king David; important. But how and why?

God testified concerning David saying, “I have found David, a man after My own heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22).

Born a slight young man in comparison with his brothers.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David

I am also utterly and absolutely in awe of people who risk their own lives so that I may live free. Soldiers, police, firefighters — all of these people are truly my heroes, and I am humbled by their bravery and selflessness. I do not have the courage to do what they do. And I know that I would not be living this wonderful life without them.

David’s brothers were some of those people. They followed Saul into battle (in a time, I might mention, when the king went to battle with his soldiers). Their father, Jesse, was willing to risk the safety of the baby of the family, David, to support and appreciate what the eldest sons were doing for the good of the Israelite nation. It was a whole family affair. It was a whole nation affair.

God chose David because God chose David (Romans 9:14–18). Mind you we are all Created for a purpose.    We are never told why. But, this much is clear: It is in the choosing, and in the choosing alone, that David’s heart was declared to be good, and this by the imputation of Jesus Christ, David’s own Son. So it is with all of us who are in Christ.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-purpose/%3famp

David in the book of Psalms wrote:
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16

You were Known before you were born, and Created for A purpose.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_knew_us_before_we_were_born

Interestingly, a slight understanding of genetics really does not explain the physical difference between David and his biological brothers! David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul into war.

Quick summary:

The Bible tells the story of David’s reign in detail (1 Samuel 16 to 1Kings 2:11), reflecting its importance as well as its length. David “reigned over Israel for forty years, seven and a half in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem” (c. 1009/1001-969 B.C.E.). His long reign was later regarded as Israel’s “golden age”; David himself was seen as the model king. David’s later glorification may seem paradoxical in light of the fact that he was a Bethlehemite, from the tribe of Judah, and not from any of the original, northern tribes (Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin). Furthermore, David was one of Saul’s adversaries, who had been banned because he was considered the personal enemy of the first Israelite king. Moreover, at the time of Saul’s death, David was serving as a mercenary in the army of the Philistines, Israel’s bitter enemy.

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/king-david/

 In 1 Samuel 17:12–14, Scripture plainly states that Jesse had eight sons, of which David was the youngest. But in 1 Chronicles 2:12–16, the account of David’s family lists only seven sons of Jesse. So, did David have six or seven brothers?

The narrative of David’s anointing by the prophet Samuel supports the reasoning that Jesse had eight sons, and thus David had seven brothers: “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The LORD has not chosen these.’ So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’ Samuel said, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives. So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’ So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah” (1 Samuel 16:10–13).

Again, we run into genetics….different from birth (in essence different before birth). The life of David was preparation for everything he faced in life.

As a shepherd his military tactics were honed against beasts that preyed on the flock he watched…

https://bible.org/seriespage/1-davids-youth-training-ground-godly-leadership

This without pause leads us to his delivering his father’s message to his brothers. 1 Samuel 17:17-18. Jesse said, Take now for thy brethren, &c. — He thought provisions might be scarce with them. But, having other sons at home with him, it was, no doubt, through a divine influence that he sent David from the sheep upon this errand. Carry these ten cheeses unto the captain — Whose favour might be very serviceable to them. And take their pledge — That is, bring me some token of their welfare. Perhaps Jesse and his sons had fixed on some pledge between them, that they might be assured the messengers they sent to each other had been with them, and executed their commission.

Goliath, according to the biblical account, was a giant soldier from the city of Gath and champion of the Philistine army, who besieged the armies of Israel for forty days. Goliath was extraordinarily high for the average even by today’s standards. The writings cipher his height in six elbows and one span (2.9 m). His copper mail coat weighed 5,000 shekels (57 kg), and the iron blade of his spear was 600 shekels (6.8 kg). He was one of the Refaim, and he may have been a mercenary soldier in the Philistine army. It is necessary to note that the height described in the Bible about Goliath is approximately 2.90 meters.

https://st-takla.org/bible/commentary/en/ot/matthew-henry/samuel1/ch21.html

In the Bible David is considered a just, brave, passionate king; warrior, musician and poet, not exempt from sins. According to the Bible, he was chosen by God in person to govern Israel. The Bible does not specify a description of David’s physique, but if he is described as the youngest of a group of brothers, he was a pastor and when it came to fighting Goliath, he was so small that the king’s armor slid down his body .

Testing! Saul had been God’s first choice as king of Israel. But Saul failed in both the tests that God gave him – through impatience (1 Sam. 13) and disobedience (1 Sam. 15). And so God took away the kingdom from him and gave it to David.

https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=23391

God tests us because He Loves us dearly and wants us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. This is why the Bible tells us we can rejoice when being tested. What are our tests? How do we recognize a test?

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/god/why-does-god-test-us.html

Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. + Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! + Psalm 62:5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him

The three most common words heard among Christians in times of crisis are: “Lord, do something!” It is totally against our nature as human beings to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk. Even devoted believers panic when the Lord doesn’t move according to their timetable.

https://worldchallenge.org/content/stand-still-and-see-salvation-lord

+ Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak

+ James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

walk in love.

+ Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak

+ James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

+ Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

+ Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

+ Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

+ Psalm 62:5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

+ Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.

+ Psalm 131:2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. 

+ Isaiah 32:17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

+ 1 Thessalonians 4:11 And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.

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