Lessons from King David: Waiting on God

David has been anointed as the future king, killed Goliath and soothed Saul’s inner spirits. David is now married to King Saul’s daughter, Michal. When Saul desires to murder David, Michal helps him escape. {1 Samuel 19} David went first to Samuel and then his best friend {Saul’s own son}, Jonathan helped David to escape. {1 Samuel 20} David continues […]

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Lessons from King David: A Hero

David has defeated the Philistine giant, Goliath. Saul sets David over “the men of war” and the people love him. As they are going through the city, the women come out to greet them. “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” {1 Samuel 18:7} Saul is […]

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Lessons from King David: Goliath

At some point David has returned to the fields and his sheep. 1 Samuel 16:17 tells us that Jesse’s three oldest sons {Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah} have followed Saul into battle. The Philistine’s are torturing Saul and his men. For forty days he “drew near morning and night”. Jesse asked David to take his brothers some food. David does as […]

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Lessons from King David: Gift of Music

David has been anointed by the Lord {1 Samuel 16} and the Lord is with him. However, an evil spirit has come upon Saul. Saul’s men do not know what to do about Saul and this evil spirit. One of them has heard of a son of Jesse and described him as “cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, […]

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Lessons from King David: Shepherd Boy

Let’s set a little bit of history for when we first meet David. Saul has angered the Lord, who has promised to take the throne from Saul. At the beginning of 1 Samuel 16, the Lord ask Samuel how long he will mourn for Saul. The Lord then tells Samuel to go to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for among his sons […]

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Wives of King David: King David’s Children

We’ve been studying the lives and lessons from the wives of King David, including the childless wife, some nameless concubines, a bed warmer and an almost wife. But what about his children? Only one daughter is mentioned by name.  She is Tamar, daughter of Maacah.  Her name is Hebrew and means date palm, palm tree or a date {the fruit}.  She […]

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Wives of King David: Merab, the Almost Wife

Merab was the oldest daughter of King Saul and his wife, Ahinoam.  {Most likely a different woman than David’s wife, Ahinoam of Jezreel.}  Her name means abundant in the Hebrew language. Merab was promised to David by her father, King Saul, upon his victory over Goliath.  However, this marriage never seems to have taken place.  We are not told exactly […]

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David had many wives & concubines

We know that David married many more wives other than the seven listed by name.  However, we don’t know how many more. 2 Samuel 5 says “David married more wives in Jerusalem.” The Brown commentary states “In this conduct David transgressed an express law, which forbade the king of Israel to multiply wives unto himself in Deuteronomy 17:17.” We do […]

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Wives of King David: Bathsheba

The story of Bathsheba is the best known of King David’s wives. By the time David meets her he is King of Israel and living in Jerusalem. Her name means the daughter of oath.  Her father and grandfather were in David’s inner circle and Wikipedia says her father, Eliam, was “one of David’s thirty” and her grandfather, Ahitophel was “one […]

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Wives of King David: Haggith

  Haggith is mentioned three times in the old testament in the line of David’s wives.  {2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 1-2; 1 Chronicles 3:2} According to Wikipedia her name means festive.  One wonders if she was the belle of the ball, given the meaning of her name. She is listed as the mother of Adonijah.  He was born to […]

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Wives of King David: Ahinoam of Jezreel

Ahinoam was the first wife David married after he left Michal to flee for his life.  She is always listed as Ahinoam of Jezreel. She is often confused with “Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz” {1 Samuel 14} who was King Saul’s wife.  There is no proof these two women are the same. We know Ahinoam was from the area of Jezreel, […]

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