King David is my favorite King among the Kings that are most talked about in the Bible. As a Christian, I am inspired by King David, whom they call a man after God’s heart. The way he was repentant reminds me to strive to always repent my sins. Anyway, since he is my favorite among all Kings in the Bible, I chose to teach about him for three consecutive Bible study sessions. I delved into an in-depth study of David. As I started, I had to get to the basics, like, how many times David is mentioned in the Bible.
David is mentioned approximately 1100 times in the Bible. His name is among the most mentioned names in the Bible probably because he is the only man in the Bible who is said to take after God’s heart, as written in 1st Samuel 13:14.
Join me as I write about David in the Bible and why he was special to God. I will also write about facts that you need to know about him as well as key verses about David. Read on to find out.
Who was David in the Bible?
David was the son of Jesse, who challenged Goliath. According to the recordings in the book of 1st Samuel, David was the last son of Jesse. He spent his early life as a shepherd of his father’s sheep and later on became the court aide of King Saul. During King Saul’s time, there was a giant strong man in the army of Philistines called Goliath, who had never been challenged by anyone from King Saul’s army. However, David challenged Goliath with the power of God and used only a sling and stone to kill Goliath.
David became the second king of Israel after the death of King Saul. As recorded in the book of 1st and 2nd Samuel, after he killed Goliath, David ran away to Southern Judah because King Saul wanted to kill him in fear that Israelites would make David King after killing Goliath. During his exile, David equipped himself with necessary merits by acting in a manner that would attract invitation from his home country by the people to make him King. He was also anointed as a king of Israel by the prophet Samuel. In the meantime, Saul and his son were killed in a war with the Amalekites, and David had to become the second king of Israel. He conquered many nations to expand his empire.
David was the King in the Bible who made Jerusalem a center of worship, as implied in the book of 2nd Samuel 6:1-19. He brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem from Abinadab’s house, making Jerusalem a holy city. Although it is important to note that he did not build a temple for God, his son Solomon did; he still made Jerusalem a religious center through the Ark of the Covenant.
Why was King David so special to God?
His devotion to God
It is suggested that he was special to God because of how he devoted himself to God. He composed half of the book Psalms for God.
David was Repentant
He was also repentant and humble. Every time David committed a sin, he would humble himself before God and ask for forgiveness. It is believed that the repentant nature of David strengthened the relationship between him and God and made him special.
David was Christ’s descendant
Also, the house of David formed a lineage of Jesus Christ. Through David’s descendants, Christ was born. It was a fulfillment of God’s promise to establish David’s dynasty forever.
Biblical references about David
Ruth 4:22 gives the family line of David, from Obed to Jesse to David.
1st Samuel 6:13 says that Samuel anointed David as King of Israel as his brothers watched.
2nd Samuel 12:10 talks about the punishment to David’s house for his adulterous nature. All people in David’s house would die by the sword.
Luke 1:32 talks about Jesus Christ receiving David’s throne.
1st Samuel 13:14 talks about David being the nan who takes after God’s heart.
2nd Samuel 9:1 says that David wanted to be kind to anyone from Saul’s house because Jonathan had saved him from being killed.
1st Chronicles 18:14 says that David ruled Israel justly and treated each person equally.
1st Samuel 18:12 says that the Lord was with David and had left Saul; Saul then feared David.
1st Chronicles 14:17 says that David became famous by God’s doing, and all nations feared him.
Ezekiel 34:23 says that God made David a shepherd to take care of his people.
10 Facts You Need to Know About King David
- David was the son of Jesse from the tribe of Judah.
- David came from Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
- David was the second king of Israel.
- David formed and expanded the Judean Dynasty.
- Prophet Samuel anointed David as King even when there was a king on the throne, King Saul.
- David was a shepherd and a musician.
- David was a great fighter who slayed Goliath with faith and power from God.
- David is the only man in the Bible who is said to be a man after God’s heart, according to the book of 1st Samuel 13:14
- He wrote half of Psalms
- David’s favorite wife was Abigael.
Where is David mentioned in the New Testament?
David is mentioned in the New Testament in the book of Matthew 15:22. A Canaanite woman referred to Jesus Christ as the son of David. This is to confirm that the Messiah came from David’s bloodline.
Luke 1:32 also talks about David as the forefather of Jesus Christ. It was an Angel Gabriel’s prophecy about Jesus Christ receiving the throne of David.
Luke 1:69 mentions David and says that the savior came from the house of David.
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