Daughter of Pharaoh in the City of David?
Passion and Caution are not always the best of friends: when passion is on the throne reason is out of the door, but where caution, the eldest child of wisdom is seated, calamity is expelled. Rarely do we see people with passion making friend with caution.
Going through the pages of the bible, we can see that spiritual things are not taught, they are received on the basis of faith. For example, when Jesus said that his followers would eat his flesh and drink his blood, none of those following him knew exactly what he meant. Many of his followers left him because they were not taught (reasoning), but few continued with him not because they understand him but they received whatever he says with faith.
In the studying of types and antitypes in the bible, we have come to see that ‘woman’ (not female) is a type in the bible and the antitype is ‘reasoning’. When God gave Adam an order not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he just received it so. From this same Adam, God then brought out woman (from Adam’s rib) and somehow she got to the tree and began to examine and reason out all the whys and whats. From the Garden of Eden, we can see that the ‘spirit’ of Eve was Adam, and the ‘soul’ of Adam was Eve. Unfortunately his soul led him to freely & willingly disobeyed God.
In Exodus 23:17 & 34:23, God told Moses that all the males in Israel are to appear before Him three times in a year, it was not that God detest the women. How can God create women and hate them? Impossible! Women have prominent role in redemption and salvation process. The entire bible is full of women playing out wonderful roles in salvation picture. However from the same type and antitype, God was telling Moses that Israel should not come to the three feasts with their ‘reasoning’. How often we missed God when we judged Him with our reasoning.
In this same light God told Moses that Israel should not add honey to their Meal offerings (Leviticus 2:11). Though honey is sweet, it loses its composition in the face of heat. Such is the goodness of man without the righteousness of God in Christ. In a nutshell, we have learnt by experience that all good ideas are not necessarily God’s ideas. Howbeit, when the anointed (spirit) embraces man’s good ideas (that are not from God) it always results in the birth of giants (big religious projects). Such is recorded when the sons of God (Anointed) marries the daughters of men (men’s good ideas), ‘That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.’ - 6:2 & 4.
All those giants, the results of the wedlock between the Anointed and men’s good ideas, always oppose the move of God from the bible days till today. It does not matter who first made the move, the result is always conflict. While Abraham was the anointed (called by God), Lot was man’s good idea (called by man’s instinct). Their union was terminated by conflict. Chaos is the other name for it.
And so back in history, back in Egypt; it was the daughter of Pharaoh (man’s good idea) that first saw Moses (Anointed) and took her home to the palace (Exodus 2:6 – 10). For forty years, the anointed was taught and trained in the things of the world. Moses had romance with the best of Egypt! However, when he received the things of the Spirit, he abandoned all he had from Egypt and he identified with the Hebrews. At the end of it all he was used by God to destroy the powers that be in Egypt, and God’s people were liberated. What a joy!
Moses plainly told Israel never to return again to Egypt (Deuteronomy 17:16). Israel kept this commandment until Solomon became king. After his defeat in Egypt, it was like the devil had his own game of vengeance upon the people of God: It was Pharaoh’s daughter that first saw and brought Moses to the palace. Then Solomon saw and brought Pharaoh’s daughter to the city of David. ‘ And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.’ – I Kings 3:1. The reverse was unfolding right in the palace of Solomon. Although he was wise, Solomon did not appreciate Caution, the eldest child of wisdom. The third king of Israel built a house for the daughter of Pharaoh (I Kings 7:8), right inside the city, which David labored righteously to build. A city that hosts the Ark of Covenant!
At the end of his romance with the daughter of Pharaoh, Solomon was devastated and wounded spiritually. Indirectly the devil had his own pound of flesh from the king of Israel; what could have been worse than the LORD God forsaken the leader of a nation. The bible put it on record like this:
‘ But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.’ – I Kings 11:1 - 11
The daughter of Pharaoh may be stunningly beautiful, but she was not God’s kind of wife for Solomon, the celebrated king of Israel. In the same manner, the flesh may present us a goodly idea which might not be a Godly idea. This is where caution is needed. A Christian leader/pastor recently invited a corporate Islamic state governor to teach his church leadership tips, as it is being done in the world (Egypt). The church should be cautious not to passionately love the world and the things of the world.
City of David and the Daughter of Pharaoh are like day and night, they can not stay together. The more the Church thirst for the world system, the more the LORD God disapproves of their union. You can’t just start a fire with water, it just won’t work. When you see the churches importing good ideas from the world, be sure it would not be pleasing to our LORD God. It is nothing but a Mississippi bubble, don’t buy into it! Don’t!!
Preparing the Bride,