Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 38

This entry is part 38 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 37: “And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). Samuel gives Israel their requested king; Saul. Saul fails God and Israel and God instructs Samuel to anoint a new king from the children of Jesse. Jesse’s eighth child presented to Samuel, the keeper of sheep, is selected asking of Israel.

Part 38

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). David, a young man, now walks with the anointing of God. How do you think that felt? How would you feel, within your own skin, if you were anointed king over God’s people Israel? His upbringing included being a servant and suffering adversity in his home as a child. We see how his father Jesse brought forth seven of his children to Samuel in preference, rather than presenting his son David. Did Jesse even consider him his own?

David was called by Saul to play music before him; with his harp. When David came to the land were Saul resided, he noted the Philistines mocking Israel. Their champion, Goliath, being approximately nine feet tall, called out: “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together” (1 Samuel 17:10). However, “all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid” (v. 24). David, on the other hand, shows forth his character or his heart when he replies: “…what shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (v. 26)

“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine…Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel…And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled (vs. 40, 45-46, and 49-51).

We as Christians suffer adversity. We face giants on a daily basis. Those giants being physical and spiritual challenges set before us. We face ourselves also. When you wake up each day and see that person in the mirror in front of you, are you proud of who you see? Is that a worldly pride? Do you have success in the Lord? Are you proud of your spiritual life in Christ? Is it an example of what a true Christian is? Is that who you portray to the world? Christ has taught us: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14,16). What did David know?

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