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Breezin’ Through The Bible, #11, David, The Shepherd King, B

December 7, 2013

David, The Shepherd King, contd.

Saul was charmed by David, who could soothe his head aches with his lyre and song and be victorious in battle. Jonathan, Saul’s son, became one in spirit with David. David married Saul’s daughter, Michal, and stayed in the home of Saul. Soon Saul became jealous of David’s popularity and tried to kill him. David fled in fear for his life, but Saul hunted him. David refused to kill Saul, instead pouring his fears out to God and praying for help. God was David’s strength, his refuge in times of trouble.

In 1010 B.C. the Philistines killed Saul’s sons in battle, and Saul fell upon his sword. David wept, but then he put on his sword to kill the Philistines. Eventually he defeated the Jebusites and made Jerusalem his home. After seven years he was accepted as king. David wanted his nation to love God. He brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, hoping to build a permanent cedar home for it. Nathan, a prophet of God, intervened. The Lord did not want David to build his house. Instead, he said, God would build a house for David. He would raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of David’s own sons. God would establish his kingdom from the line of David. “Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.” (2 Samuel 7:16), and David complied with God’s wishes.

With the promise of God to deliver a King from David’s progeny, I leave these stories for a month. I plan to resume these stories in January, 2014, for it is ADVENT, that season when we wait for the coming of the Christ-child. The story of the birth will be told in the next four weeks as we celebrate. The first story is HOPE, and we light the candle of hope this week as I tell a little story of Hope.

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