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29
March
2012

David and Saul: father and son's reconciliation!

21 So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. 22 Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 1 Samuel 16:21-22 (NKJV)

When you hear about David and Saul it's always the same story: they were each other's enemy. But, if we take a closer look to the relationship between David and Saul we will find a different story.

The friendship between David and Saul's eldest son Jonathan generally catches people's attention and gets their approval, while the relationship that existed between David and Saul is hardly noticed or mentioned. Even though it's true that Saul the son of Kish a Benjamite - 1 Samuel 9:1-2 - wanted and tried to kill David, the son of Jesse of Bethlehem - 1 Samuel 16:1, 12-13 - because he didn't want David to take over his place as the king of Israel, still these two did have a bond other than that of being enemies. So, how was their relationship like, what was it based on and to which purpose? 

Father and son
David arrived at Saul's court as an artist to play the lyre so Saul's mind - he had evil attacks, which must have been very painful, for evil tortures people both physically and spiritually - would be at ease, 1 Samuel 16:14-23,

23 ... David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

David was sent by his father to King Saul after he was anointed by Samuel to become king of Israel, 1 Samuel 16:1-13. So, the Almighty Father by his wisdom and grace sent the person he had chosen to become the next king of Israel to serve the one who's reign he was about to bring to an end.

David served King Saul first as an artist and later as his soldier and officer after he defeated Goliath, 1 Samuel 17 and 18:2. Saul took David, whom was a young man at the time - 1 Samuel 17:33 - under his wing. He loved David and called him his son - 1 Samuel 16:21-22, 26:17, 25 - even though he had four sons, Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-baal also known as Ish-Bosheth, 1 Chronicles 9:39.

King Saul gave David his first daughter to marry as promised to the person who would defeat Goliath - 1 Samuel 17:25 - but he refused. Later Saul gave his second daughter Michal, who was in love with David, to marry, 1 Samuel 18:17-30. Jonathan was David's best friend, 1 Samuel 18:1-4. David sat at the table of the king - 1 Samuel 20:24-25 - with him, Abner and Jonathan.

So, David whom was loved by King Saul that treated him as if he was his own son, became his loyal servant, his son-in-law, captain of his bodyguard, highly respected in his household, and someone for whom the priest Ahimelek made inquiries of God, 1 Samuel 22:14. To David Saul was like a father, besides him being the king of Israel chosen by God as he himself said - 1 Samuel 24:7 and 26:9-14 and 1 Samuel 24:12 - whom he respected even when later Saul was trying to kill him, 1 Samuel 9:10. David remained, trust wordy in his duties to his King Saul.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David