MARKED BY FIVES! - 1 Samuel 21:1-6

Shabbat Shalom all,

Day 42 of the counting to Shaḇu’ot! That means in 8 days’ time we shall be celebrating the Feast of Shaḇu’ot – the Bread Feast, as we recognise, celebrate and are reminded of how this day pictures for us a ‘receiving’ of His Word into our hearts, and so it is with great joy and expectancy that we come together as a unified body with continued expectation for His infilling of His magnificent presence to be made manifest in all of our lives, as His Spirit equips us to walk in unity, as we allow His Word to mature us, in Him!

This season that we find ourselves in, as we count to 50, we are reminded of how we are to be a “hearing, guarding and doing of the Torah people”, as we diligently allow His word to be worked in and through us, maturing us to become an acceptable wave offering unto Elohim, in the hands of our Mighty High Priest and King, יהושע Messiah.

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 23:18 “For who has stood in the counsel of יהוה, and has seen and heard His word? Who has listened to His word and obeyed it?

Messiah came to open the eyes of the blind and open the ears of the deaf – in Him we are able to hear and see the wonder of His truth and walk faithfully in it. Yirmeyahu asks, “who has listened to His Word and obeyed it?” – and what is a sad picture for us today, is how so many have not listened and therefore unable to obey, or they listen and do not do – hearers of the Word only. Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:22 tells us to become doers of the Word and not just hearers only, lest we deceive ourselves!!! So many are sadly deceived in not doing what they should be hearing, and further shows that they actually have not listened, nor are they interested in listening to the Word of יהוה. The Hebrew word here in Yirmeyahu translated as ‘listened’ is קָשַׁב qashaḇ – Strong’s H7181 and means, to incline (ears), to attend to, pay or give attention to, listen, heed, mark, marked well’. Repeatedly throughout the Scriptures we see the call to ‘listen’ as well as the rebuke for a nation who would not listen, nor give heed to the words of the prophets who called a backsliding people back to the Torah. Some translations have this as ‘paid attention’ – and we know that if people actually paid attention to the Word and did what it actually says, they would not find themselves in the terrible confused mess that they find themselves being consumed in. Most will rather listen and pay attention to what their twisted traditions say – traditions that have been born out of falsified interpretations that are simply designed to satisfy the selfishness of the flesh, rather than submit to and obey the truth of walking according to the Spirit.

The KJV translates this word as ‘marked’ – and I kind of like that  - it says – “… who has ‘marked’ His Word and heard it?”

Those who have ‘marked’ His Word and continue to do so, can speak of one who has an identifying ‘mark’ that distinguishes them from others, in having the distinctive or emphasised character of Messiah, clearly seen in their daily living conduct, as they reveal a loving obedience to the Word as they walk in The Torah.

While we know that the Sabbath shall be a sign between יהוה and us forever and guarding it, by all means, marks us in Him, we also recognise that we are marked in Him by walking according to ALL His commands. In a message tonight called, “MARKED BY FIVES!”, I want to look at a passage of Scripture that carries great prophetic shadow pictures of Messiah, by a great king, who was in one sense marked by 5’s! Please turn with me to Shemuʼěl Aleph/1 Samuel 21:1-6 (Read).

This passage struck me this week, as I looked a little deeper into what this event of Dawiḏ and the eating of the set-apart bread actually pictures for us in proclaiming our Beloved High Priest and King, יהושע Messiah. It was while I was responding to the attack on Sabbath observance that I was led once again to this event. One of the ridiculous reasons that many use as an excuse to not keep Sabbath is that they say that Dawiḏ broke the Sabbath and was blameless!

In Mattithyahu/Matthew 12 we are given the account where יהושע went through the grain fields on the Sabbath and some of His taught ones were hungry and plucked some of the grain and ate – this of course angered the Pharisees, who accused them of breaking the Sabbath, according to their own traditions; to which יהושע responded by referring to this event we have read in Shemuʼěl, and He asks them if they had not read of this account – where Dawiḏ ate bread that only priests were permitted to eat!  Messiah was actually presenting a clear message of who He was by pointing them back to Dawiḏ and this event – yet they were unable to see the Truth contained herein! We see this interaction between Messiah and the Pharisees also being recorded in Luqas/Luke 6 and Marqos/Mark 2 – and in each account we see Messiah proclaiming that “The Son of Aḏam is Master of the Sabbath”. This was a powerful moment in Messiah declaring who He is, yet under the ridiculous veil of vain traditions the Pharisees could not see this Beloved King and Master of the Sabbath who was right before their eyes. The vain traditions of man continue to put a veil over so many today, who are being blinded by deceptive teachings, and sadly cannot see the simplicity of what the Word is revealing to us through the Life, Death and Resurrection of Messiah. Tonight I want to briefly highlight some very powerful insights into this text in Shemuʼěl, as we look at a man who was ‘MARKED BY FIVES!’.

Ok, you may be asking yourself, what do I mean by ‘marked by fives’? Please bear with me, for as we go through this text and look at some powerful revelations, you will understand what I mean!

Dawiḏ, as I am sure you know means, Beloved - דָּוִד  - Strong’s H1732. Now what many might not know, and that is the Name Dawiḏ – as spelt with the three letters:דָּוִד  ‘dalet’ – ‘vav’ – ‘dalet’, in the ancient Script is pictured as follows:

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The letter ‘dalet’ – (ד ) – is pictured as a tent door and represents for us a point of access and the ability to move back and forth through a tent door and it speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access. In the ancient script the word for a servant עֶבֶד eḇeḏ, which we have looked at before, we can see that it speaks of “One who watches at the door of the house” – and as we know – this is what our Master calls us to do – keep watch at the door; and when we consider that יהושע Messiah is The Door, then we further see our need to continually be looking at Him, guarding to do all His commands – and this is how we too keep watch over the House/Body of Messiah!

The letter ‘vav’ – (וִ ) – is pictured as a tent peg and carries the meaning ‘to add, secure, or hook’. It represents for us that which secures, or fastens, as in a nail. And in this we can also see the work of Messiah who nailed to the stake the sentence that was written against us, and therefore speaks of His sacrifice for our sins, giving access into His presence for all who call upon His Name. With the name of Dawit being ‘dalet-vav-dalet’, we see in the ancient script, ‘a tent door a tent pega tent door’ – all representing that which gives access to and secures our access into the Dwelling Place of the Most High! In the design of the Tabernacle there are two doors! There is the ‘gate’ of the courtyard (Shemoth/Exodus 27:16-17) which is the Hebrew word שַׁעַר sha’ar – Strong’s H8179 meaning, gate, door, which covering was made with blue, purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, and has four columns and four sockets. The columns had bands of silver and the hooks were of silver and the sockets were of bronze. The silver represents the redemption price that has been paid for our lives. Then there is the ‘door’ of the Dwelling Place (Shemoth/Exodus 26:36-37) which is the Hebrew word פֶּתַח pethaḥStrong’s H6607 meaning, opening, doorway, entrance, which covering was also made with blue, purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, yet has five columns and five sockets – with the columns beig overlayed with gold and the hooks of gold, and the sockets were also of bronze.

The main difference between the two doors is that the courtyard gate had bands of silver, while the door to the Dwelling Place was overlayed with gold and collectively speak of the fullness of the redeeming work of our King:

Zekaryah/Zechariah 13:9 “And I shall bring the third into fire, and refine them as silver is refined, and try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name, and I shall answer them. I shall say, ‘This is My people,’ while they say, ‘יהוה is my Elohim.’

Why am I sharing this with you? Well here in the name of Dawiḏ, we see the shadow picture of the great redemptive work of our Beloved Redeemer and King, יהושע Messiah, who is the Door and as we come to Him and confess our sins, repent and are immersed in Him through water, and come in through the courtyard Door and accept His sacrifice (pictured through the Slaughter Place),eat the Pěsaḥ Meal, and present our bodies as a daily living sacrifice and are continually cleansed through the washing of His Word (which the bronze laver represents), we have further access, in through the Door of the Dwelling Place as we serve as a royal priesthood, and in His Blood, the veil has been torn (that is His flesh) so that we not only come through the second Door but in doing so are able to boldly come into the Most Set-Apart place to the throne of favour in which we now stand in Messiah who intercedes for us, as our beloved High Priest!

The reason for highlighting this through looking at the name of king Dawiḏ, is so that we can further understand more insight into this event of Dawiḏ and the eating of the showbread.

Dawiḏ was being hunted by king Sha’ul and here in this chapter we see him coming to Noḇ, which was a priestly city which can also carry the meaning of fruitful, flourish, bear fruit, and he came to the priest אֲחִימֶלֶךְ Aḥimeleḵ - Strong’s H288 which means, my brother is king’.

The priest asks Dawiḏ what he is doing there and Dawiḏ in a sense tells him he is on a confidential mission; and in one sense it may have been an act of caution on his part, for he may have assumed that all the priests were loyal to Sha’ul; yet I see a greater shadow picture here in that here we have this king, who while already having been anointed by Shemuʼěl as king, had not yet taken up His Kingly role, for Sha’ul was still on the throne. What would unfold here is a clear shadow picture of the first coming of Messiah, who would come to proclaim the Kingdom, yet not yet come in the capacity as King, but rather as provider, and the Door to the Kingdom. Dawiḏ tells the priest that he had directed his men to such and such a place – which kind of sounds very odd when translated into English as ‘such and such a place’ – which in the Hebrew is – מְקוֹם פְּלֹנִי אַלְמוֹנִי  – ‘meqom peloniy almoniy’ and the root words are as follows: מָקוֹם maqom – Strong’s H489 which means, standing place, home and פְּלֹנִי peloni – Strong’s H6423 which means, a certain one and comes from the root verb פָּלָה palah – Strong’s H6395 which means, to be separated or distinct, distinguished, set-apart and the third word - אַלְמֹנִי almoni – Strong’s H492 which means, someone, a  certain one and comes from the noun אַלְמֹן almon – Strong’s H489 meaning, widowhood which is from the word אָלַם alam – Strong’s H481 meaning, put to silence. Now when we see that he sent his men to ‘such and such a place’, what may at first seem very insignificant, I believe holds a powerful message of redemption and the call to repentance to a forsaken bride, who by her sin had been put to silence, and Her redeemer has now come to call her home!!! This sending his young men with a message of redemption is symbolic of the message of the prophets that have been sent to call a called out nation back to the Torah!

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 44:4 “And I sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, “Please do not do this abominable matter that I hate!

Mattithyahu/Matthew 23:34 “Because of this, see, I send you prophets, and wise men, and scholars of Scripture. Some of them you shall kill and impale, and some of them you shall flog in your congregations and persecute from city to city

These words Messiah said to the hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees after severely rebuking them!

What is clear is that many have been sent with the Kingdom message, and the majority have not listened, nor paid attention!

Then Dawiḏ asks the priest what he had on hand and tells the priest to give him five loaves of bread into his hand, or whatever is found. The priest then responds and tells him that there is ‘ordinary bread’ on hand but only the set-apart bread which was from the showbread table. Here is a powerful shadow picture of the work of Messiah being unfolded right here amidst a time of wickedness under the reign of Sha’ul. The Bread that was given to Dawiḏ and his men was from the showbread table that was replaced each Shabbat, and only permissible for priests to eat, so what then is Dawiḏ picturing for us by this event?

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 24:8-9 “On every Sabbath he is to arrange it before יהוה continually, from the children of Yisra’ĕl – an everlasting covenant. 9 “And it shall be for Aharon and his sons, and they shall eat it in the set-apart place, because it is most set-apart to him from the offerings of יהוה made by fire – an everlasting law.

Dawiḏ, by asking the priest what he had on hand and to put five loaves into his hand, we see a very powerful shadow picture of the change of the priesthood that would take place by Messiah – from the Lĕwitical priesthood to the order of Malkitseḏeq  - The Righteous King! The priest tells him that only the set-apart bread was available – the bread that had been replaced by new fresh bread! The bread on the showbread table was 12 loaves!!! I hope that you can see the link here! Dawiḏ asks for 5 loaves or whatever there was, got the showbread and while we may not know if he got all 12, as the priests had to eat of it too, we certainly see how he symbolically was given 12 into his hand. I am sure that you can all remember the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 – where Messiah took 5 loaves and 2 fish and fed the 5000, after which 12 full baskets of leftovers was gathered up. This miracle of feeding the 5000 and the gathering of the 12 baskets spoke about Messiah, the Bread of Life, who came to fully meet and proclaim the Torah and restore the Covenant with all the 12 tribes of Yisra’ĕl. In this feeding he would have also been pointing back to this event where Dawiḏ ate and supplied food for his men, thus declaring to the crowds that He was in fact the Rod that came forth from the stump of Yishai (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:1)!

This set-apart bread that was brought out from the set-apart place also represents for us Messiah, The Bread of life which came from heaven – and unless we eat of Him we have no part in Him!!!

Another interesting picture we see from the life of Dawiḏ is that, in being a man who I like to say was ‘marked by fives’, is how we can also remember that when he went against Golyath he picked up five smooth stones!!! The word for ‘five’ is חָמֵשׁ ḥamesh – Strong’s H2568 and is related to the word חֲמֻשִׁים ḥamushim – Strong’s H2571 – meaning, in battle array or military formation, as used in:

Shemoth/Exodus 13:18 “So Elohim led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Sea of Reeds. And the children of Yisra’ĕl went up armed from the land of Mitsrayim.

This being armed being, signifies being equipped for battle and its relation to the word ‘five/fives’ pictures for us how the full armour that equips us to stand in Messiah is the Torah.

They came out in an orderly manner, very disciplined and each one in his position, guided under the authority of the instructions of Elohim, as given through Mosheh! There was no chaos! I want to make it clear that there is order in walking according to the Torah of יהוה and we cannot have everyone doing whatever he sees fit to do – there is order, especially as we ‘come out’ of slavery! Just because we have been released from slavery and man’s institutionalised religion it does not give us licence to be lawless!!! On the contrary we have a clearly defined law/instruction as given by our very own Elohim and King! Coming out in ‘fives’ not only signifies order but can also point to the 5 books of Mosheh – the Torah which gives us clear direction and light to our path, but can also fit well in describing the redemption price of the firstborn as five sheqels of silver! Yisra’ĕl had been redeemed and bought at a price!

Dawiḏ was a man of order – ‘marked by fives’ – a man who loved the Torah of Elohim! What is interesting to take note of through the life of Dawiḏ is the 5 stones that he picked up and the 5 loaves that he asked for! A clear picture of showing us the analogy of stones to bread – that is a picture of the commands no longer on stone but on fleshly tablets of our hearts – as we eat of the Bread of life.

After 40 days of being in the wilderness, Messiah was tempted by Satan and as you will recall from:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 4:3-4 “And the trier came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of Elohim, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה.’

We must recognize that Satan knows the Scriptures (at least the letter of the Scriptures) and He was tempting Messiah to prove that He was in fact the expected King from the line of Dawiḏ! Messiah did not fall for this temptation and made it clear that we live by the Word of Elohim and not by bread alone – our life comes from every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה and to disregard the need to live by the Living Words of יהוה, is to disregard life – that the Messiah - Bread/Manna from Heaven came to give us!

The link between bread and stones was a common theme in Scripture, as we also see in the words of Messiah in:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 7:8-9 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. 9 “Or is there a man among you who, if his son asks for bread, shall give him a stone?

Our earnest seeking of the Kingdom and His righteousness will not be met with letters that kill, but rather with life-giving Bread that builds the Dwelling Place of the Most High – and so by these parallel pictures we see between stone and bread and how in Messiah we can overcome the tests and temptations we face every day, and armed in His Torah we can slay the giants that we face, as the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah, and being ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 10:4-6)

As ‘Living Stones’ we do not live according to the decaying traditions of man and lusts of the flesh, but we live by the very Living Word as we eat our daily Bread and share in Messiah’s sufferings now, we can rejoice, in order that we might rejoice exultingly at the revelation of His esteem. (Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 4:13)

As Dawiḏ – may our lives be ‘marked by fives’ – and by that I mean – may we take up the armour of Elohim (His Torah) and walk orderly in Messiah, as we proclaim His Good News to the nations.

Dawiḏ portrayed a great prophetic insights for us, giving us the much needed hope we have in messiah, our Anointed high Priest and soon coming King – and we have the joyful responsibility to be ‘marked by fives’ in our obedient worship amidst a wicked and crooked generation.

Are you marked by fives? Are you serving as the royal priesthood you have been chosen and set-apart to be, as a treasured possession in the Hand of our Beloved King. What do people see when they see your life? Can they see that you are MARKED BY FIVES – that is that you can take up the Torah and walk according to the Spirit that gives life and not according to the letter that kills, for you have been redeemed in Messiah, the first-born from among the dead! Messiah has given us access into the Most Set-apart Place and we are able to eat of the Set-Apart Bread forever – are you eating his Torah and meditating day and night on it  - because if you are – You will be MARKED BY FIVES!

I praise our Mighty Beloved King for giving us these wonderful insights in His word as He reveals His secrets, for it has been given to us to know the secrets of reign of the heavens – let us be marked by His Kingdom rules – be MARKED BY FIVES!

יהוה bless you and guard you

יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour

יהוה lift up His face to you and give you shalom