1 Samuel 16 – 2
After being delivered from Egyptian slavery and
receiving a land flowing with milk and honey, Israel
was governed by judges whom God selected. But the
Israelites wanted to be like all the nations around
them. They rejected God and wanted a king. So God gave
them a king - Saul. He ruled by what the people wanted
- rule by opinion rather than as an obedient servant of
God. Therefore, Samuel, at God's direction, anointed
David as king, one who would obey him. Many times David
had to flee from Saul because Saul was hunting him down
like a common criminal desiring to kill him. Yet, in
spite of this David refused to do anything
"against God's anointed".
After Saul's death David became king. God said of
David: "After removing Saul, he made David their
king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David
son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do
everything I want him to do.' From this man's
descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus,
as he promised." (Acts 13:22-23).
On one occasion David's men were among the flocks of a
very wealthy man and while there they dealt honorably
with him protecting him, not mistreating his herdsmen
or taking anything of his. Later David was nearby, his
men were hungry and in need of food so David requested
assistance, but Nabal, a surly man known for his mean
dealings, refused David's request in a harsh and
disrespectful manner. David became very angry,
intending to kill him, but he repented, allowing God to
exercise his judgment.
But not everything was godly in David's life. Instead
of going to battle with his army he remained at home.
There he saw a lovely woman, lusted for her and sent
for her to commit adultery. Learning she was pregnant
by him, he ordered the murder of her husband to cover
up his sin. Terrible? Yes! Pleasing to God? No! David
desired fleshly satisfaction and yielded to the
temptation. He suffered much for this sin. But when
confronted by Nathan, the messenger from God, he
admitted his wickedness, repented and pleaded for
forgiveness. Although forgiven, he still suffered the
consequences of his sinful actions. No doubt his
attitude of heart, his remorse and desire for
forgiveness in order to be reconciled to God is why God
would say "I have found David the son of Jesse, a
man after My own heart, who will do all My will."
This is everyone's situation today. We have all sinned,
need the proper attitude toward our sin and need to be
reconciled to God.
God promised David that one of his descendants would
sit on his throne forever, referring to Jesus, the
Christ, whose kingdom will have no end. It was Christ,
without sin, totally obeying God, willingly giving his
life as an atoning sacrifice for us, thus fulfilling
God's promise to David and Abraham.
1. David refused to harm Saul, King of Israel, as Saul
had been appointed king by God and to do harm to him
would not be respecting God.
2. A person after God’s own heart means
One who teaches God
laws and commandments.
One who is powerful in
leading God’s people.
One who desires to do
what is right and desires to correct sinful acts he may
3. David is an example for us in that he
Was a powerful King.
Did not sin therefore
Jesus who had no sin could be the Son of David.
Was quick to repent
and plead for God’s mercy upon becoming aware of
4. God was always pleased with David’s
5. Jesus, a descendant of David, gave His life as the
atoning sacrifice for forgiveness of sins