... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


King David - God's choice

God's choice

What was so different about this man David, the youngest of his brothers, that God choose him to become the king of Israel?

12 ... He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
[New King James Version:
Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.]

18 ... “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.”

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him. ...
23 And so it was, ... that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. 
1 Samuel 16:12-23 (NKJV)

God sent out the prophet Samuel to anoint David, a Sheppard for his father, to be king over his people.

1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the  h e a r t.”

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. ...

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:1,7,12-13

From than on, as far as God was concerned David was king, but he had to take his rightful place on the throne. The way to get there was a hard and difficult, but also a good learning experience for David. For God Almighty is a true and good Father that gave his children life in order for them to learn from him. Lessons he gives his children in real life, Jeremiah 35:13:

13 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'Will you not l e a r n a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the LORD.

What did he have to learn one might ask? What about to be humble, to obedient to God and his cause, to trust God in everything, to be grateful, to be both generous as firm.

But before David there was Judah one of the twelve sons of Jacob, to whom God gave the name Israel,
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but I s r a e l,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
Genesis 32:27-28 [a: Israel probably means, he struggles with God]

King David was a descendant of Judah. The blessing God gave Jacob for his son Judah:
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
Genesis 49:10

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