Missiology Through Scripture – 2 Samuel 5:2

“In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” – 2 Samuel 5:2

David united the divided kingdom under one sovereign. In doing so he fulfilled his prophetic calling. The first part of the verse references David’s past military conquests and demonstrates God’s great power over his elect and those who wish to do them harm. In Israel’s great military successes, the nearly unexplainable victories over their enemies foreshadow the true king who will provide eternal salvation for his elect under even greater odds.

Like Christ, David was not put in place to advance his personal agenda. Both Christ and his forefather, David, were called forth to bring God’s elect closer to the Lord. John Wesley said, “This expression he useth to admonish David, that he was not made a king to advance his own glory, but for the good of his people; whom he ought to rule with all tenderness, and to watch over with all diligence.”[1] King David was not a king after God’s own heart, because he was a great warrior. David was a prolific king because God empowered him to advance the elect of the Lord.

As David’s military might pointed forward to Christ’s merciful salvation, so too does our earthly works point toward the glory of Jesus Christ. David was not chosen by God because he had military might, he had military might because he was chosen by God. Disciples of Christ will also find great success due to the might of the one they have been called to serve.

Any missionary, evangelist, or pastor who reaps a great harvest from his actions does so because the Lord has prepared the soil, and brought forth great reward. No matter what earthly abilities and skills we possess, we succeed in calling the lost home, only because of the perfect will of the one who calls us to labor. Go forward in humility and confidence knowing the one who prepared you for battle also empowered you for victory.

 

[1] John Wesley, Explanatory Notes upon the Old Testament, vol. 2 (Bristol: William Pine, 1765), 1009.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20.

Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism.

His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement.

He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike’s articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies.

Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike’s articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies.

From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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