A BIG PICTURE OF THE CHURCH WITHOUT CHRIST, RECEIVING CHRIST (part 1)
12-08-19 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the video, audio, and study notes are archived.
God is Thought. The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines,
our building blocks, our Godly thoughts laid one upon another, ascending into the mind of Christ.
PAINTING “THE BIG PICTURE”
(1 Sam 17:1-3) Now the Philistines [Heb: rolling, migratory /// to roll (in dust): (wallow) self] gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah [Heb: celebrated /// hold out the hand], and pitched [Heb: encamped] between Shochoh [Heb: entwined, shut in] and Azekah [Heb: tilled] [i.e., plowed], in Ephesdammim [Heb: boundary of blood drops]. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley [Heb: a vale (a broad depression)] of Elah [Heb: an oak or other strong tree] [a type and shadow of the cross], and set the battle in array [Heb: in order] against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain [i.e., representing the accumulated thoughts (power) of their belief system] on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain [i.e., representing the accumulated thoughts (power) of their belief system] on the other side: and there was a valley [Heb: a gorge (from its lofty sides) /// exaltation; fig. arrogance: pride] between them [i.e, separating them (just like the present Democrats and Republicans)].
THE ARMOR OF GOLIATH
(1 Sam 17:4-7) And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath [a type and shaow of the Antichrist] , of Gath , whose height was six cubits and a span [about 12 feet tall] [think “pride”]. And he had an helmet [a head protector of worldly thoughts] of brass [Heb: filthiness] [a symbol of sin]  upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail [Heb: (as composed or covered with jointed plates of metal)]; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass [Heb: filthiness]. And he had greaves [Heb: shin guards] of brass [Heb: filthiness] upon his legs, and a target [Heb: shield] of brass [Heb: filthiness] between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield [the fake news media] went before him [1 Sam 17:41].
1. Goliath = Heb: exile /// to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense), reveal (captives being usually stripped): uncover. [exiled, i.e., fallen angels]
2. Gath = Heb: (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or a vat for pressing grapes).
3. brass = Heb: copper; fig. base (as compared with gold or silver): brasen, filthiness. [i.e., sin]
(1 Sam 17:8-11) And he [Goliath] stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul?  choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed [Heb: broken down, in confusion and fear], and greatly afraid.
1. Commentary: King Saul symbolizes the preferred church of the people and a “big-picture” view of attempting to work your way to Heaven.
(1 Sam 17:12-15) Now David [Heb: loving] [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ] was the son of that Ephrathite [Heb: fruitfulness, another name for Bethlehem] of Bethlehemjudah [Heb: house of bread] [hold out the hand], whose name was Jesse [Heb: extant /// to stand out; exist or existing] [a type and shadow of Father God]; and he had eight sons [the number “eight” symbolizes a new beginning]: and the man went among men for an old man [in the image of wisdom and understanding] in the days of Saul [Heb: asked] . And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab [Heb: God of his father] the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab [Heb: father of generosity], and the third Shammah [Heb: ruin; consternation: astonishment, desolation, waste]. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. But David went and returned [Heb: turned back] from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
1. (Acts 13:9) Then Saul, (who also is called Paul [Gk: little],) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him
a. Commentary: Another Big Picture: an interesting contrast may be drawn between the religious career of Saul (big) with the religious career of Paul (little).
(1 Sam 17:16-18) And the Philistine [Goliath] drew near morning [at 9 am prayer time] and evening [at 3 pm prayer time], and presented himself forty days [a Bible symbol of “testing”]. And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge [Heb: a token of (their) safety].
(1 Sam 17:19-22) Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper [a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit], and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage [Heb: stuff] in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
(1 Sam 17:23-26) And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion [the national representative of his nation, or president], the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words [he had previously spoken for perhaps the last 40 days]: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man [Goliath (interesting that he should be referred to as a “man” rather than a “giant”)], fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said [to each other], Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach [Heb: disgrace, shame] from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised [unsaved] Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
(1 Sam 17:27-31) And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride [psychological projection], and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
(1 Sam 17:32-37) And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him [Goliath]; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear , and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him [the lion], and delivered it [the lamb] out of his mouth: and when he [the bear] arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
1. (Rev 13:1,2) And I [John] stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast [Gk: a dangerous animal: (venomous, wild) beast] rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
a. Commentary: What is the most powerful seat of authority in the world?
Ps. All the really good revelatory stuff happens in part 2., “war” perhaps next week.