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Breezin’ Through the Bible #11, David, The Shepherd King, A

December 7, 2013

David, the Shepherd King

“People look at the outward appearance, But the Lord looks at the heart.”

Disappointed with Saul, the Lord told Samuel to find another king, and he sent Samuel to Jesse of Bethlehem who had seven sons.The sons were brought before him. “Are these all the sons you have?” Samuel asked Jesse. Jesse admitted he had another, the youngest, a lad who was tending his sheep. Young David, handsome and glowing with health, was brought before Samuel. God directed Samuel to take the horn of oil and anoint David. From that day forward, the spirit of the Lord came upon David.

The Philistines again gathered forces for war. Goliath, a giant of a warrior, about ten feet tall (six cubits and a span), dressed in heavy armor, and wielding a heavy spear, challenged the Israelites to fight him. Saul promised great wealth and marriage to his daughter to any man who could overcome this giant. Young David, sent by his father with food for his brothers, saw the plight of the Israelites and stepped forward to fight Goliath. King Saul thought that David was too young and inexperienced in warfare, but he offered David his sword and shield. David rejected this cumbersome equipment. Instead, he took five smooth stones from a stream and his sling. His hands had killed a lion and a bear, and David knew the power of God was with him. With the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel in his heart, David went against Goliath, who must have been laughing at his small opponent. David said, “It is not with swords or spears the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.” David slung a small stone into the forehead of Goliath, and the giant fell face down on the ground. David cut off the giant’s head with the giant’s sword. The Philistines ran away, pursued by the Israelites, leaving their belongings in the camps.

to be contd. – part B




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