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A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART
HEAR.YE.HIM_ CHATTANOOGA.TN SATURDAY_ 58-0301E
E-45 But that's what's wrong. That's the reason the Holy Spirit, going to God, has to take such word. What do you think the tutor felt when he went to the father, and said, "Oh, how is my son progressing?"
"Well, he's just a little, snoopy fellow. I just have to tell you the truth." Now, God tells the truth. The Holy Spirit don't pull no strings or punches for anybody. It brings the truth.
Now, I read a book. It said George Washington never told a lie. I don't know about that. I couldn't say that.
But the Bible don't pull strings for nobody: about Lot living with his daughters, and so forth. And David, a man after God's own heart, but when he took Bathsheba, Uriah's wife, God placed it right in the Word.
And it's either right or wrong. That's the reason I got confidence in the Bible, because it's the truth. Whether it hurts or whether it doesn't, it's the truth. And I have confidence in It, for Its Author is none other but God.
GREATER.THAN.SOLOMON.IS.HERE_ S.PINES.NC WEDNESDAY_ 58-0625, E-26 Do you believe that we are living in one of those wicked, and adulternous generations? Certainly, we are. As I've said many times, that this nation can never escape the damnation, and wrath of God. I'm an American. Many of the Branhams are buried yonder on the fields, blowed up in the wars. And if it was to come tonight to make a choice, America's my country. I love it. But I don't love the sins that it's doing. God loves America, but He hates her sin. And sin is a reproach to any nation, and don't think because our forefathers, at Plymouth Rock, founded this upon the principles that it did, that we escape judgment. Israel was God's own beloved wife, and she paid for her sin. David was a man after God's own heart; he paid for his sin, and we'll pay for our sin.
If God doesn't judge America for her unrighteousness, as the infinite, holy God, He'd be duty-bound to resurrect Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize for sinking them and burning them up. Certainly, we're bound for judgment. There's no way out of it. So just get ready to escape the damnation of the wrath of God, by fleeing to Jesus Christ.
WHY.CRY.SPEAK_ CLARKSVILLE.IN SUNDAY_ 59-1004E, E-24 Look at David when he set with Nathan the prophet. And David, a man after God's own heart, and he was the anointed. God anointed him king. David was not only a king, but he was a prophet. So Nathan was the great prophet of the nation. David is more or less a poet and a prophet, song writer, musician. And prophecy really in its original, is more like a--a song when they prophesied.
Then one day while the prophet and the king was setting together, David said, "It's not right for me to live in a house of cedar, and the ark of my God under a tent."
And I want you to listen, the notable words of Nathan; he said, "David..." (Oh, don't fail to get this now. Get between the lines.) "David, do all that's in your heart for God is with you." Oh, my, when I think of that. "David, do all that's in your heart for God's with you. Why cry to me. God's with you, speak and go forward."
God's anointed you, move on. Don't hem-haw around, say, this, that, or the other. "Should I believe God, should I trust Him for this?" Trust Him for every breath that you draw.
INFLUENCE_ PHOENIX.AZ SATURDAY_ 63-0112, E-45 Now, to hurry up and I must hurry, because I guess I'm too late now. Will you bear with me just a minute longer? Yes. Isaiah learned right here, no matter how great the organization was, how great the man was, though God had give him thousands (and millions of dollars in this age that we're living in), that meant not one thing before God. His Word was... His--His Word is His Ultimate. That settles it. You must keep His Word. Humble yourself with It. Notice. Then we find out that he'd done something contrary to the Word, and he was cursed by it. No matter how great he was...
How great David was, a man after God's own heart, yet got away from the Word. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." But David was lifted up. He thought, "Well, God don't pay no attention to this." God pays attention to every thought that you think of. Let your thoughts be exactly right.
What was the matter? Now. It's because that he forgot it. He for... He went away from it, never forgot it, 'cause he was told better.
INFLUENCE_ NY.NY V-18 N-9 THURSDAY_ 63-1114, 107 God's omnipresence knows what you're doing, and even your thoughts. One time while I was in a vision, I was speaking to a Being standing by me; and He said back; He said, "Your thoughts are louder in the heavens than your voice is on the earth." He knows what you're thinking. You might say you--you do this and you do that, and it--but (You see?), down in your heart, if you think different, you're--you're doing something wrong. You should be just what you are. See? The--the heart--the mouth should speak what's in the heart. See? And so we find that the people doesn't realize the--the Presence of God.
You know, they ought to be like David, the man that was after God's Own heart. He said, "The Lord is always before me." Wherever he goes, he remembers God is always before him. "He is on my right hand, and I'll not be moved," because God is on his right hand.
IDENTIFIED.CHRIST.OF.ALL.AGES_ TOPEKA.KS V-20 N-1 WEDNESDAY_ 64-0617, 54 Watch Joseph, just portrayed the life of Christ almost perfect, but he made a mistake to show that it wasn't Him. Man make mistakes. See, he told Pharaoh; he said... He told his father, which was a prophet, Jacob, he said, "You tell Pharaoh that--that we are herdsmen, because a shepherd is an abomination to an Egyptian." But the father, the Spirit wouldn't let him do it; he said, "Your servants, the shepherds..." So you see Joseph there making a mistake.
David, the great man, made a mistake, a man after God's Own heart, yet took Bathsheba, thinking he could hide that from the very God that he had served all of his life, but God exposed him by Nathan the prophet. See?
HARVEST.TIME_ PHOENIX.AZ V-18 N-6 SATURDAY_ 64-1212
135 He tried to find a man that would live the whole Word. First thing He did, He tried Noah. Noah failed Him, got drunk; he failed.
Moses, that great mighty masterpiece of God's, He tried him and he failed. He glorified himself, and wasn't permitted to go into the promised land.
Then come David, that He was going to reflect His--His--the great millennium in David, and He was going to show what His King was. And God swore by David, He'd rise up the--raise up his son to set on his throne. And David was such a gallant man, till he was a man after God's own heart. And David was doing good. He smote all the Philistines and tore down their altars, and stayed with the Word. And finally, a pretty woman upset him, and he broke the commandment, lost the Word, committed adultery. See? A man after His own heart (See?) still David failed Him.
Moses failed Him; all the rest of them failed Him, but all their lives was just reflections of the One that was to come.
MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_ JEFF.IN V-3 N-13 SUNDAY_ 65-0221M, 33-3 Now, you see, then after the beginning it was--something else was introduced. Now, this is going to shock you. (Are you tired? Just set still just a little longer.) Then when the double covenant was made by man and woman through sex (another covenant altogether; not the original covenant, but another covenant), now what's introduced? Polygamy in all. Then after the beginning, polygamy was introduced both in man and in beast, after the beginning, the fall.
God now secondarily sets a new nature again by sex. God created the first without sex. Do you believe that? Now, it's another covenant with nature; He sets it in another order by sex. Second covenant: one male, many females; one buck deer, a whole harem of does (That right?); one bull a whole herd of cattle, cows; one rooster, a yard full of hens (That right?); one David, after His own heart, with five hundred wives, with a hundred children born to him in one year of different women: a man after God's own heart; one Solomon with a thousand wives. But notice now, it wasn't so at the beginning. But now, it's after the beginning. The woman's done this, then she just becomes what she is now. See?
MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_ JEFF.IN V-3 N-13 SUNDAY_ 65-0221M, 33-5 David, the king which represented Christ... (Hold that in your mind.) David represented Christ. You believe that? Christ is setting--going to set on his throne. And this David, a man after God's own heart, had five hundred wives. See what I mean? David with his five hundred wives, Solomon with his thousand; and Solomon is the son of David in the natural, which represents Jesus Christ, the Son of David in the spiritual. But that's natural sex life; this is going to be spiritual created why, created. That's the way it was at the beginning, but not now in this life we live in now.
Notice. (Don't fail this now; take it all down to your hearts.) But not one of those women could even have one more husband. He's the original creation, not her. Not one of those women could have one more husband, but that one husband could have a thousand wives. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. That's the Bible.
MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE_ JEFF.IN V-3 N-13 SUNDAY_ 65-0221M, 38-6 Now, in the sex act... See, the school's got those two things mixed up. Therefore, you can't do it. You've got to bring it back to the truth of it, in the beginning. And at the end there will be one Lord Jesus and His Bride many: singular. You get it? There was one David on one throne, one king after God's own heart, with five hundred wives. Jesus, setting on His throne (Hallelujah.) in the millennium, with a Wife like it was at the beginning, created out of the earth by the hand of Almighty God in the resurrection, of many members. There you are.
Women, struggle to be that. Come into Christ, then you'll not be in that filthy mess out there. But as long as you're just a church member, trying to live morally good yourself, you'll never make it. Neither can a man make it outside of Christ. As Paul went on to say, "But there--in Christ there is neither male nor female"; they're all one. But to get this marriage and divorce straightened out so that you would know which was right and which was wrong.
CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_ LA.CA V-2 N-28 THURSDAY_ 65-0429E
21-1 Now, notice again how the natural bride types the spiritual. The Word says that she was made for man and not man made for her. Now, I'm going to speak on why in a few minutes on the Bride of Christ, but I'm trying to show you the background of it.
Woman was made for man and not man for woman. That's the reason under the old laws that polygamy was legal.
Look at David setting down there with five hundred wives. And the Bible said he was a man after God's Own heart with five hundred wives, and Solomon with a thousand, but not one of them women could have another husband.
108-1 EPHESIAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.3
God's intention for His creation, man, is to express His Words. In Genesis, Adam was given the Word to live by. A life lived by the Word would be the Word expressed. That is true is it not? But did Adam live by that Word? No, because he was to live by EVERY Word, and he failed to take heed to every Word. Then there arose Moses. What a great and mighty man he was. Yet he also failed to live by every Word, and that prophet, the type of the Great Prophet to come, failed in anger to obey the Word. And there was also David, the great king of Israel, a man after God's own heart. He failed by adultery, when he was tempted. But eventually, in the fullness of time, there came One, the Head, even Jesus, Who also must be tempted to see if He would live by EVERY Word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Then was Satan foiled. For here was One Who lived by "It is written," and that Masterpiece of God overcame by reflecting God's Word. Then was this manifested Perfect One given to the cross, as the Perfect Lamb of God for the perfect sacrifice. And on the 'tree' He received the wounds unto death, that we, by Him and because of Him, might eat of the Tree Of Life, and then that Life freely given would enable us to overcome, and express the Word of God.
294-3 PHILADELPHIAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.8
"He That hath the key of David." This beautiful phrase follows and comes out of the preceding phrase, "He that is true".--Christ, the Perfect Realization, contrasted with Partial Realization. Here it is. Moses was a prophet of God, but Jesus (like unto Moses) was THE Prophet of God. David (a man after God's own heart) was king of Israel, but Jesus is the Greater David, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, God very God. Now David was born of the tribe of Judah out of whom no priests came, yet he ate of the shew bread reserved for priests. He was the great warrior overcoming the enemy, establishing the people; as king he sat on the throne. He was a prophet. He was a wonderful type of Christ. Now it says in Isaiah 22:22, "And the key of the house of David will I lay upon His shoulder; so He shall open, and none shall shut; and He shall shut, and none shall open." The Spirit uses this Old Testament reference concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and His ministry in the church. What the key of David signified at that time is mere shadow, which is now fulfilled in Jesus standing in the midst of the lampstands. It has to do with our Lord AFTER His resurrection and not His earthly pilgrimage. But what does this key signify? The answer lies in the POSITION of the key. It is NOT in His hand. It is not worn around His neck. It is not placed in the hands of other men, or the verse could not be saying that HE ALONE HAS THE USE OF THAT KEY--FOR HE ALONE OPENS AND SHUTS, AND NO MAN has that right but Jesus Himself. Isn't that right? But where is the key? IT IS ON HIS SHOULDER. But what does SHOULDER have to do with it? Read Isaiah 9:6, "And the government shall be upon His shoulder." But what does this mean? The answer is this. The phrase, "government upon His shoulder" comes from the wedding ceremony of the East. When the bride has been committed to the groom she takes off her veil and places it over the groom's shoulders, signifying that not only is she under his dominion--that she has transferred her rights to him--that he is the head--but also that he bears the responsibility and the care and that HE AND HE ALONE--NO ONE ELSE--NO OTHER MAN--NO OTHER POWER--HAS ANY RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY. And that, beloved, is the KEY of David. God being Sovereign, He foreknew by Divine decree exactly who would be in His bride. He chose her. She did not choose Him. He called her. She did not come on her own. He died for her. He washed her in His own blood. He paid the price for her. She belongs to Him and to Him alone. She is wholly committed to Him and He accepts the obligation. He is her head, for Christ is the head of His church. As Sarah called Abraham, Lord, even so the bride is happy that He is her Lord. He speaks and she obeys for that is her delight.