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6/4 David gained the trust of his people in his covenant with the Creator

Welcome back to the Covenant made between Jehovah and the shepherd boy, David.  We saw his rise to life in the palace after the defeat of the giant, Goliath.  David remanded true to his calling, even in the face of overwhelming pressure from King Saul.  He was hunted in the caves and in the fields, a marked man.  Yet, David did not lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed, King Saul.

We learn in 1 Samuel, chapter 22 onwards, that many men came to David.  Some were valiant warriors and others were the misfits of the army.  From his group, David formed an army and continued to defeat their enemies.

Chapter 31 in 1 Samuel brings us to King Saul’s death and David is triumphant in his many battles.  He is recognised as the rightful, anointed King and his rule begins another chapter for the people.

C.  DAVID FAILS THE BATHSHEBA TEST

David commits adultery with Bathsheba and kills her husband Uriah.  As a result, his first-born son by Bathsheba is allowed to die by God.  Conflict continues between David’s sons and their place in his kingdom.  Absalom’s rebellion gives us all lessons to avoid.  His vanity and lust for power corrupt his heart and he dies a wasted death.

The conflict continues now within the military camps.  David takes a census of the people and pays a heavy price for his disobedience, 1 Chronicles  21:12-14.  70,000 men die of the plague.

D. DAVID CONTINUES HIS STORY

“One of my greatest sadness in my life was to lose my best friend Jonathan, killed with his father, King Saul.  How all the people grieved for this brave man!  Soon after, the prophet Samuel’s pronouncement became true.  I was recognised and celebrated as the new King over my people.

“In the course of time, I married as all good kings need do. Ahinoam and Abigail were…my first wives….but my eyes and my heart were caught by another – Bathsheba.  In the spring, when kings go off to war, I sent her husband to death.  Oh my Soul, show Your misery, my God!  Our precious first born son was taken.

“…but Jehovah is merciful.  My beautiful Bathsheba conceived and gave me Solomon, the future King of of my people.

“Victories won and some were lost but our enemies were slowing pushed back.  My heart’s desire was to build a Temple for my great Jehovah-Hosenu.  I began to collect the wood, the gold and silver and began to get the planning going for the mot magnificent Temple in the world!

“This brings me to my days of sleep and dreaming.  As I grow old, my sons fight for control over Jehovah’s kingdom.  Who will win – Adonijah or my chosen, Solomon?  My heart fails me for breathe is leaving my body and I grew weary of this life.  I have lost Absalom in the rebellion of my people.  I grieve for so many lost men and my sons, my wives and those who served with me.  I face my end with my trust in my Maker, in the Creator of all life, Jehovah-Saboath, the God of Hosts, Who alone is Omnipotent.”

E. THE DECISION TO BUILD A TEMPLE FOR JEHOVAH

1.  David had shed so much blood in killing Uriah and in all the wars, Jehovah wouldn’t let him build the temple”, 1 Chronicles. 22:8, but gives that job to Solomon   As David slips from power, struggles grow between Adonijah and Solomon.  David leaves his last stage of life with a victory song, Psalms 18 – a fitting close to the life of a king, who was a man after God’s own heart, 1 Samuel 13:14.

2.   In moving from David’s reign to the golden age of Solomon, Israel began a new and glorious chapter in their history.  Perhaps with all the wealth at their fingertips, the people just might remain true to Jehovah?

F.  AFTER SOLOMON, THE KINDOM IS SPLIT INTO TWO GROUPS

The Northern Kingdom of 10 tribes under Rehoboam,

The Southern kingdom, under Jeroboam, with two tribes.

1.  The division was a direct result of Solomon’s idolatry. 

During his time, Israel’s worship and loyalty to Jehovah is increasingly corrupt and idolatrous.  The nation’s moral and religious fibre declines and Jehovah carries out His righteous judgements as a result.

2. The Old Testament books of Kings and Chronicles record a united, stable kingdom with a strong king, under Solomon. 

However, at end of this chapter of Israel’s history is total collapse and mass deportation.  The Northern Kingdom (known as ‘Israel’) is taken to Assyria in 721 BC, the Southern Kingdom of Judah goes to Babylonia – 606 BC.  70 years would pass before they returned again – a changed and repentant people?

F.  IN CONSLUSION

David faced many troubles in his journey in life; some he conquered but in all that, he was true to his God, the Jehovah-Elyon, ‘the Most high God’.  We have many of his songs and poems recorded in the book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

In all of his story, what can we learn?  From his lowly beginnings to the heights of power and prestige, David kept faithful.  He faced his temptations: ‘girls, gold and glory’ as one person put it.  We all find those temptations in our path as well.  How are you doing with the big three?

In our next post, we see the makings of the Covenant, the words and the promises given through David to the people of His Land.  As with the pr4vious Covenants, this Covenant is also laying a foundation of the greatest Covenant of all, between the Lord Jesus Christ and His people for all eternity.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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