The Scope of a Man: King David
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Summary: King David, more than any other person in the Biblical record, illustrates the moral range of human nature. Look at these snapshots of his life to see the grace of God at work in one messed up fella.
Audience: General adults
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Message - A Study of King David
Snapshots of King Davidís character and Scenes from his life
Iíve always found King David to be one of the most fascinating guys in the Bible. There is so much about him that you wouldnít normally expect to find written about a king.
Thereís so much in there that youíd think should have been covered up or glossed over. But in the bible we get a really transparent, blunt look at Davidís life.
David was a shepherd, hunter, warrior, general, king, poet, champion, outlaw, ladies man, musician, prophet, worship leader, adulterer, murderer, brother, husband, son, parent, leader, hero, builder, ancestor of Jesus Christ, a man after Godís own heart!
The Thompson Chain reference Bible, ďNo Bible character more fully illustrates the moral range of human natureĒ. Thatís why I think itís good to have a look at this fellow. Letís look at some snapshots of Davidís life.
What was David up to before he knew he was to be king?
1 Samuel talks about God telling Samuel to talk to Jesse, Davidís father. Samuel meets Eliab, Jesseís oldest son, and is very impressed with the way Eliab presents himself.
But God says to Samuel: "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart". 1 Sam 16:7
Another 6 sons of Jesse are paraded by Samuel. But God says: 1 Sam 16:10 "The LORD has not chosen these."
Then, almost forgotten and definitely not taken very seriously, Samuel has David, the youngest, the baby of the family, busy labouring in the outback, takiní care of a bunch of sheep...
Samuel sees David and the Lord says to Samuel: "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."
So in this snapshot of David we see him as a labourer without prestige, busy at his task at hand, humble and low down on the totem pole as the youngest brother of seven, busy with his hand to the plow, so to speak; not, as far as we can tell at this point, made from the stuff of kings.
And yet heís proclaimed to be the future sovereign king of Godís people. Good start.
David and Goliath
Goliath had shoes the size of a motor boat. This was no slight fella. This should give you an idea of what David was up against.
Goliath was a big Philistine. Hereís how the Bible describes him: 1 Sam 17:4-7 ďHe was over nine feet tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing 126 pounds 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaverís rod, and its iron point weighed 15 poundsĒ.
Basically he was a big, scarey looking individual. And he broke the mold of your typical WWF-type guy, because he was pretty clever. You see the Philistine army was facing the army of Israel,about to go into a pitched battle.
Normally in this type of situation everybody on both sides just starts fighting and thereís blood and guts everywhere. Goliath suggested that instead of this type of carnage, Israel should send out one soldier to fight against him.
That way if Goliath, wins, Israelís army gets to live, but as slaves to the Philistines. If the Israeli
fighter wins, the Philistines become slaves to Israel. But again, they live. Sounds like a plan, eh?
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