This blog is bloody. It’s about bloodstains, death, buzzards and hangings…ugh, I know… but the message needs to go forth. It’s one of those messages that will have you saying, “Lord G-d why is this happening in my life?”
“Then there was A FAMINE in the days of David THREE years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, IT IS FOR SAUL, AND FOR HIS BLOODY HOUSE, and BECAUSE HE SLEW THE GIBONITES” 2 Samuel 21:1…
Famine happens in our land but we don’t notice it much anymore. We don’t have to wait until June to sink our teeth into ripe, red watermelons or peaches or pears…we have fake, sprayed, unhealthy foods to choose from year round. We have water sources to spray our grounds with and even genetically modified seeds…But back in the day the land became dry and cracked and the harvest was little, if any and the people looked up at the sky and waited, then they searched their hearts and inquired to Him. I can remember going to tent meetings when I was a young girl and all the men and women crying out for rain because we were in a drought.
David probably wasn’t too concerned the first year of famine. He probably was getting a better take the second year and by the third year he realizes that there is sin somewhere in the land. THE LAND CRIES OUT. It always has, whether it’s with earth quakes or typhoons, or even landslides, it cries. The animals cry and even take on a sickly look. ABLES BLOOD CRIED FROM THE GROUND… Perhaps you’ve been in a famine for a few years…
David inquired and he got an answer that could perplex a person…Saul is dead and yet the famine is happening due to his sins even after his death! Wow!
David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And how can I make ATONEMENT that you may BLESS the inheritance of the LORD?”…
“Atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it” (Numbers 35:33).
The land was thirsty…thirsty for blood.
WHAT I AM GETTING READY TO TELL YOU IS SERIOUS!
First of all why would David have to appease a pagan people like the Gibeonites? Well it seems back in the book of Joshua chapter 9 this happened, “…the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to deception to save themselves…. They told Joshua and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant land to ask you to make a peace treaty with us.”
So then we read something very important, something my husband and I have had multiple conversations about recently, JOSHUA MADE AN OATH, A COVENANT WITH THESE GIBEONITES…Have you made a promise to someone that you didn’t keep? Did you bring a person into a covenant with you and now you wish you hadn’t agreed to let them in?
Joshua 9:15; “And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore unto them.” The promise was that Israel and the Gibeonites would live together in PEACE and never WAR against each other.
However, SAUL WENT CRAZY AND SLAUGHTERED THE GIBEONITES AND THE PRIEST of The Lord AND WHOEVER got in his way…I’m going to say this and I hope you listen…IF YOU HAVE A COVENANT OR AGREEMENT WITH SOMEONE, YOU BETTER MAKE THINGS RIGHT!
King David wants to make things right. He is now King and he has inherited not just the title but the dry parched sins of the previous ruler. What kind of mess are we leaving for future generations to clean up?
Then the Gibeonites said to him, “We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.” And he said, “I will do for you whatever you say.” So they said to the king, “The man who consumed us and who planned to EXTERMINATE US from remaining within any border of Israel, LET SEVEN MEN FROM HIS (Saul’s) SONS BE GIVEN TO US, and we will hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD.” And the king said, “I will give them.”…
Saul’s sons are having to suffer because of their fathers sins…SAUL’S SONS ARE GOING TO HANG BECAUSE OF HIS BLOODSHED…Funny how our sins seem to trickle down and affect those we love the most…
King David handed him 7 sons of Saul except Jonathans son and the Gibeonites slew them and hung them before the Lord…These 7 were put to death right before the barley harvest.
It happened at the beginning of Barley Harvest which is Passover.
The most compelling gripping part of this story IS ONE WOMAN! Her name is Rezin…According to the Bible these men hung for months.
Deuteronomy 21:23 say if you hang someone, “His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) THAT THY LAND BE NOT DEFILED, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. It seems land has more depth to it than many realize.
Yeshua / Jesus hung on a tree and his body was taken down and prepared for burial and was buried, not these 7 men whose father slaughtered the Gibeonites…These 7 men had a father who was anointed by the greatest prophet Samuel and raised up and crowned king, BUT NOW HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SINS THAT HAVE REACHED HIS SONS…and while their bodies decay something happens…
“And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took SACKCLOTH, and spread it for her on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped on them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. 2nd Samuel 21:10
WHEN A BUZZARD, VULTURE OR BLACK BIRD CAME TO PICK THE FLESH OF HER SEED SHE SWOOOED THEM AWAY AND COVERED HER SELF IN THE ROUGH SACKCLOTH, HUDDLED UP UNDER A ROCK, KEEPING WATCH FOR MONTHS UNTIL drops of water fell on her and the land…DAVID FOUND OUT AND TOOK THEIR BODIED DOWN AND GAVE THEM A PROPER BURIAL along with Saul’s bones and Jonathan’s.
I have a question for you…How bad do you want the first drops of rain to fall in your life? What will you do to get the KINGs attention? It’s almost Passover, swat them buzzards away…tell them to get off your sons, your daughters…cry out for the cracked dry land in your life! Wait upon The Lord, I say wait….