The Story of David
3: God created everything.
2: Sin came into the world
4: God called Abraham and launched the beginning of a nation through him
1: Abraham had Isaac
5: Isaac had Esau and Jacob
2: Jacob had 12 sons of which Joseph was the youngest
4: Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers
3: But through God’s leading he became a key leader in Egypt.
5: He rescued Egypt and Israel from a 7 year famine
4: Egypt eventually turned on Israel and made them their slaves
3: The people cried out
2: God sent Moses
1: He rescued the people and led them to the Promised Land
2: Israel settled into the land
5: And over time they noticed a distinct difference between them and the other nations
3: Hey! Have you noticed that everyone else has a king?
4: True, but isn’t God our King?
3: I guess. But it would be so much cooler if we had a human king!
1: Well, God tried to warn them of how a human government would eventually oppress them but they would not listen
2-5: WE WANT A KING!
1: So God gave them what they wanted.
5: Samuel the prophet anointed Saul as the first king of Israel.
2: But Saul’s impatience with God’s timing often got him in a lot of trouble.
4: God was done with Saul and was ready to send Samuel off to anoint the next king.
3: Samuel, go to the house of Jesse. For one of his sons will be the next king.
1: So Samuel went and met with Jesse and his sons.
2: Jesse’s sons lined up from first born to last.
3: Samuel took a look at the first son and thought
5: Wow! This must be the next king! Why he just looks soooo kingly!
1: But God said to Samuel
4: Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.
5: Well maybe the next son.
5: And the next
1: Seven sons who all looked like the warrior type but all of them rejected by God
2: Samuel turned to Jesse and asked,
5: “Is that all of your sons?”
3: Well, there is one more. He is the youngest. He is out tending the sheep.
5: Then send someone out to go get him!
2: As David approached the crowd, God told Samuel
4: That is the one. Anoint him!
1: There was something different about David.
2: In appearance he did not even come close to looking the part of a king more than his big brothers.
3: We also live in a world where the outward appearance is how we judge each other.
4: The reality is that God knows our heart.
1: We may fool everyone around us
5: But God knows our heart.
4: God knew David’s heart.
3: God knew that David had the character to be a great king.
2: God knew that David had the conviction to honor God in all he did.
1: What about you?
3: God can take your heart and change it.
5: God can take your life and give you purpose.
2: God has anointed you with his Spirit.
4: You too are a child of the king!
1: Who would you rather be like? The 7 big brothers or David?
1: Although David was anointed as the next king
2: It took a while for him to get the job.
3: Saul was still in charge and fighting against the Philistines
4: One day Jesse decided to send David off to go check up on his brothers who were in Saul’s army fighting against the Philistines.
5: When David showed up he was puzzled by what he saw!
3: A giant of a Philistine!
1: He was over 9 feet tall!
4: Just his armor alone weighed 125 pounds!
2: His name was Goliath.
5: And he was declaring the terms of battle with the Israelite army.
3: Only one Israelite warrior needs to step up and fight against Goliath. Whoever wins the fight, will also win the war.
1: King Saul also promised riches, marriage to his daughter, and no taxes for life if any Israelite soldier would defeat Goliath!
2: But David watched in stunned disbelief as the Israelite army ran around like cowards
5: David asked the soldiers standing by him,
3: “What will be done for the person who kills that Philistine over there and removes this insult from Israel? Who is that uncircumcised Philistine, anyway, that he can get away with insulting the army of the living God?”
1: David went straight to King Saul and said
3: “Don’t let anyone lose courage because of this Philistine! I, your servant, will go out and fight him!”
2: Saul answered
4: “You can’t go out and fight this Philistine, You are still a boy. But he’s been a warrior since he was a boy!”
3: Your servant has fought both lions and bears. This pathetic giant will be just like one of them because he has insulted the army of the living God. The Lord, who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.
4: “Well then, Go! And may the Lord be with you!”
5: David grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the stream bed. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag and with sling in hand went out to the Philistine.
1: When Goliath saw David coming he made fun of him because he was just a boy.
2: “Am I some sort of dog that you come at me with sticks?”
5: And he cursed David.
2: “Come here, and I’ll feed your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
4: But David told Goliath,
3: “You are coming against me with sword, and spear, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted. Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down. Then the whole world will know that God is on Israel’s side. And all those gathered here will know that the Lord doesn’t save by means of sword and spear. The Lord owns this war, and he will hand all of you over to us.”
1: Goliath began to move in for the attack.
5: David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone. He slung it, and it hit Goliath on his forehead.
2: The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground, dead.
4: And that’s how David triumphed over the Philistine with just a sling and a stone, striking the Philistine down and killing him—and David didn’t even have a sword!
3: When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they fled.
1: On the surface this is the ultimate underdog story!
2: David vs. Goliath
3: But is it really?
4: David had the right perspective when it came to overcoming the giant obstacles in his life.
5: He knew that God was so much bigger than the problem in front of him.
3: He had confidence in God’s deliverance
1: He knew that God gave him the skills to overcome.
4: What the army of Israel was too afraid to do, David accomplished in a matter of minutes
2: He wasn’t intimidated by Goliath because he knew it wasn’t David vs. Goliath.
5: Instead it was God vs. Goliath. No contest. End of story.
3: And this battle brought David into the spotlight of King Saul.
1: Setting him up to become the next king.
1: Eventually Saul sees that God has left him and now favors David
5: He attempted to kill David several times
2: David refused to steal the throne from Saul
4: Instead, Saul and his son Jonathan die in battle
3: The nation turns to David to lead them
1: He is now King
2: David grows the kingdom of Israel
3: Everything David does God blesses
4: God said to him:
5: I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be leader over my people Israel. I’ve been with you wherever you’ve gone, and I’ve eliminated all your enemies before you. Now I will make your name great—like the name of the greatest people on earth. I’m going to provide a place for my people Israel, and plant them so that they may live there and no longer be disturbed. And I will give you rest from all your enemies.
3: And the Lord declared that he would make a dynasty out of David’s leadership.
1: All was good until one day when his army was off at battle and David was back at his castle.
2: He looked down and happened to see a woman bathing.
3: He stared.
4: He desired.
5: His heart began to lust.
4: He was the king.
3: No one could say no to him
2: The king always gets what he wants.
1: And rape is what he wanted.
5: One act of desire, no one would ever know.
2: Until weeks later a message came back to him from the woman
4: I am pregnant.
3: Great. How do I make this disappear. Her husband is one of my greatest warriors. I will have him come home from battle so he can spend time with his wife. That way, he will think it was his child.
1: Only one problem.
5: The husband would not go to be with his wife while he had his soldiers in battle.
2: His loyalty to the troops would come first.
3: So David gave him a top secret message to take back to the general overseeing the war.
4: Little did the husband know it was orders to have him murdered in battle.
5: The husband was led into the worst part of the battle and then all the troops backed off.
3: Husband dead. Problem solved. His wife is now my wife.
2: That was until God sends a prophet to confront David with these horrific crimes he is now guilty of.
1: David broke. He knew he was busted.
2: He confessed,
3: “I have sinned against the Lord!”
4: Consequences of his sin affected his relationship with God
5: Consequences of his sin affected his whole family
1: David wrote in a Psalm:
3: Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me! Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me. Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit.
5: Even though David dealt with many consequences related to his sin.
2: God restored him and forgave him.
4: David was able to reestablish his relationship with God
2: And in the end he was one of the greatest kings of the nation of Israel.
5: God’s grace and forgiveness are always there.
4: When we experience God it is a powerful moment.
3: But sin can make us feel separated from God.
2: Guilt can bring on despair.
1: Doubt sets in.
3: Until we realize it is we who moved away from God.
5: How about you?
2: Do you have a close relationship with God?
4: Or do you know that sin has come between you and God?
3: God is there.
1: He is ready to forgive you.
5: God continues to forgive us, restore us and empower us to be his kingdom people.
2: God established his Kingdom with David
4: And He continues to expand his kingdom through you!