe they should go or the world believes that things should go.

 

The Lord said to me, “Explain that it is not what a person does outwardly, but what is within the heart, which guides the will and the mind.”  And you see the contrast between Saul and David.  Saul was anointed King by Samuel, elected by the Tribes, and all the Lord said to him was that he was to do exactly what the Lord told him, and He would put into his hands all of his enemies.  Israel would grow to be a great nation.  There would be peace, but Saul, who was a good man when anointed -- that was why he was appointed, -- once he got the crown he began to think of things as a King, as a worldly King.  And when the Lord gave him decrees, one of the things He had told him was that when he went in to sack the different enemies in villages or towns they were not to take the plunder and keep it.  He did it to test Saul.  But Saul, being a King, saw all other Kings had worldly possessions.  Why should not he?  Why should not his men be able to do what they wanted to do.  So he disobeyed the Lord.  Samuel came back to him and he warned him, “Don’t do it again.”  He said, “Wait for me and I’ll return before the next battle.”  Saul decided that he was going to go his way.  He was going to attack when he wanted to attack.  He thought Samuel was taking too long, so he disobeyed the Lord again.  Then Samuel came and told him, “Because of this, another will be appointed and anointed to take your place.”  And from that point on, Saul began to slip backwards.  He became possessive of the Kingship, and when he learned that it was David who would follow him, he began to listen to the enemies around him, David’s enemies, that David would take the crown from him.  Now Jonathan was David’s best friend and Saul’s son.  Jonathan kept telling his father, “David will not take the throne from you.  Only when the Lord gives it to him will David become king,” but Saul would not listen.

 

So we go through these chapters…Saul is forever fighting his enemies and chasing David, and David’s done nothing to him, but David is a great warrior.  He not only slew Goliath and helped to defeat the Philistines, but he’s going to lead the army many times and win many battles, but instead of Saul being grateful, he just becomes more and more jealous.

 

In Chapter 24, we see here where he’s chasing David again.  David’s got this little group of people with him, and here comes Saul with 3,000 picked men to capture David.  He means to kill David.  David has no illusions what is going to happen if he falls into Saul’s hands.  So David is in the back of the cave and here comes Saul.  His servant says, “See the Lord has delivered your enemy into your grasp, but David, who knows the heart and the will of the Lord and who is a humble man, he remembers what Samuel has told him.  He must wait until actually the Lord gives him the throne.  So he takes a lesser way.  He wants Saul to understand that he could have killed him, that he is not his enemy so he cuts off a piece of the mantle.  But he even regrets that, because David understands the Lord.  When the Lord calls someone, appoints someone to do something, anoints them to this, He not only calls them but He empowers them, and it is not up to any human to decide when this empowerment ends.  It’s up to God to decide.  So he knows that even in this very insignificant thing he really has transgressed because he has touched something that was the King’s.  But he calls to Saul and he says, “Do you not see I am not your enemy.”  Well, Saul is going to back down again, and he does this periodically every time he finds out that he’s wrong and he really listens to his heart instead of to the jealousy.

 

What David did that day was bring peace.  He brought physical peace, because if he would have killed Saul, he would have divided Israel, which would have made it very open to its enemies.  So he brought physical peace.  He brought spiritual peace, because he was able to reconcile with Saul.  David had joy in his heart over the reconciliation, because he knew that he was doing God’s will, he knew he was being faithful to his commitment as a warrior to his King, he was loyal to his nation because he didn’t divide the nation.  So he knew joy, his men knew joy, Saul knew joy, all of Israel knew joy, because they knew if these two came into real open conflict the nation was going to have to decide between the two.  So because of the knowledge of God, his humility and his wisdom, David was able to save Israel, David was able to help Saul, David grew in God’s goodness.  And because of his mercy to Saul, God would show mercy to David all through his life.

 

This is what I want to share today with you.  When Mother gives these messages, She is giving you wisdom.  She is telling you how you change the circumstances in your life, how you change the circumstances with people around you, how you spiritually grow, how to bring God’s blessing on yourself and on others. 

 

Very often when people read these short little messages they say “Well, it always says the same thing, and it’s really short.”  How do you apply it?  How have others applied it?  That’s what Scripture teaches you.  (Here Child held her open Bible up with both of her hands and continued.)  The Living Word of God teaches you, through what’s in Scripture, how to apply what God has given.  So this is the teaching for today; to take Mother’s words and not just look at them as “Oh, yes.  I will be peaceful today, I will be joyful today,” but really take those words and put them into action. 

Thank you.