Chapter Five

David The Patriarch

 

  Few people understand the enormity of what YHWH did for and through the Shepherd Boy David. We get a clue in Acts Chapter 2 where Peter is preaching on the Day of Pentecost:

 

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

ACTS 2:29

 

  We see here that Peter referred to David as a patriarch. This is a big clue as to what Davidís role was destined to be in Israel. The Bible refers to the ďfathersĒ and by this is meant Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. YHWH identified Himself as being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These men are the patriarchs of the Israel people. In Acts chapter 7 verses 8 and 9 the twelve sons of Jacob are also identified as being patriarchs.

  To be a patriarch means to be the founding father of a tribe or house. The word means ďprogenitorĒ, the first in a new branch or family of people. There are many mighty men in Scripture but there are not many in the patriarch class. God did not just make David king over Israel; He didnít only make him the head of a dynasty. He actually elevated David to patriarchal status and made him the progenitor of a whole new house in Israel.

  We see this in 2 Samuel:-

 

And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and YHWH had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for YHWH is with thee.

And it came to pass that night, that the word of YHWH came unto Nathan, saying,

Go and tell my servant David, Thus saithYHWH, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith YHWH of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also YHWH telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

2 SAMUEL 7:1-11

 

  David wanted to build God a house but the Lord said, ďYou wonít build ME a house; I will build YOU a house!Ē God had already cut a covenant with Abraham, making Abraham His partner in the earth. Therefore, He couldnít do a ďnew dealĒ with David so He did the next best thing: He grafted David and his house into the Abrahamic Covenant. Of course, all believers are blessed with faithful Abraham (see Galatians chapter 30; however, God made David and his house integral to the Abrahamic Covenant. In effect, God merged the promises and blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant with the Davidic Covenant.

  Take, for example, the multiplication blessing. Here it is as given to Abraham:

 

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith YHWH, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

GENESIS 22:16,17

 

  God promised Abraham the multiplication of his seed. Compare that promise with this:

 

For thus saith YHWH; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

And the word of YHWH came unto Jeremiah, saying,

Thus saith YHWH; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;

Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

Moreover the word of YHWH came to Jeremiah, saying,

Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which YHWH hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.

Thus saith YHWH; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

JEREMIAH 33:17-26

 

  Note that God gave the exact same promise to David as he gave to Abraham concerning his seed. God also promised to multiply the Levites. The Levite tribe performed a dual role in ancient Israel. They were the priestly tribe, the spiritual ministry. They also functioned as civil servants and administrators. Therefore there will always be an abundance of support, both in the spiritual ministry and in the civil service, for the Throne.

  How could God fulfill this promise to David? One way would be to make Davidís seed a massive house within the Israel body. Another would be to sprinkle or commingle Davidís seed through the Israel people. This second option is apparently the method God has favoured. Most indigenous people in the British Isles have Scots or Irish ancestors in their family if they are not Scots or Irish themselves. This means that the blood of Davidic royalty flows in their veins. John D. Keyserís brilliant treatise on the Regal Scots in The Ensign Message of Oct-Dec 2005 and Jan-Mar 2006 (or see www.ensignmessage.com) proves the Davidic-Milesian royalty of Highland Scots. Also, Peter Beresford Ellisís amazing book Erinís Blood Royal powerfully highlights the descent of the Irish clans and septs from Milesian royalty. If you have any kind of ancestry from the High Kings of Ireland either by Irish or Scots bloodlines, you are a fulfilment of YHWHís promise to David in Jeremiah 33:22!

  This should bring out a fascinating truth in the following Scriptures:

 

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

EXODUS 19:6

 

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

1 PETER 2:9

 

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

REVELATION 1:6

 

  The tendency has always been to spiritualise this and, of course, there is a spiritual application of it. However, in light of the verses we have been looking at, could there be a natural application in that, through the passage of time, Godís promise of multiplied seed to David would mean that every Israelite would have royal blood flowing in his/her veins through that Davidic seed interbreeding with other tribal Israelites? Apparently so and recent DNA studies taken of British people back this up, proving that DNA tracks from Ireland and Scotland can be found throughout the British Isles.

    Does this mean that any person of Davidís seedline could take the Throne of Britain? Obviously, the answer would be yes but this already covers many millions of people! The exciting aspect of it is not that anyone Ė or everyone Ė could be king but that all are of royal blood and thus literally born to rule. This does not mean we should all lay claim to the Throne of David but that there is a natural dimension to a spiritual truth in the counter-balance to regal sovereignty. In essence, if you are a Christian, you have the power of prayer that is God-given to counter-balance tyrannical monarchs (and prime ministers, thank God!).

  Clearly, there could be a legal claim by satan that an ordinary person could, by prayer, actually run a nation if that person was devout enough and took the matter seriously enough. However, if, as is apparent in Britain, the vast majority of British people, if not all, have some measure of Davidic ancestry in fulfillment of Jeremiah 33:22, then there is a legal and regal claim by those people to exercise kingly authority! This is exciting beyond words. The royal priesthood is not only a spiritual matter but is based on DNA!

  In light of this I would like to point out that Oliver Cromwell was a distant cousin of Charles 1st, the king who was beheaded. Although Cromwell spurned the offer of the Crown after much prayer and fasting, it could be presumed that his right to it was not blocked by a lack of ancestral ties to the Davidic bloodline.

  Of course, it ought to be borne in mind that succession is vital in kingship. Although history proves that many sideways jumps have had necessarily to be taken to establish lines of succession, nonetheless where there is a clear heir in line to the Throne, it is up to God Himself to remove that person, not the plottings of man. This means that we have to sometimes endure a bad king or queen. Whether we like it or not, succession is integral to the establishing of the Throne.

  Having Davidic ancestry may mean you could take the Throne but rules and laws of succession say who should take the Throne. The important thing is that YHWH promised David he would never want a man to sit on the Throne.

  The glorious promise of God to multiply Davidís seed as per the Abrahamic Covenant is now a remarkable fact of history and is proof of Davidís status as a patriarch of God.

  Another such proof is the heart of the Abrahamic Blessing itself. Here it is as given to Abraham:

 

Now YHWH had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fatherís house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

GENESIS 12:1-3

 

And YHWH said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

GENESIS 18:17,18

 

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

GENESIS 22:17,18

 

  The Abrahamic Blessing is, in effect, God promising to bless Abraham and his descendants in order to make them a blessing i.e. to bless every family and nation through blessed Abraham. People would be blessed by Abraham and they would bless themselves in him (this is the marginal rendering of the phrase ďbe blessedĒ). This promise, repeated several times to Abraham, also forms a key part of Godís promise to David. The 72nd Psalm is a psalm for Solomon, who was Davidís son and his successor upon the Throne of Israel. Therefore, this psalm applies to the ongoing Davidic monarchy.

 

His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

PSALM 72:17

 

  The reigning monarch upon Davidís Throne is imbued with the same promise of blessing as the patriarch Abraham; he or she, too, is blessed to be a blessing. This makes Abrahamís Blessing integral to the Throne of David. This Throne is founded upon the covenant of God with David the patriarch, with the patriarch Abrahamís blessings welded in, as it were. Again, the phrase ďbe blessedĒ is marginally translated as ďbless themselvesĒ, showing that in the name of the anointed sovereign from Davidís loins, men would bless themselves.

  The Throne of David is God-engineered to be a blessing to every nation, family and individual on earth. Paulís charge to Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 2 that prayers and supplications be made for all men, followed specifically by a command to pray for kings, takes on new meaning when you see that all men being blessed is the end product of both the Abrahamic and the Davidic Covenants. To reach and bless all men, fulfilling the Abrahamic Blessing, can thus only be done through a godly king upon Davidís Royal Throne. Now we know why the psalmist said in verse 15 of Psalm 72 that prayer shall be made for the sovereign continually.

  Another aspect of Davidís Covenant which has commonality with that of Abraham is in its promise of world dominion. Here we see the Divine promise to Abraham concerning this:-

 

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

GENESIS 22:17

 

  This was fulfilled in a great measure with the descendants of Abraham in Israel-Britain controlling the sea gates during days of Empire. As a people, nation and Empire, Britain really did rule the waves. Of course, any nation which does this can rightly be called the most powerful nation on earth. In fact, the Apostle Paul summed up the entire Abrahamic Covenant in a very powerful yet succinct manner in a little phrase in Romans chapter 4:-

 

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

ROMANS 4:13

 

  The promise of God to Abraham and his seed is, in a nutshell, that the world belongs to Abraham. The entire earth is Abrahamic territory in a very real way. This is very much dominion language. Yet it must be qualified because, although it is Israelís destiny to rule the planet, it is the role of a specific house in Israel to rule the body of Israel (see Jeremiah 33:26), this being the House of David. This is brought out in Psalm 72, the psalm for Solomon:-

 

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

PSALM 72:8,11

 

  And also in the psalm of the Davidic Covenant, Psalm 89:-

 

And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

PSALM 89:23,27

 

  Dominion nationally is promised to Abraham and those blessed in him. However, there is a Throne and House of David to which this promise of world hegemony most especially applies. The ruler on the Throne of David is destined to be the highest authority on planet earth. There is a sense in which all people in Abraham are world rulers but there is a very real specific application for the Royal House.

  This was actually foretold to Abraham in Genesis chapter 17:-

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

GENESIS 17:1-7

 

  Note that YHWH promised the patriarch that kings would come out of him. This brings to us an important thought, that although the promise to Abraham was far-reaching and overarching, it is not complete without the Davidic Covenant. The God-ordained royalty from Abrahamís loins would provide the necessary point of headship in the government, not just of the Israel peoples, but of the entire planet.

  In order for this royalty to be valid, it would have to be the very embodiment of Godís promise to Abraham. This is why our kings and queens are regarded as the best of us; they are the visible expression of majesty. Their dignity comes from their Divine appointment. It was thus of the utmost necessity that the Throne itself be established and founded upon a covenant similar in scope and magnificence to that of the patriarch Abraham. Therefore, both the Abrahamic and the Davidic Covenant are everlasting and founded upon the immutable oath of Almighty God.

 

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