I’ve been on the verge of something for quite sometime. No, I’m not talking about the blog, I’m talking about myself now. It’s quite interesting actually, and well, finally broke out to me while I was listening to a message sometimes last week. So, let me just go straight to the point.
Now, I’m going to be reviewing the role and place of the King, Priest and Prophet basically from the Old Testament’s perception. Okay? So, kings were the earthly and visual representation of God to the people of Israel. Right? I mean, God would lead them himself but they demanded for a king. To tell you the kings were in the place of being a physical representation of God, leading the people and instituting the order of God that has been often times been related to them (by the priests and prophets) .
However, the kings couldn’t do it on their own. Therefore, the priests were needed. The priests were the earpiece of the kings. While the kings were the leader figure representation of God, the priests were the ones behind the kings, helping the kings connect to God and relaying back to the kings. The priests are the spiritual figure and standard of God. They offered sacrifices and stood on behalf of the king and the people.
The prophets were a phenomenal people. Throughout the books, prophets were randomly chosen and selected to tap into the realm of God that every other person could not tap into, so as to know and declare the heart, word and order of God. People did not become prophets as an ancestral or lineage right. Kings and priests were born and became so in this way, but not the prophets. The prophets were there for correction, rebuke and declaring the correct order of God.
Now, before I proceed, there was one person that totally defied this order. Yeah, that guy. Yeah, I’m talking about David. I believe it should be already clearly known by now that David operated a new Testament order. He was a King, Priest and Prophet. Okay, let me just say at this point there’s going to be a second post to this one.
How come David was a King, Priest and Prophet? First, even the order in which he became king was unusual. God had to break the flow of sons reigning in their father’s stead and anoint by the hands of Samuel a boy from the backside of nowhere as king. His family or lineage didn’t fall under that kingship lineage at all. God was going to operate a new Testament order with David, so he had to break that old order when it came to David. In the normal order, Jonathan was supposed to be king after Saul, but that was not the case.
Actually, the same thing happened with Saul, but God was not up to the same thing he was up to with David. God had to make Saul king when the people of Israel would not adhere to God, and were hellbent on having a man-king immediately. Saul didn’t come as a result of God’s good and acceptable will, but David was. Saul was only a king, never was a priest and definitely not a prophet. He did prophesy (once) but he was not a prophet. He prophesied among the company of prophets which was a sign unto himself and also unto the people that he was the elect of the Lord as king (1Samuel 10:5-11).
So, moving on from that. David as a prophet. I believe we all know that the book of Psalms is full of prophecies. Tons and tons of them. Too many in fact. David was not as it were referred to as a prophet, but he was one. The whole book of Psalms proves that. There are also particular places in the new Testament that quotes David’s prophecies and how they have been fulfilled. The more reason isn’t it? If you ask me, I think this has turned out to be more like a Bible study 😄. Isn’t it?
Lastly, we come to the priestly part of David. You know, before I proceed, I’ll like you to know that some other kings tried to function as priests, and well, the repercussion was huge. Consider Saul who went on to make offerings without waiting for Samuel to come perform the rites and his kingdom was taken from him. Consider Uzziah who went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense which was the role of the priests and had not even done so when the Lord struck him with leprosy and was made to dwell separately and also cut off from the house of the Lord all the days of his life.
Kings had trespassed in that manner, trying to or actually doing what was only rightful for the priests to do and they had received great judgements. Now, we see Jesus referring to David…
And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
… that when David was hungry, he entered into the temple (during the time when Abiathar was the hight priest) and did eat of the shewbread that was lawful for the priests alone to eat. That was something he was not even meant to touch not to talk of eat, but he did eat of it, and watch this… he even gave those that were with him also to eat. I mean, that’s in the same line with what those other kings did and if we were to look at it naturally, it was even greater than the offence of most of the other kings that were greatly punished. The same line of act was what David did, and note this; Jesus relayed it to prove a point. Also, he relayed that it was unlawful for any other person to eat of it except the priests. I was reading this and just heard the H.S tell me straightforward; “he did eat of it cos he was a priest”. Naturally, in the normal order, he was not a priest, but I’ve been pointing out how that David was working in a new Testament order. So, he was not a priest according to the old Testament order but the new. If it was lawful for priests only to eat of the shewbread, and he did eat of it, then, he did eat of the shewbread as a priest.
Something more interesting is that he brought also the people that were with him into that order even if they were not fully aware of it. Even more interesting is the fact that the first time David actually ate of the shewbread was during the time Ahimelech was the high priest, when he was running from Saul, and it was Ahimelech; the high priest then that gave David only of the shewbread to eat (1Samuel 21:1-6). So, actually the time Jesus was referring to was the second time he was eating of the shewbread, which was when Abiathar (the son of Ahimelech) was the high priest.
Wow! That’s just wonderful. I don’t know if you ever considered David in this manner, but I believe you should now. He was the only one who operated in those three dimensions. The King-Priest-Prophet dimension. Never was there any man in the old Testament who operated in that same realm. Samuel was phenomenal too, but he was only priest and prophet. He judged over the people of Israel but was never a king unto them. He judged as a priest and he was also a prophet. That’s all!
Yeah, I know. The post is getting too long, and I’m not even close to the conclusion yet. Again, we’re journeying to the new Testament man. This comes in the second post in the series. I believe you’re very expectant of the sequel. I know I am.
P. S: The sequel shouldn’t be as much of Bible study as this was….but, you gotta say, Bible studies are great ;). In case you’ve been wondering, that’s how the ‘revs’ come 😄. The H.S doesn’t start talking to you about something you know nothing about.
Read the sequel of this post also; King Priest Prophet II