This September one of the two Jewish Holidays which are celebrated in the Jewish community will be celebrated in this country and throughout the world. The Jewish Holiday called Rosh Hashanah starts on the 9th and concludes on the 11th of September. The holiday of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by the Jewish people who acknowledge that an old season has ended and a New Year or New Beginnings has started. The holiday of Rosh Hashanah is also celebrated by them dipping food they eat into honey which they believe that their new year or new beginnings would be a sweet and prosperous one.
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah also represents to the Jewish people acknowledging the creation of the universe and how the Lord created the first man and woman. The first day of Rosh Hashanah is marked with a time of repentance and reflection of one’s life which goes on for ten days until the day of Yom Kippur which is called “the day of repentance”. The reading of the Torah takes place and the Shofar is blown which is made out of a ram’s horn pointing the people back to the Lord that a New Beginning has begun for them.
It is also interesting the month before September according to our western calendar is the month of August which is the eighth month of our year. Again the number eight represents a new season or a new beginning for a person life, a family or even for a nation. In 1 Samuel 16:10-13 the word of God tells us that Jesse had seven sons to pass by the Prophet Samuel which one of them would be the next king of Israel. However, because none of them were the ones that the Lord had chosen, the word tells us that Jesse had an eighth son and his name was David. When the Lord had the prophet to anoint David with his horn of oil, his first of three anointing represented to us the people of God three important things we should take hold of and not let go. The first thing that David’s anointing represents to us is the end of one season and the launch of a new beginning in David’s life and your life man or woman of God. The second thing that David’s anointing represents to us that the Lord has enabled and equipped us to slay the giants that in our lives and which are confronting our nation. Finally, the third thing that David’s anointing represents to us as men of God that though people may have rejected or overlooked you, God is still going to raise you up to a place of leadership for His purpose.
Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah (1 Samuel 16:10-13).
The first thing that David’s anointing represents to us is the end of one season and the launch of a new beginning in David’s life and your life man or woman of God. A new beginning requires us to understand that we have to come out of our comfort zones and allow the Lord to challenge us in releasing our gifts and talents He placed in us. The new beginnings we experience will also require us to walk in a greater level of responsibility in not compromising in our life for the purpose of trying to please people. We must also understand that sometimes a level of preparation will be required of us so that when we began operating in that new beginning we will have the integrity and character to stand the pressure that comes with that season. The word of God says in 1 Samuel 16:14-23 that after David was anointed to be the next king of Israel, the current king Saul summoned for David because he had heard about how gifted a musician David was. The king was being tormented by an evil spirit because of his disobedience to God, David was called upon to play for the king so that he could have some type of relief from the evil spirit that tormented him. However, later on, that same evil spirit, Saul becomes jealous of David because of his victory over Goliath, he attempted to kill David because he feared David could one day have the kingdom (1 Samuel 18:8-12).
In the past, you may have spent a large portion of your day watching several episodes of your favorite television program on Netflix for four to six hours. However, the Lord wants you man or woman of God to take that same amount of time that you devoted to watching episodes of a show that gave you a moment of enjoyment to now invest in preparing yourself for the new beginning He has prepared for you. Your new beginning requires you to set and work on accomplishing goals that are from a Kingdom perspective and a self-center one. In Proverbs 19:21 says that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. When I celebrated my 50th birthday last month, the Lord revealed to me that August 11th, 2018 was a new beginning for me. The number eight means a new beginning and the number eleven represents accomplishing goals. The year 2018 represents the number two divided into eighteen which comes to the answer of nine. The number nine represents birthing or a woman giving birth to that which has been pregnant for the last nine months. By me reaching my 50th birthday, I had entered into a new season, where God was preparing me to accomplish great things in His name and to give birth the prophetic promise that was spoken over my life many generations ago through my family line. The Lord has a new beginning and a prophetic promise that He desires for you to give birth this day.
The second thing that David’s anointing represents to us that the Lord has enabled and equipped us to slay the giants that in our lives and which are confronting our nation. Prior before David being anointed, Israel conflicts and battles with their enemies, for the most part, was an army against army. We saw this when the Lord used Gideon and the three hundred to defeat the Midianite army which had over thousands of men. The Lord also helped give Joshua, the Children of Israel and the Gibeonites the victory in battle over five kings and their armies (Joshua 10:1-15 & Judges 7:1-25). However, when the armies of the Philistine and their champion of Gath name Goliath presented themselves in battle against the armies of Israel, the people of God stood silent and intimated to fight. The armies of Israel and King Saul all stood silent for over forty days as Goliath challenge Israel to present someone to fight him one on one but because of him being so tall and a fierce warrior the men of Israel all remained silent afraid to answer the one made insulted about them and their God. However, because the Lord had anointed David in 1 Samuel 16:10-13, the Lord has set the stage to raise up the voice of the eighth son to declare the enemies of God that there was a God in Israel who is able to slay their giants.
In this country’s darkest hour where we see our children being separated from families because they are not from this country, God is raising up David’s (men/women) to slay the giants in our nation. We see our children under fire in their schools through the school shooting across the land while the political leaders and the church remain silent to challenge the gun laws in this nation which are killing our sons and daughters. However, this day is a day of new beginnings. The Lord is raising up the voice of the eighth son which are men and women who walk in the power of God who are equipped by God to slay the giants assaulting our children. In Psalms 8:2 the word of God says “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger”. The voice of the eighth son has been raised up to slay the giants of divisiveness, hostility and, the racial injustice which are tearing our nation apart from the inside. Our weapons are not the weapons of the world or what King Saul tried to give David before fighting Goliath (1 Samuel 17:38-40). However, our weapon to slay these giants in our families and our nation is the anointing of God. In Isaiah 10:27 the word of God still says “it is the anointing that destroys the yoke”.
A Place of Leadership
Finally, the third thing that David’s anointing represents to us as men of God that though people may have rejected or overlooked you, God is still going to raise you up to a place of leadership. When Jesse and his sons were invited to the sacrifice by the Prophet Samuel, Jesse made the decision in his self to invite only seven sons. The number seven represents completion or perfection. He felt that his seven sons were the perfect candidates to be considered the next King of Israel. He had a son that was tall and looked like a king which his name was Eliab but the Lord told Samuel he was not the one. When Jesse learned that the first son was not the one to be king, he then presented Abinadab, Shammah and four other sons which none of them were called by the Lord be king. It is interesting to note that before Jesse presentation of his sons to the Prophet Samuel, he had not considered and overlooked his eighth son David as possibly being the next one to lead the nation of Israel. However, when the Prophet learned and called for David, once he arrived the oil from the horn of the shofar flowed onto the head of David. The word of God says in 1 Samuel 16:6-13 that “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah”.
Men may have rejected you, overlooked you, and even chosen not to invite you to the stage of leadership but that still does not deny the call of God upon your life. The Lord wants me to encourage you man of God, that this a new season and new beginnings for you. He is pouring out a fresh anointing upon your head from the horn of His shofar from Heaven. He has called you to a place of leadership which you will bring vision, hope, and influence to His people. In Psalms 75:7-8 the word of God says “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”. There are people who look like a king or a leader but does not mean they are equipped and have the have the godly character to be in a place of leadership. There are people who understand church protocol and are familiar with all of the church language but that does not mean they have the heart of a true leader like David did. This is why man of God is raising you up because you have a heart for the Lord and your character has been through the refining fire of pain and suffering. You are a man who understands that leadership is about being able to empower others to discover and fulfill the purpose of God in their own lives.