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November 8, 2021 7:00 am
David and Jonathan's deep commitment to one another illustrates the commitment God has made with us this into Adrian Rogers greatest room that you will ever learn the greatest concepts that can overcome in your mind is the truth of the blood covenant concept of the blood. You could not have had a deep commitment that Jonathan and David made one to the other.
This day, see what that means. One day we were rebels we were out. Then we receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we agree with the terms of the covenant.
The next day we were seated in heavenly voice. We are Royal seated with the king. Welcome to finding featuring the timelessness master teacher and author Adrian Rogers, a blood covenant is a biblical principle permanently unites two people together, marriage, business and friendship under this covenant, the two parties adopt a loving kindness toward each other, meaning their love surpasses all differences Jonathan and David's blood covenant first Samuel chapter 18 and 19 is a picture of the blood covenant God made with us through Jesus.
If you have your Bible turn there now as Adrian Rogers explains more about the blood covenant greatest routers will ever learn greatest concepts that can ever come in your mind is the truth of the blood covenant concept of the blood. A blood covenant was on on breakable partnership between two people who greatly love and greatly trusted one another and the blood covenant was practiced not only in biblical times by biblical characters, but historians tell us that it has been practiced by most primitive tribes as they go back in history that most primitive tribes had one form or another on a blood covenant not a blood covenant really involved three things with people who were very close friends in covenant there was a a mutual mingling of lives and involve number one the sharing of possessions many times to symbolize that if I'm in covenant with you and your in covenant with me that our possessions are co-owned and co-mingled. I would take off garment to coat our tunic, our room and give it to you and you would put it all symbolizing best bet my garment representing my possessions is my way of saying what I have belongs to you and not only was there a sharing of possessions. There was also a sharing of protection that meant that if you were ever in a battle ever in a fight.
You could tell me to be at your side. Your enemies were Miami, just as your friends were my friends and so in order to symbolize this many times they would take a implement of a hatchet bag or sword or spear. Whatever.
Some implement and this would be given and then this covenant reached perhaps the highest form.
Not only was there a sharing of possessions in the sharing of protection but a sharing of personhood itself. An incision would be made often in the wrist of the right hand.
A cut would be made bear and a cup would be made in both hands until the blood would mingle and then these hands would be classed where the wrist would touch and the blood would co-mingle and with their hands clasped they would lift their hands to heaven and pledge themselves one to the other saying that the very life blood that flows through you flows through me and that blood now has been co-mingled and there is more even than a sharing of possession in the sharing of protection. There is a sharing of person itself.
They have become blood brothers blood brothers and almost all of us who used to go to the movies with little boys. I used to go was a little 10-year-old boy on Saturday morning we get 1/4 able to go down to see the cereals and always enjoy seeing the Lone Ranger and Tonto to Masonic watch those movies and all show the white man would get off in Indian territory and he did in real difficulty in finding he made friends with the Indians, who were the enemies, then the Indian would say, will you become blood brother what they would do you remember how they would cut the wrist and mingle her blood like that smoke peace pipe in all this, they had become blood brothers now that reach back to antiquity, and in a sense, that is really what happened here with David and Jonathan.
They made a covenant as we going to see now when these people entered into covenant. They had a new attitude, one toward another. This attitude is called in the Bible loving kindness, loving kindness now we use the word lovingkindness very loosely is very beautiful. Word has nice sound to it, but scholars tell us that the word lovingkindness. The name lovingkindness is an attitude that is to be shown to someone with whom you have a blood covenant is really a blood covenant word. Another word is the word friend which is a blood covenant word we use the word friend very lightly, but the word friend is not really truly meant to be very lightly sometimes I get what I call junk mail from made an insurance company or whatever and they began to to say, dear friend. That's the way the start they will even know you may even misspell your name one radio Angela sends me a letter once a month written to dear Dr. Boettcher's class truth. I get interisland or not it is right is right to Dr. modules five now I don't know me but I'm dear to them so they say. And I will use the word friend so ran the word friend is not meant to be used lightly. People who were in blood covenant one with the other had a relationship and they will call Foran's have you read the Scripture bears a friend that sticks closer than a brother that means that if you are in a blood covenant with someone your relationship to that person is closer your duties and responsibilities that person are understood to be closer than your duties and responsibilities even do a brother of the flesh bears a friend.
Let's take a closer than a brother. Indeed, blood brothers now. Keeping that in mind, let's go back and look at these verses that we just read here in first Samuel chapter 18 beginning in verse one again and it came to pass, when he made an end of speaking of the solvent so Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul and took him that day and would let him go no more home to his father's house and saw that day and then those verse three and Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the role that was upon him, and gave it to David. Here is a sharing of possessions and his garments, even to his word and to his bow, and to his girdle. Here is a sharing of protection. It's Jonathan's way of saying to David David from now on your battles on my battle and you can count on me to be a loyal soldier by your side. But not only was there a a sharing of all possessions and protection.
There was a sharing of personhood itself. Look again in verse three, and Jonathan David made a blood covenant because he loved him as his own soul, that is, as is self as yourself are sharing a person who you could not have had a deeper commitment.
Then Jonathan and David made one to the other this day. Now they made the covenant and then what happened was this.
Saul becomes more and more insanely jealous of David. Look, for example, if you will in chapter 19 verses wanted to and Saul speak to Jonathan his son and to all his service that they should kill the now all of the desires of the kingdom, and all ambitions of the kingdom, and all programs of the kingdom are brought into one learning focus because Saul is insane with rage.
He's eaten up with empty his decree goes out to everyone. David and David is hunted like a wild out the lives and holes in caves away from friends and family, but Jonathan is more loyal to David. Now that he is even to his own father and look if you will, in verse two, but Jonathan Saul son delighted much in David, and Jonathan told David say Saul my father seek to kill me now therefore I pray they take heed to myself until the morning, and abide in the secret place and hide myself there's a sense in which Jonathan is guilty of treason treason against the king's loyalty to his own father, but yet he has a higher relationship now and takes David sign and he comes to David's aid because they are now blood brothers finally. However, Jonathan and Saul had been slain by the Philistines, and there now. And God has seen to it that David is anointed has become king over Israel and seceding up messages that will preach will talk about David becoming king because the many wonderful lessons to learn, but let's just go forward in the material quite a bit and second Samuel chapter 9 David is a full-grown man he has become the king over all Israel. He now has virtually unlimited power as a king night he goes into the palace. He's ready to take over and ask a question look at it in second Samuel nine verse one. And David said, is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, let me just stop right in the middle of a sentence and say I imagine when David asked that question. Is there any left of the house of Saul, that all of those people who were there that I wondered when the purge would begin.
I wondered when David would start to take vengeance on his enemies. He's going go to root out the last vestige of the family of Saul and persecute them to the data antibiotic to the way they hounded him the way they thought him the way they sought for his life. They were not prepared for the rest of the question. Look at it and David said, is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake because you see when a man entered into covenant with another man not only did he enter into covenant with that man. But he also entered in the covenant with the relatives, the children, the offspring of that man and David knew that he was in a blood covenant with Jonathan and so he says, is there any left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan say numbers to now there was of the house of Saul a servant servant whose name was.
I'm and when they had called him under David, the king said to him thousand and he said by servitors.
He had the king said, is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness of God and to him enzyme facet of the game.
Jonathan had a son which is lame on his feet and the king said to him, where is he enzyme facet of the king, behold, he is in the house of major son of MEL in loading bar that David sent, and fetched him out of the house of major son of MEL from loading bar. Now when were to be shipped the sum of Jonathan, the son of Saul was, David fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, and he answered, behold, by servitors. Now here's what happened when the kingdom of Saul fell and went. Saul and Jonathan were slain when it was obvious that David Saul's enemy was going to be king that was blind panic in the household. Saul everybody started to flee, going into the houses and taking things out there hiding their possessions they know there's going to be a complete change of the new regime was a nurse there who was given the job of taking care of all king. Saul's grandson Jonathan saw a little baby name Michelle. If you're fixing to have a baby looking for good name that's a good name and Saul this was the name of a little baby mother facet and the baby was in the nursery. Now this nurse thinking that perhaps the baby would be harmed because the baby was Saul's grandson ran into the nursery, picked up a little baby and ran out with a little baby to hide. She was in such a panic in such a hurry that she stumbled and fell with the baby in her arms and the great weight of her body crushed that baby beneath her and the little babies legs were hopelessly main goal in that fall and the baby from that time alone was lame in its feet and could never walk without the aid of crutches as he pulled his dead limbs behind this little baby was quick. Now the nurse took the baby to hide out a place on the backside of nowhere called loading bar and the name itself means a place of no pasture that is a dark, dingy, dusty, dirty hideaway and I can just in my minds eye I see this old nurse raising that little baby out there and saying to the baby, you have an enemy.
Your enemy is David, you must continually hide from David. No one must know that you're here, you must keep your whereabouts secret and I know this is a dingy place. I know this is a dirty place.
I know this is a sterile place, a place of no pasture is the only way that you can continue to live and so you must stay here and there is a little cramped in exile.
He grew up leaving dust, dragging his dead limbs behind him tearing David and hating David at all time. He was tearing David and all the time he was hating David he was in a blood covenant relationship with David. Now David takes the initiative. David asked is there anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God him servant spoke up, whose name was Ivan. He said all yes I know enzyme are somehow was privy to the fact as to where the ship was and he told King David about this young man who had now grown up as a cripple living out there in this hideout and so David said getting and bring them to me and so the king's entourage goes out there.
He drags himself to the window looks out PCs looking soldiers coming he sees the king's chariot. He sees the royal guard thinks this is it. Michelle, yes, where the king David requires it, and they take him away.
He comes into the palace.
He's never even seen the policies lived on the backside of nowhere, he comes in his crutches go to either side and he falls prostrate on the ground in front he's lying there quivering like a trapped animal. He's hoping for mercy that the mercy that he will receive will release with that he will not be tortured, that he will be suddenly killed. That's all you can hope for. He knows the sentence of bear is upon him, and then notice what David says in second Samuel nine verse seven.
And David said to him. Not for I will surely show the kindness for Jonathan thy father say and I will restore the all the land of Saul thy father, and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually and he bowed himself and said, what is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am, just as I don't understand why you would say this to me that she would tell me not to be afraid that you would say you are meeting at your table you want to restore the riches to me opening God will answer songs not because of who I am and he said verse nine. Then the king called design Saul servant 70 him. I have given unto my master son all pertaining to Saul and all his house.
That is everything that belong to Saul now belongs to Bao and my sons and my servants shall, to the land for him.
He has a farm and he's got people to farm before, and thou shalt bring in the fruits of my master's son may have food be shipped by master, son shall eat bread all way at my table. Now Zyban 15 sons and 20 servants and overnight, they all became the servants of this man should this miraculous thing and they also said he is displaced at this particular moment with a decision makers. The decision estimate. He can either refuse the terms of the covenant continue to be an enemy of David and receive the judgment that was due and step outside the covenant or he can personally ratify the covenant and receive the benefits and the blesses all the covenant by God. He made the right decision and so is my commission.
He's sitting there so you know this is wonderful. Yesterday I was I was an outcast and a rebel and inmate today I'm inside a friend yesterday I was in a hideout today I'm in a palace.
Yesterday I bring from a tin cup. Today I drink from the golden chalice last night I slept all matter strong tonight I sleep on silken sheets yesterday. I have nothing today.
I will. I don't understand.
I don't think I know all that goes with it, but I cannot deny and think God, then I am going to in joy and so he just says praise God. David, that's what you want to do is just fine with me. And so here is a great transformation he comes. The next morning I he's asleep there that all those beautiful soft mattresses. Those silken sheets and the servants come in and nudge them gently about 9 o'clock.
Would my Lord, but the just like to rise now is a basin for my Lord Sheth to wash his hands.
Oh my Lord Sheth. The king requires your presence at breakfast.
Would you like to come down to breakfast and chef comes down to breakfast and there is the king's table and came sons and writing the king's right hand is an empty chair with the Lord Sheth be seated there. Please visit beautiful white linen tablecloth covering the table just groaning with good things. Sheth puts his mangled feet beneath that white linen and not even seen it all. He sitting up there from the table.
He looks like everybody else.
Just sitting out there because those things are hidden by God's grace, he sitting there at the table having such a wonderful time after Wiley just a feeling of home and so he says fast biscuits please and David takes the trailer biscuits and passes them on down and as they pass by but the chef looks at David's wrist and David's wrist.
He sees a scar because in these days when they would make a covenant where the wound was they would rub dark powder into it and leave a mark. There was: of the covenant to remind them and to be Sheth sees that scar on David's wrist and he says it's all because of the covenant that my father made with David so long ago. I don't deserve it. I'm not certain I understand completely but I'm not going to deny unless God I'm going to enjoy coming up tomorrow here on love with finding will hear part two of this important message but maybe as you glisten today you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you. How to begin a relationship with God through Christ. We invite you to our discovered Jesus paid that the website LWF.org/radio find resources and materials there that can answer questions you may have about your faith again. Click discovered Jesus when you go to LWF.org/radio You like to order a copy of today's message. You can call us at 1877 love God mentioned the title the blood covenant. This message is also part of the insightful series live like a king for the complete collection all 12 powerful messages. You can call 877 love God or order firstname.lastname@example.org/radio or write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183. Thank you for studying God's word with us today if you'd like to start receiving daily devotions and links to our program sign up for our daily heartbeat emails LWF.org/radio join us tomorrow for the conclusion of the blood covenant on love is an encouraging message the listener posted on her Facebook will recently want to know my favorite message from Pastor Rogers. He wrote all of them.
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