Icons of the Bible: King David - Fearless Warrior, Loyal Follower of God, Worst of Sinners
Updated: Aug 19, 2022
The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture.
The Bible tells the stories of many sinners that were saved by grace. There are no super heroes. No self-made men or woman. We live and breath day by day because God grants us life. Be grateful and humble today, praise God and serve others! - Andy
The Story of King David in the Bible
"King David is one of the most well-known figures in Jewish history. His life was filled with much happiness and much pain. He is known by many titles: David the conqueror, David the pious man, David the sweet singer, David the shepherd and David the penitent. King David was a descendant of Judah as well as Ruth, and was promised by G‑d that his children would rule Israel forever. Until this very day, he is remembered by Jews everywhere, who still chant his Psalms in prayer, in times of joy and sorrow.
David’s Early Life
David was born in Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, in the year 2854 (907 BCE), during the era of the prophets. He was the youngest of seven sons, and only 10 generations removed from Judah, one of Jacob's 12 sons. He was also a descendant of Ruth, the famous Moabite convert.1
A red-cheeked, bright-eyed and handsome young man, he used to tend to the sheep of his father, Jesse. Now, the people had recently anointed Saul as the first king of Israel, but Saul soon sinned and fell from Divine grace.
It was then that the prophet Samuel (as directed by G‑d) anointed David as king of Israel. And so his ascension to the throne began.2
David and Saul
King Saul and David’s first encounter occurred when an evil spirit gripped King Saul. His advisors suggested he bring in a skilled musician who would play for the king to ease his mind. One of the attendants present recommended that the king bring in young David, whom he knew to be a skilled performer. Little did Saul know that the young lad who was playing before him was destined to be his successor.3
David and Goliath
At this time, King Saul was battling the Philistines, longtime enemies of Israel.
In the valley of Elah, the two armies were poised for battle, with nothing but a hill separating them. The Philistines vastly outnumbered Saul’s army.." from the article: The Story of King David in the Bible
David and Bathsheba
Who Was Bathsheba in the Bible?
The first time Bathsheba’s name is mentioned in the Bible is in 2 Samuel 11:3. The man whom King David sent to find out about her identified her as, “Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite” (2 Samuel 11:3).
The prior verse says while she was bathing, the king was walking around on the roof of the palace and saw her. Next thing she knew, messengers from the king were at her house to take her to the palace.
Why Was She Being Taken?
Bathsheba’s husband, one of the King’s “Mighty Men” was away at war. It’s plausible she thought King David wanted to speak with her about her husband, Uriah. Maybe he was injured. Or perhaps the king had news about her father Eliam, also one of the king’s “Mighty Men.” Still, she might have thought it could be about her grandfather Ahithophel, one of King David’s Chief Advisors. Surely, it must be about them because he cared about them.
If these were her thoughts, she was sadly mistaken.." from the article: Who Was Bathsheba in the Bible?
15 Life-Lessons From King David
Fearless warrior, passionate family man, loyal follower of G‑d, and a person deeply affected by those around him, King David lived a tumultuous and triumphant life. He was the progenitor of a royal dynasty chosen by G‑d, but he suffered mightily from strife, especially at the hand of those closest to him. Here are 15 lessons from King David’s life we can all live by:1. Never Judge by Appearances
Our first lesson comes not from David, but from G‑d Himself. G‑d dispatched the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons future king of Israel. One by one, Samuel was shown all of Jesse’s older sons, but none were “the one.” Little David, out tending the sheep, was not present. Said G‑d to Samuel: “Look not upon his appearance, or the height of his stature … the L‑rd sees into the heart.” Smallest and least likely of them all, it was David who held the potential to lead Israel to greatness.." from the article: 15 Life-Lessons From King David