This is a very important spiritual principle, and a knowledge of it is essential for anyone walking a deep walk with the Lord.
There was a famine in the days of King David, and the famine raged for three years before King David decided to inquire of the Lord. Well, it turns out that when Saul was King of Israel, he violated a treaty that Joshua made with the Gibeonites, and that violation by King Saul, many years later, produced a famine in the land of Israel.
As soon as David heard what the problem was, that King Saul had violated Joshua’s treaty with the Gibeonites, he contacted the Gibeonites and settled the matter. The price of SATISFYING THE DEBT which would end the famine, was the lives of seven of Saul’s descendants. Is that not shocking?
The only teaching I have given on this principle of SATISFYING A DEBT (which, by the way, is a legal term), had to do with illegitimate birth. You may recall that the Lord taught us in LEM Message #797, Spiritual Crimes Under The New Covenant, the only SATISFACTION acceptable to God, ie, that will remove the curse of the bastard on the present and future generations, is that the gentleman marry the lady – EVEN IF THE MATCH IS SO AGREGIOUS THAT A SEPARATION WOULD BE NECESSARY IMMEDITELY AFTER THE MARRIAGE, WHICH WOULD LEAVE THE WOMAN A FUNCTIONAL WIDOW FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE (SINCE DIVORCE IS NOT AN OPTION HERE).
Everyone who is going on with God, and that means studying deep doctrine, must start to live in the real spiritual world. The New Testament Church is infantile and not living in the real spiritual world. Failure to grow up and face the spiritual realities of life with God can result in unnecessary pain and destruction, even death, especially for the brethren in a ministry that teaches esoteric doctrine and judges sin, as the Lord leads us to do so.
2 Sam 21:1-6
1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord?
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. And the king said, I will give them.
Below is the URL of the Bible.org teaching on Joshua’s Treaty with the Gibeonites https://bible.org/seriespage/3-gibeonite-treaty-joshua-9-10
Sheila R. Vitale,
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Living Epistles Ministries