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Have you ever heard
of king David? Did you know that Jesus Christ was a descendant of David? This is
the story of David and many things that happened in his life. The people of
Israel wanted a king, so even though God wasn't very happy about it, because God
is the only REAL king, he allowed Israel to have one. The first king of Israel
was named Saul, and Saul didn't obey all that God told him to do, so God took
the kingdom away from him and sent the prophet Samuel to look for another king.
God sent Samuel to a
man named Jesse, who lived in Bethlehem. God said, I have chosen me a king from
Jesse's sons. Samuel was sure he knew which one of Jesse's many sons would be
the next king when he first saw them, but Samuel was wrong, judging by their
appearances, because God doesn't care what people look like, He cares what's in
their heart. Seven of Jesse's sons met Samuel but none of them were the one God
wanted to be the next king.
Samuel asked Jesse
if these were all of his sons. Jesse said, No, there's also David, my youngest,
out in the field. David was a shepherd and he spent much time playing his harp
out in the field and singing songs, which back then were called psalms, to God.
When Samuel met David, God told Samuel that this would be the next king of
Israel, so, Samuel told David and the Spirit of God was with him from that day
on. David wasn't old enough to rule Israel yet, so he remained at home and sang
to God and played his harp in the fields and took care of the sheep.
After a while, Saul
was very cross all the time because he didn't have the Spirit of God anymore. In
fact, at times, God sent an evil spirit upon Saul. His servants told him that he
should find someone who could play the harp and that might make him feel better.
One of Saul's servants knew that David played the harp so David was brought to
Saul. Saul loved David and every time a bad spirit came to Saul and he was
feeling low, David would play his harp for him, and Saul would feel better
One day the
Philistines gathered their army together again and lined up on top of a mountain
to fight against Israel. David's three oldest brothers were there with Saul,
because they were soldiers. So, Jesse sent David to take food to his brothers
and find out how they were doing.
When David got
there, he saw a giant Philistine soldier shouting to the men of Israel from the
top of the mountain. He had a brass helmet on and heavy metal armor. He carried
a spear in one hand and a shield in the other. His name was Goliath and he was
almost 10 feet tall! The Philistines thought of Goliath as their hero. Goliath
shouted, Send a man to fight with me and if he kills me, the Philistines will be
your slaves, but if I kill him, the people of Israel will be our slaves. Saul
and the men of Israel were all frightened, but David wasn't.
David said, I'll
fight this Philistine for the army of God! Saul told David that he was just a
boy and couldn't beat Goliath. But David told Saul that one time, when he was
tending the sheep, he killed a lion and a bear that were after the sheep. David
believed that God would keep him safe, just as He kept him safe from the lion.
Saul put a helmet
and armor on David, but they were so big and clumsy that David took them off and
said, I don't need these, God will protect me. So David took his staff, and
chose five smooth stones out of the brook. He put the stones in his sack, took
his sling in his hand and headed for the top of the mountain where Goliath
stood. Goliath made fun of David and asked, Am I a dog, that you are coming at
me with sticks? Come closer and I'll feed you to the birds and the animals to
eat. David said, You come at me with a sword, a spear and a shield, but I come
to you in the name of God! Today, the Lord will help me take off your head and
the rest of the Philistines will be eaten by the birds and the animals. Then
everyone on earth will know that God is in Israel!
When Goliath came
forward, David took a stone out of his sack, put it in his sling and hurled it
at the giant Goliath. The stone sank into Goliath's forehead and he fell to the
ground on his face. Then David stepped up on top of Goliath and took Goliath's
own sword and killed him with it and then cut off Goliath's head. When the other
Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they were terrified. Many of them were
killed and the rest of them ran for their lives.
Saul put David in
charge of the army and all the people of Israel grew to love David. Saul's son
Jonathan and David became best friends, and Jonathan loved David very much. They
that they would be best friends forever.
But soon Saul became
angry because he heard the people of Israel singing that Saul had killed
thousands but David had killed tens of thousands! So Saul's bad spirit came back
and he wanted to kill David! Another reason Saul wanted David to die was because
he knew that the Lord had anointed David king, and Saul wanted Jonathan to be
heir to his throne. Jonathan begged Saul not to kill him, because he had done
great things for Saul and for Israel, and Saul listened to Jonathan and changed
his mind about killing David ... for a little while.
Soon after, there
was war again with the Philistines, so David went out with the men of Israel and
won again, killing many more of the Philistines, and many more ran away. Saul
became angry once again. He was so jealous of David that his bad spirit came
back again. David was playing his harp for Saul one day and Saul threw his spear
at David because he wanted to kill him, but David got away. David told Jonathan
all about it.
David was supposed
to be at a special dinner at Saul's house the next night, so David and Jonathan
came up with a plan. David said, I'll hide in the field and if your dad says
good things about me, shoot an arrow a short way and I'll know to stay. But if
he still wants to kill me, shoot the arrow very far, and I'll know to run for my
life. They planned to meet in a secret place to say good-bye if they had to.
When David saw Jonathan's arrow fly very far, he ran to the place to meet
Jonathan. They were both very sad to say good-bye to each other because they
swore they would be best friends forever.
David went from
place to place, hiding from Saul. He took the sword with him that belonged to
Goliath and many people who liked David, decided to help him fight against
people who didn't believe in God, instead of helping Saul. Saul and his people
searched for David over and over again, hoping they could find him and kill him.
David and his people lived in a cave, hiding from Saul. Jonathan found David and
warned him that Saul was still searching to kill him.
One day when Saul
and his people were going home from another battle with the Philistines, they
rested in the very same cave that David was in, but they didn't know David and
his people were there. God told David that He would bring Saul to him and that
David could do whatever he thought was best to Saul. David's people wanted him
to kill Saul, but instead, David snuck up on Saul and cut off a piece of his
coat. When Saul and his people left the cave, David called out. King Saul! David
held up the piece of Saul's coat in his hand and said, I could've got you! But
you are God's anointed king, so I cannot kill you.
Some time later,
Saul and his men were searching for David once again. David took one of his
people with him down to the camp where Saul and his army were sleeping on the
ground. David snuck up on Saul again and this time he took the spear that was
next to Saul's pillow, and his jar of water. They left and went to the top of a
hill nearby and David called out. King Saul! Holding up the spear and the jar of
water, David yelled, I could've got you! But you are God's anointed king, so I
cannot kill you. Saul cried and said, You are a better man than I am. You have
been good to me and I have been bad to you. Now I know that you will be a good
king and Israel will be safe in your care.
David spent many
years hiding from king Saul. He wrote many psalms about this difficult time of
his life, that you can read in the Book of Psalms.
There was a wicked rich
man named Nabal. One day while David was hiding and hungry in the wilderness,
he sent his men to ask Nabal for food for him and his army. He told his men to
tell Nabal how good he and his men treated Nabal's shepherds. Nabal answered
"Who is David?" This was a huge insult to David and with much anger he and his
men set out without God's permission to destroy Nabal and all he owned. David
felt like he treated Nabal's people kindly all for nothing.
Nabal's wife Abigail heard
what happened and hurried out to try and stop David. She brought all kinds of
food, but didn't tell Nabal. When Abigail met David she begged him to listen to
her. She told him that Nabal was a foolish man but she reminded David that he
was God's anointed and that he didn't need to kill innocent people just because
Nabal hurt his feelings.
David blessed the Lord for
sending Abigail to meet him and sent her home. When she got there, Nabal was
drunk and she still didn't tell him about her meeting with David. The next
morning when Nabal was sober, Abigail told him what happened. Nabal became as a
stone and died about ten days later. David said that the Lord gave Nabal his own
wickedness and David took Abigail to be one of his wives.
David was the apple of
God's eye. That means that God loved him very, very much. David always talked to
God and God always told him what to do, and when to go to battle. Even though
Saul was jealous of David, David always remembered that Saul was God's first
anointed king of Israel. When Saul died, people thought David would be glad, but
David's heart was very, very sad.
David took his army to
Jerusalem and won over the city. He moved there and it became known as the City
of David. David brought the ark (God's treasure box) to Jerusalem and he was so
happy that he danced in the street, and all the people were happy with him.
David's wife Michal, was embarrassed because David danced in front of the
people. But David was dancing because he was happy for God, he wasn't dancing to
show off for the people like Michal thought, so God never let Michal have
There was a time when
Israel was at war, and David sent the captain of his army, Joab, out to battle
with Israel, while he remained in Jerusalem. One night, while walking on the
roof of the king's house, David saw a woman who he thought was beautiful, named
Bathsheba. David sent for her and she became pregnant by King David while her
husband was out at war defending his country and HIS KING. David found out she
was pregnant and even tried to get her husband to lay with her while he was on
leave from the war so nobody would figure out what David had done. But Uriah,
being a good man said he would not take rest and sleep with his wife while his
fellow Israelite soldiers were at war.
David was in trouble ...
Soooooooooooo, David ordered Joab to place Uriah on the front line of the war
where the battle was heated up so that he would be sure to be killed. He WAS
killed and David took his wife Bathsheba as his own wife.
But ... God was watching
and sent a prophet to David to let David know that He was not pleased. David
repented of his sin. God punished David, by killing the child that Bathsheba
conceived by him, and then God forgave him.
Now here is the awesome
part ... David is known as the "apple of God's eye," and all kings after him
were compared to King David by God. David and Bathsheba went on to have another
son named Solomon, and David's bloodline carried on through Solomon ... all the
way to Jesus. So, if you ever think you've done something absolutely horrible
and wonder if God could ever forgive you, remember that king David committed
adultery, then murder, to try and cover it up, and God forgave him.
David was known as a man
of war. He confided in God for guidance of when to go to battle, and the Lord
always told him what the outcome would be. David wanted to build a house for
God, but during his reign there were so many wars, and so much blood was shed
that God told David that his son would build the house of the Lord in a time of
peace, so David did all he could while he was alive to help prepare for the
building of the Temple.
There never reigned
another king in Israel or Judah that could compare to king David for honor and
righteousness in the eyes of God.
To study the life and times of king David and the times that led up to his
reign, click on the links below to study the books of First and Second Samuel,
chapter by chapter:
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