King David

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Michelangelo’s David

David (c.1043–c.973 B.C.) is one of the most loved and revered figures in Hebrew history, was born the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem.

I Samuel 17 records how, as a young shepherd boy, he single-handedly slew the Philistine giant Goliath.

When the disobedient King Saul rejected the word of the LORD and the LORD rejected him from being king, “for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry,”[1] the LORD sent Samuel to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint the shepherd boy David, youngest of Jesse’s sons, to be king of Israel.

As the successor of Saul, David rose to become king of all of Israel, reuniting the twelve tribes as one nation and greatly extending its borders. He established Jerusalem as the capital and there enshrined the ark of the covenant.

David is honored as the “ideal king”—symbol of the bond between God and nation.

His soul reembodied as the Lord Jesus Christ.

See also

Jesus Christ


Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 27, no. 61.

  1. 1 Sam. 15:22.

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Lords of the Seven Rays