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King David. Myth and Reality of King David’s Jerusalem

Who anointed David the second time?

Christians must also look forward to their daily encounter with the Lord. When one becomes a Christian, he or she becomes a child of God and a member of His family. A child’s greatest joy is to have fellowship with his father and to know him as well as possible. We can do the same with our heavenly Father when we spend time in silence with Him.

Emperor David was anointed a second time by God Himself. Yet we see how Samuel, even after many years of ministry, was tempted to decide to anoint Israel’s new king by appearances. But when God chooses, man is silent.

Samuel was put in the choice between God’s will for him and the possibility of losing his life or not putting his life at risk.

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Why did David write Psalm 50?

The prophet Nathan mercilessly rebuked the king for such an offense. The son born of adultery dies shortly after birth. David bitterly repented of his guilt, begging forgiveness in the penitential psalm 50 (51): ‘Have mercy on me, O God, and according to your great goodness, blot out my transgression’.

David wrote Psalm 50 because he gave the command for Bathsheba’s husband to be sent to the front lines of war, where he died. And because of him, an innocent man shed his blood.

Bathsheba became pregnant again and gave birth to Solomon, whom David appointed as his successor. The succession to the throne was marked by fighting and disagreements between the brothers. The legitimate successor would have been the firstborn, Amnon, but he slept with his half-sister Tamar and was eliminated by her brother Absalom, who then wanted to succeed him as pretender to the throne and staged a revolt against his father David.

Primary Takeaways

  • David came from humble beginnings and went from shepherd to king through an eventful journey. His life, with its peaks and troughs, is recounted in the biblical books from 1 Sam 16, through 2 Sam to 1 Kg 2:12 (the parallel presentation in 1 Chr 10:1-29:30).
  • David was the last of the eight children of Jesse (Isai, in Hebrew), a native of Bethlehem where he was a shepherd. The Bible describes his appearance in these words: “David was fair, with beautiful eyes and a pleasant face” (1 Sam 16:12).
  • Rejecting Saul for his sins while he was still on the throne, God sent the prophet Samuel to anoint David king in secret.

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Conclusion

While David’s image grows brighter, Saul’s grows darker by the day. Saul becomes suspicious and envious of David, his early admiration and sympathy turn to hatred, enmity, and violence, so much so that one day he tried to pierce him with his spear, determined as he was to kill him. David flees from Saul, who has become dangerous to him and unpredictable, and goes at first to the Philistines. Suspected by them, he seeks refuge in the cave of Adullam in the Judean desert.

Here, David is presented in the less than honorable guise of a gang leader and predator: “David ravaged the land, and left neither man nor beast alive, and took sheep, oxen, asses, camels, and clothes for prey” (2 Sam 27:9). He shows himself benevolent only to Saul, who now blinded by anger, continues to persecute him as an enemy in a futile attempt to get rid of him.

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Quizlet about King David’s Reign

King David Quiz

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David was the _________ king of Israel.

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How did David first gain fame?

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Does David come from royal blood?

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David was initially a _________?

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What instrument was David known for playing?

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David was the _______ child of Jesse(Iaseu) of Bethlehem.

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Who did David killed?

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Which king was David a favorite of?

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How many wives did David had?

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Which of David's sons went on to be the third king of Israel?

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