DAVID ~ KING OF JUDAH AND ISRAEL
“I have found David, the son of Jesse; a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22)
“I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed Him, with whom My hand shall be established; Also, My arm shall strengthen him…Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever and My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also I will make to endure forever and his throne as the days of heaven.” (Psalm 89:20-29)
“I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
“I, being upon the seat of David to which I was betrothed, will, by God’s charity, watch over you.” (Sandford,1955)
King Tafari Makonnen
3rd April 1930
JAH! RAS TAFARI! HAILE SELASSIE I!
Blessed Love, here we are in this wonderful month of Anbassa, (lion), the first month of our heritage year of 90HIM and thanks to JAH for its opening with the celebration of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie 1st as King of kings, truly this is a time of blessing. It is also a time to give thanks to the Most High for this wonderful and eternal heritage, that He has bestowed upon I n I Rastafari. This blessing has come, as JAH says, in the scripture, through a “man after My own heart.” (Acts 13:22)
So, to the glory of Jah Rastafari let us give honour to King David, the first “Elect of God” and for I n I posterity, let us receive this Davidic empowerment.
King David Prophecy
“Envoys will come out of Egypt, Ethiopia will quicky stretch out her hands to God.” (Psalm 68:31, KJV) After this prophecy, Ethiopia first stretched out her hand to God when the Queen of Sheba, Makeda of Ethiopia visited David’s son, Solomon, who was then king (1 Kings 10:1-10) Together they produced a son (Kebre Negast “Glory of the Kings”) who became king of Ethiopia Menelik 1st. He was the first of the line of Solomonic and Davidic kings of Ethiopia all the way to His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie 1st.
The Promise of God to David through Nathan the prophet
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body and I will establish his kingdom.” He shall build a house for My name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever…And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” (2 Samuel 7:12-16)
In the fulfilling of this prophecy King David’s son Solomon built the first temple to the glory of God (1 Kings 6:11-14) and it was David’s spiritual offspring Yesus Kristos Who established the throne of His kingdom forever (St Luke 1:30-33)
The glory of this prophecy
The kings of Ethiopia and the Solomonic dynasty became kings of Christ, kings of the “Kingdom of Forever”, Root of David;
“The LORD has sworn in truth to David, He will not turn from it. I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. If your sons will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach him, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.” (Psalm 132:11-12) So be it!
KING DAVID, THE FIRST “ELECT OF GOD”
Now to King David the first “Elect of God” and the way forward for kings and nations. He was the first kingly shepherd of the sheep to bring his people restoration and increase to the glory of God. Life is about or should be about, restoration and increase to the glory of God.
Restoration ~ Mankind is a fallen being and must be restored in life to become a new creation (St. John 3:3-5)
To the glory of God ~ All is done in love and to the glory of Jah Rastafari! (St Matthew 22:35-40)
The Coming of David
First Israel Rejects God as their King ~ 1 Samuel 8:4-7 NKJV
Israel had rejected God as their king and instead requested to have a man rule over them, this man was called Saul who became the first king of Israel, but not elect of God:
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So, Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
Then Saul is chosen to be king ~ 1 Samuel 10:19-21 NKJV
19 But you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, ‘No, set a king over us!’ Now, therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”
20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen.
21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen…”
Finally, Saul is rejected as king by God ~ 1 Samuel 15:18-19,24-28 NKJV
18 Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’
19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?” …
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.”
26 But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
27 And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.
28 So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbour of yours, who is better than you.
David is Anointed to become the First Spirit-Empowered “Elect of God” ~ 1 Samuel 16:1-3 NKJV
1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me”. But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”
4 So Samuel did what the Lord said and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
8 So Jesse called Aminadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”
11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep”. And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So, Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
David Brings Restoration and Increase to the Glory of God
Young David brought restoration to Israel in restoring the faith of God to them. For they feared the boast, threat and blasphemy of Goliath, the Philistine giant, who defied the armies of Israel as they shrunk in fear. But David the “Elect of God” came against the giant and slew him with a sling and a stone. David’s only sword was the sword of faith and confidence (1 Samuel 17:1-52)
1 The Spirit of JAH was with David and with his strong faith and heart he overcame all his trials, for nothing could stop the sovereign will and promise of the Almighty and so David eventually became King of Judah and all Israel with the Lord commanding him to “shepherd My people Israel” (2 Samuel 5:1-5)
2 King David went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who were the inhabitants of the land. The Jebusites occupied a fortress on the highest hills of Jerusalem, which was to become Zion, for the scripture says, “David took the stronghold of Zion.” So, Zion became the City of David, his new capital in a new time and a new era. (2 Samuel 5:6-12)
To the Glory of God
Eternal Increase ~ David received increase with JAH in an eternal covenant. JAH asked David to build Him a house and He gave a promise to David that His kingdom and throne would be established forever, as we have seen earlier (2 Samul 7:12-16 / Psalm 132:11-12) David’s kingdom and throne has become eternal in Christ and glorified in the name of Haile Selassie 1st to the glory of God. David’s Zion is now an eternal union, church, and city of the Living God, rather than a geographical location. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
Let God be praised, honoured, revered, and glorified in the city of Jah Rastafari. For this is the day, times and fulfilling of restoration and increase to the glory of God. This is the era of HIM and glory of the kings, “Elect of God” Root of David.
Give thanks to JAH Most High for this eternal heritage that is with I n I Rastafari, coming from King David, the first Elect of God” through to the Lion of Judah, we have entered into the glory of Zion, of New Jerusalem life and livity of the soon coming eternal glory (Psalm 87 / Revelation 21:10-11)
The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has prevailed!
O JAH! RAS TAFARI! HAILE SELASSIE I!
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