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Jesse Tree Day 11

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 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.” -1 Samuel 16: 1, 7-12

Since the time of Ruth, much has happened in Israel’s history. The judges were not working out so well. The people, as a whole, refused to follow God’s laws. They didn’t want God to be their King, but choose to have a man instead. Samuel, who was the last judge, warned them that a king would mean taxes, military, political arguments, but they didn’t care. Samuel anointed Saul, who was a tall and handsome fella. He was very unsure of himself as king. Unsure is better than proud, I suppose. When he finally got some confidence, he broke God’s law about sacrifice and was then rejected by God as king. It’s not so much that he sinned, as it was that he didn’t regard God’s law and truly felt sorry for breaking it. He was sorry he was in trouble, but that was it.

Samuel is then sent out by God to anoint the new king. When Samuel arrives to Jesse’s house, they have a huge feast. Jesse brings out his oldest son. When Samuel see him he thinks, “surely he will make an awesome king.” However, God was not interested in what a king looked like. Saul had already been a tall strong king. God wanted the new king to be one that would honor him and his name by how he lived. After being shown all the sons, Samuel asked if there was any more. Yes, there was the youngest, still out taking care of chores.

Jesse Tree Day 11

When the young man came he had a youthful glow to him. He was handsome and healthy. As soon as Samuel saw him, he heard the voice of the Lord. “This is the one.”

David was still a young lad. He wasn’t even old enough to serve in the army yet. One day he goes to check on his brothers who have joined the military. They are camped on one side, opposite the Philistine opponents. As he is talking to his brothers, the largest, strongest Philistine came out to once again challenge the Israelites to a one-on-one battle, winner take all.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:8-11

Now Saul should have been the man who would go out against the Philistine. Instead he said that the winner would be given a daughter of his to marry, great wealth, and would no longer be taxed.

David was seriously offended by Goliath. Even more so, he was offended that none of the Israelites would do anything. Goliath was insulting their Almighty God. David volunteers. Saul at first tried to reject the notion from this lad, but David assures him that he can handle it.

“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37

At first Saul tries to dress David in his own armor, which doesn’t fit. David then makes preparations. He gathers 5 smooth stones from a creek and put them in his shepherd’s bag. Then he armed himself with his staff and slingshot. As David rushed out to meet his foe, Goliath is greatly offended. He comes this small lad with a stick to fight. Goliath curses the one true God and screams his bloody threats to David. David yells back, unshaken by what the giant has to say.

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. 1 Samuel 17:45

They both rush out to the battle line, ready to strike each other down, both with strength and confidence. As David is rushing out, he reaches into his pouch, pulls out one stone, and before Goliath knows what hit him, he falls down dead, with a stone buried deep into his skull. David pulls Goliath’s sword from his own hand and cuts his head off as the final blow to sweet victory. The one true God wins.

Saul  takes notice of this young man and quickly adds him to his closest group. David is assigned a special job to the king. Saul’s son, Jonathan becomes best friends with David. Each day that David serves the king faithfully Saul becomes more and more jealous. People begin to chant about the greatness of David, better than their own king. His son adores him. His own daughter is married and loves him. Jealousy overcomes him and David goes from most trusted man to the most wanted man.

Despite being anointed the next king, despite not doing anything wrong to Saul, David refuses to give in to the temptation of fighting Saul. He spends a good chunk of his life playing cat and mouse with King Saul. He always seems one step ahead of the King. A couple times he could have taken Saul’s life, but he didn’t. He believed that life was something only God had the right to take. In the fulness of time, he would one day he would take his place as King. He patiently waited.

After a terrible battle, it finally happens. David grieves the loss of Saul, but also his best friend Jonathan. David eventually becomes king over all of Israel. He has many wives and children. David is most remembered as the man after God’s own heart. Reading the Psalms it’s very clear that David LOVED the Lord.

…and then there’s Bathsheba. Without going over then entire story, I would like to point out the difference in David and Saul. David was completely in the wrong. He wasn’t in battle (where he was supposed to be), envied and coveted, basically forced Bathsheba to be with him, lied, and murdered her husband. So there is no doubt that David sinned. (There are also other times that David disobeyed God, as well). So how could he be considered a man after God’s own heart when all Saul did was kill the sacrificially animal?

I think the most important difference is in their reactions. When Samuel questioned Saul about what he did, he quickly gave a bunch of excuses. He wasn’t sorry that he disobeyed; he was sorry that he was busted. His heart had been filled with pride and position. He felt he was above the law of God.

When David is confronted we have the opposite reaction.

I have sinned against the Lord -2 Samuel 12:13

Jesse Tree Day 11David knew he was in the wrong. He broke God’s law and was going to be punished. Another life would be taken, his own son. The rest of his time as king would be a time of great loss and fighting. Everyone in the nation will know and see the notorious acts that his own son would do.

The main difference between David and Saul was that David repented. He knew what he did was wrong. He heart had changed. No longer was he puffed up with pride, but saw his actions and sins for what they were. There is no excuse for breaking God’s law, except that we want the control. Being a man after God’s heart doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means that you seek out to know God more so that you can get rid of the things that displease him and live in a way that honors his name.

David loved the Lord with all his heart, all his soul and all his strength. It pleased the Lord to bless him. David was given as special promise. From his line a King would come. This King would always honor the Lord. This king would unlike every other king. He would be the Messiah, the Promised one of God, come to save us from our sins.

Family Devotion:

gather things around your house that could be use as weapons to protect, it’s better if they are toys than real weapons. shield, light sabers, water guns, etc. Bible and ornament

Ask the kids to choose what would be the best weapon to have to protect themselves (or super power). Read the passage above about David and Goliath. What weapons did David have to fight the big strong Goliath? What did David say was the one thing he would use to win? (The name of the Lord). Pray together, thanking God that he protects us and is a mighty God.

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