Thursday, May 01, 2008

King David

May 1: 2 Samuel 5:1-10 & 1 Chronicles 11 & 12

1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
2 Samuel 5:1-5

38 All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with full intent to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. 39 And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them. 40 And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
1 Chronicles 12:38-40

King David

It was not a smooth transition to make David King after the death of Saul; as a matter of fact, it was seven and a half years after the death of Saul before David became King of all Israel.

You would think that after all David had been through, he would no longer be a young man, but he was only thirty when he became king. Think of all that had already happened to him in those short years. He went from being a shepherd boy to serving Saul in the house of the king; he slew the giant, Goliath; he spent years running from Saul; and he amassed a large army. But, the time finally came when all Israel stood behind King David and embraced him as their king.

The years of turmoil were over; now it was time for the nation to come together in celebration. They came from all over Israel bringing abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep.

1 Chronicles 12 ends with six short words: for there was joy in Israel. What beautiful words concerning a country that knew no end of troubles.

We have our celebrations, too, do we not? God is so good; our lives are often so filled with troubles that we can hardly make it through another day. But, when God gives an occasion for a celebration, what a joyous time it is. The next time a big event, holiday, or time of celebration comes into your life, remember to thank God for the reprieve.

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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