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(1 Sam 17:40)  And he [David, “kings” Rev 1:6; 5:10: the Judah Company – a type of Jesus Christ] took his staff in his hand [for walking, striking, guiding, divining, correction: rod, staff (of life – the Bible), normally held in his right hand, but now transferred to his left hand to prepare his right hand for action], and chose him [selected, indicating discernment and maturity] five smooth stones [“lively stones” 1 Pet 2:5 “living stones” NKJV: “apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher” Eph 4:11 – “priests” Rev 1:6; 5:10:  the Benjamin Company] out of the brook [running water, symbolizing the power of Holy Spirit – with his right hand of action – whirling circular motion, signifying the opening of the sixth seal (Rev 6:12), and first sealing the 144,000 (Rev 7:4) and secondly “after this” the sealing of “a great mulitude” (Rev 7:9)], and put them in a shepherd's bag [the True Church, the Body of Christ, i.e. containers, “vessels” (Mat 13:48] which he had, even in a scrip [for gleanings, pointing toward THE COMPLETE HARVEST]; and his sling was in his [right] hand [power]: and he drew near [i.e. David crossed the water] to the Philistine [Goliath].

1.       staff = Heb: mean. appar. to germinate; a shoot, i.e. stick (for walking, striking, guiding, divining): rod, ([hand-]) staff.

2.       germinate = Dict: 1. to begin to grow or develop. 2. Bot. a. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, or as a spore, bulb, or the like. b. to sprout; put forth shoots.

3.       (Luke 13:18,19)  Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

4.       (Isa 11:1-10)  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch [in the sense of greenness] shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove [correct] with equity [a level: straightness, justice] for the meek [humble] of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins [the loins (as the seat of vigor)]. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid [young goat]; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling [stall-fed: fat cattle] together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp [adder: Dict: a small venomous snake], and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' [viper’s: Dict: a venomous serpent’s] den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

5.       (Luke 23:26-34)  And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon [hearing], a Cyrenian [a region of Africa], coming out of the country, and on him they laid [to impose] the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green [wet (as if with rain), i.e. sappy] tree, what shall be done in the dry [(scorching); arid; earth (as opposed to water): withered]?  And there were also two other, malefactors [evil-doers], led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

6.       rod = Heb: a branch (as extending); fig. a tribe; also a rod, whether for chastising (fig. correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff; fig. a support of life, e.g. bread): rod, staff, tribe /// to stretch or spread out. [the staff of life, i.e. the Bible, the Word of God]

7.       scepter = Dict: 1. a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power. 2. royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty. 3. to give a scepter to; invest with authority.

8.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God, the Bible] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

9.       The Lord Jesus Christ is that staff/rod/scepter/great tree (Bible) that we lean on and depend on for walking, striking, guiding, divining, and correction. In this present dispensation, He is “Emmanuel” (God with us: Mat 1:23) which has come down from Heaven with “forgiveness” (the action) in His right hand for our sins. This staff of life was never set down to be apart from David, but was in a sense transferred to David’s left hand, still fully in his possession, when God used David as His instrument, and set in motion the sling of the action (whirling circular motion) of “judgment” (the action) in David’s right hand.

10.   (Rev 2:26-29)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron [the Bible, the Word of God in judgment]; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.



Through the Grace of God we have previously learned that each of these three, David, his sling, and the five smooth stones represent men in the downward natural sense, but each of these three is also in the upward spiritual sense an instrument of God. A closer examination will reveal the three aspects of the Trinity working together through men. David (in the flesh) is an instrument of Jesus Christ who came in the flesh. The sling (whirling circular motion) is an instrument of the power of the Holy Spirit presently being “restrained” (2 Thes 2:6,7 NKJV) by Jesus Christ for the remainder of this present dispensation of “forgiveness.” The five smooth stones are “living stones” (1 Pet 2:5 NKJV) or ministers who are being prepared (i.e. increasing in godly power) “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” soon to be used by God to go forth (Joel 2:1-11) as His instruments to effect His “judgment” upon the world.


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