Good to be King
A question to consider; when is it to be a King and it is not good? Answer; when the people hose the individual, but God has chosen someone else. Consider the time of Samuel when Israel desired a King. The Judges of Israel where no longer effective and “… Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. ” (Judges 21 :ebb ESP.) “Then all the elders gathered together and came to Samuel at Raman and said to him… Appoint for us a king to judge us like the other nations. ” (1 Samuel 8:4-5) God comforted Samuel by assuring him that it was not him, but God that they where rejecting.
God therefore allowed Samuel to anoint the people’s choice in ‘Saul’ of the tribe of Benjamin. The people liked Saul, for he as tall and handsome. Basically, he looked good on the outside. I’m not sure, but I think the phrase “Don’t judge a book by the cover’ may have applied to this situation. In Sail’s battle with the Philistines, chapter 13 of 1 Samuel, Sail’s army was heavily outnumbered and in retreat. While growing impatient waiting for God’s prophet Samuel, Saul decided himself to offer a burnt offering.
This event was the final prideful character flaw of Saul, and Samuel pronounced, although the Lord would have established Sail’s kingdom over Israel, but instead his kingdom shall not continue. God said to Samuel “… L regret that have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commandments” (1 Sam. 15:1 la) Thus, the search for the next King the individual for someone with God’s own heart had begun. The Lord leads Samuel to Bethlehem and to the house of Jesse, son of Bed, grandson to Boas.
Jesse brings forth his oldest son Elba, who most likely was tall and good looking like Saul. Samuel likes Elba, but is corrected by God, who says “… The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 1 6: 7) Jesse mutinous to bring forth all of his sons, until the youngest, who needs to be retrieved from the sheep fields, and only then is Samuel convinced that he has found God’s chosen one. David the shepherd boy is brought forward, anointed with oil, filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaimed, that he is Israel’s next true King.
Davit’s first public appearance and confirmation of his ordination is found in the Valley of Ella with the Philistines’ champion named Goliath. To this very day, all things very large are labeled “Goliath”. After 40 days of what we call ‘trash talking against Saul, his army and the very God hey serve, David steps up and accepts Goliath challenge. After shedding any form Of current modern battle fatigues, David with his staff and five smooth stones from the brook, one stone for Goliath and four for anyone else who dared to came after.
This amazing show of courage, by the way, is the kind of King Israel needs and fits the covenant God had stated before. After seeing what was sent forth, Goliath laughs again, yet David proceeds to verbally rebuke Goliath and proclaims the truth about the God of Israel being real and powerful. The Bible says that David used one stone and it “sank into his forehead” (1 Samuel 17:ebb). I personally witnessed a baseball player get hit in the head during a high school baseball game, granted it was only 70 MPH, and the individual was using a regulated helmet, but I believe they suffered a concussion none the less.
Goliath was killed with this smooth stone that penetrated through his military issued helmet. I also personally believe that if David shot the stone in the other direction, it still would have hit its target because it was Holy Spirit filled and on mission from God to show the world, especially those in Israel, whom God has anointed to be King and that no one gets away with fighting against Israel. Davit’s obedience to God’s commandments along with his devotion and heart for God not only established a great monarchy for Israel but an example for all other nations as well.
And even though Davit’s sin with Batches and very poor parental skills (I. E. , with Abyssal) are recorded for our learning, the New Testament scripture mentions David in the Hall of Faith as a positive role model “… Through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises… Made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. ” (Hebrews 1 1:33-34) The next king following Davit’s death as his son Solomon who was granted an understanding mind to govern the people.