Read: 2 Samuel 20:14-22:20; Acts 1:1-26; Psalm 121:1-8; Proverbs 16:18
God never forgets an injustice. When there was a famine, there was always a reason. David understood this and asked God what the reason was for the famine. God told him it was something Saul had done which had cursed the nation. It was up to David to atone for Saul’s sin. Saul had recklessly killed the Gibeonites without doing a study of their history. They had helped the Israelites when they came out of Egypt and were to be forever their friend. So David went to them and asked them what they would want to make things right. They did not want to be bought, they wanted justice. They wanted seven of Saul’s sons to kill. Seven means completion and that was what would complete their case. David agreed but saved Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. The seven sons of Saul died in the season of passover. They hung on crosses on a hill to cover the sin of their ancestor at the same time that Jesus died on a cross to cover the sin of the world. Rizpah which means “glowing” took sackcloth and spread it on a rock to keep the birds of the air from eating their flesh. She did this until the rain began to fall. This is a picture of the glowing angels that folded Jesus linen grave cloth on the rock grave to keep Satan from devouring Jesus flesh. The vultures in Jesus story were the scribes and Pharisees. David then buried Saul and Jonathan’s bones in a grave. It was then that God was satisfied. When God gives us a task to do, we are to carry it through to the end. He will not allow us to keep strings untied lest we trip and fall.
The rain we read about in the Old Testament was a picture of the rain of the Holy Spirit that we read today in the New Testament. It came 50 days after Passover. It was give to give the disciples power to be witnesses. Jesus told them about this again as he rose up into heaven. Two angels told them that Jesus would come back the same way he left…in a cloud. The disciples left for Jerusalem and went into an upper room where they hid out waiting for this promise to come.
Lord, rain down your Holy Spirit on your people today.