King David a mighty man of God.
A faithful Shepard boy became a king who was promised an everlasting kingdom. “Then Samuel took a horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mighty upon David from that day forward. Then Samuel arose and went to Ramah” (1 Samuel 16:13)
David, a man with a heart for God, prophesied of the Christ who would come and is also remembered for his sins. Before we begin with things to come I would share some history that occurred by a special pool and set the record straight.
The Pool of Siloam and the Son of David
Three Biblical events are connected to where I’m standing. I use to think there were four. This is where Jesus’ disciples saw a man blind from birth. They assumed that sin caused his blindness and asked Jesus, “Who sinned?” Jesus told them no one had, he was born blind “so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) He then told them “we must work the works” of God while we have the light of day. “Night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
Until that night comes each of us have been equipped to do the work of God, so that His works are displayed. We are His workmanship on display to the world around us. Amazing, I know.
“When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with saliva; and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:6-7)
During the Feast of Tabernacles the high priest went to the Pool of Siloam. He would bring a golden vessel and fill it with water. Taking it back to the temple the water was poured out at the side of the altar as the people chanted Psalms 113-118. The ritual was said to be symbolic of a prophet’s words, “Therefore you will joyfully pour water from the springs of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)
This was done every day for the first seven days of the feast, but not on the eighth day. “Now on the last day, The great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But his He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)
Now that Jesus has been glorified anyone who thirsts can come to Him and receive God’s Spirit. He is the water we joyfully pour “from the springs of salvation.”
Some have said King David saw Bathsheba bathing there.
Strange how we can assume things that the word of God doesn’t say. The Pool of Siloam was constructed by King Hezekiah. (2 Chronicles 32:4-6) In preparation for an enemy siege an underground tunnel was built from the city of David to gather water from the Gihon Spring in the Kidron Valley. That happened nearly 300 years after King David’s reign. Like the tale of the apostle Paul falling off of his horse we sometimes assume things that are not true. Before beginning with David’s prophecies I needed to correct an assumption that I had made and have passed along to others. Bathsheba wasn’t bare there.
To be continued.