Summary: David’s story can be summarized like this: A nobody becomes a somebody who then becomes a fugitive and ends up in the end the King of Israel.

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Series OT Bible Heroes:

We are going to discuss over the months of May, June and July OT Biblical Heroes. Many current day Statistics show that there is a shocking lack of knowledge of basic Bible knowledge among Americans. This is particularly puzzling in view of the availability of Bibles and Bible related materials in this country. The Bible has been and still is the best-selling title in America. Twenty-five million copies of the Bible are sold annually. Americans spent 2.4 billion dollars on Bibles in 2006. But those pesky surveys show that the majority of Americans are biblically illiterate. Illiteracy ranks high among the Christian community. There are two basic reasons why Bible illiteracy rates are high. Americans simply are not reading the Bible. Many churches do not emphasize Bible learning in their educational programs or services any more.

Barbara Miller in her paper “Bible Literacy: Crisis in America”, Sept 2006 states the following:

The Baptist Standard, a publication of the Texas Baptist Convention, reveals that the Gideon’s International distribute annually in excess of 45 million Bibles. This computes on the average at 86 Bibles distributed every minute. With the rampant availability of Bibles and Bible related materials and given the obvious respect the Bible garners in America, how can there possibly be a Bible literacy crisis in America? Statistics quoted in the December 2000 issue of The Baptist Standard confirm accounts of Bible illiteracy:

• A Gallup survey shows that fewer than half of Americans can name the

first book of the Bible (Genesis), only one-third know who delivered the

Sermon on the Mount (many named Billy Graham, not Jesus), and one quarter

do not know what is celebrated on Easter.

• A 1997 Barna Research poll showed 12 percent of Christians think

Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc. Eighty percent of born-again Christians

believe it is the Bible that says "God helps them that help themselves."

• In conjunction with the October release of the animated feature, “The Ten

Commandments”, Kelton Research questioned 1000 Americans on their

knowledge of the biblical Ten Commandments. The Baptist Standard, December 4, 2000.

Even though 80 percent could name the ingredients of a Big Mac

(McDonald’s), only 6 in 10 could name the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not

kill.” Most of the participants in the Kelton Research survey recalled the

names of the four Beatles but many could not recall one single commandment.

Bible illiteracy is not just confined to the unchurched secular population

of America.

According to Gary Burge, professor of New Testament studies at

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, there is a crisis of basic Bible knowledge in

the church also – especially among youth.

• In an article published in Christianity Today in 1999, Burge wrote about

surveys which are administered by Wheaton College to incoming freshmen to

assess their knowledge of the Bible. These students, who represent every Protestant denomination in America, are asked basic Bible questions. Following are some of the results quoted by Professor Burge:

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