2. King David


1.  Patriarch Joseph 2.  King David 3. The Lord Jesus Christ

God's duel purpose for David was to raise him up to be the king of Israel and through his genealogy Mary the mother of Jesus would come.

Jesus as a descendant of David will one day rule over the entire world as King of kings and Lord of lords.

David's story begins in 1 Samuel ch.16

God rejects Saul as being king and sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David as the next king of Israel. David at this time was about 14 years of age.

1Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

David was introduced to King Saul by his son, to sooth Saul's troubled spirit by his songs and musical abilities. During this period of time king Saul and his army was daily challenged by a giant philistine warrior, named Goliath. All were afraid  of Goliath except David. Taking up the challenge, David went forth and killed Goliath with a rock from his sling and the Israeli army defeated the Philistines that day.

As the people sing praises to David, king Saul became insanely jealous of David and from that day sought to kill him. Having to flee from Saul,  David's trials grew in intensity.

Several times over the course of about ten years David could have killed Saul but refused to do so. He would not take the life of a man anointed by the Lord God. As an outcast and fugitive, David was persecuted by King Saul until the death of Saul.

After the death of Saul, David eventually became King over all twelve tribes of Israel.

As with Joseph, David's character and maturity was forged in the fiery trials that he went through. In it all he keep his faith and sing praises to God.

At the age of fourteen, David was not ready to be a king.

By tremendous pressure a lump of coal becomes a diamond.