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April 7 - Morning

"All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron
and said,

'We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, "You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler." '

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David
at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and
they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king,
and he reigned forty years.
In Hebron he reigned over Judah
seven years and six months,
and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years."

- Second Samuel 5:1-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Northern Tribes Ask David to be Their King, Also    

The leaders of the northern tribes of Israel came to meet with David in Hebron. In their initial presentation they are quick to point out that the northern tribes are related to David and his tribe of Judah is part of their family. The elders from Israel also point out that David has already gained experience as their leader when he served as a general in the military defending the united kingdom led by Saul. They make a third, and the most important point, when they quote the prophecy from the Lord stating that David was to become the ruler. The leaders of Israel request that David become the king of a united Israel based on those three points:

  • They are all family
  • They have past experience
  • The Lord wills it

A covenant is drawn up and agreed upon by all the parties involved. This covenant would have included the king’s duties and responsibilities, the people’s obligations as citizens under the kingship to support the royal throne (provisions, military service, political, etc.). And, also included would have been both the king’s and the citizen’s responsibilities before the Lord.

It is worth noticing that God’s prophecy of David’s kingship is likened to a shepherd. The king is a “ruler” and serves the people for God as a “shepherd.”

Most worthy of mention is the fact that the northern tribes came to David and reasoned with him concerning why he should be their king. This is most unusual since so frequently kings and politicians come to people with threats of violence or promises of benefits to force the people to accept them as the ruler and to live under their authority. But, here with David both Israel in the north and Judah in the south have come to ask David to be the ruler. David accepted their offer of a covenant.

David has become king without assassinating his personal enemy, Saul; without eliminating others who threatened to take the throne; without marching an army into some capital city to take over; without conspiring with leaders concerning backroom politics behind closed doors. David has successfully waited on God and avoided so many of the pitfalls men of ambition so often slip into in their attempt to achieve “God’s will.”

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Nobody ever outgrows scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years." - C.H. Spurgeon



Something to Ponder??

Matthew includes the names of questionable woman in Jesus family tree in Matthew chapter one. These include Tamar who slept with her father-in-law Jacob, Rahab the prostitute, Bathsheba who committed adultery with David and Ruth, a foreigner from Moab. This may have been done for several reasons, but one reason would be to demonstrate that woman with questionable backgrounds and dubious stories, like Jesus’ mother Mary had, where the mothers of great men and kings throughout Israel’s history.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tsuwr (Hb) – Rock (Eng) – tsuwr is the Hebrew word for “rock,” “rocky wall, “cliff,” “mountain,” and “boulder.” Tsuwr is used 74x including Isaiah 2:10; Judges 6:21. A tsuwr could be a fortress and figuratively refer to God’s strength and protection as in Deuteronomy 32:15; 32:18; and 32:31

  The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years by 40 men from 10 countries in 3 languages.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I wait on God? Do I have enough understanding to know where God is leading and enough confidence in the Lord to wait for his time?
I will avoid manipulation, violence, half-truths, guilt trips, and other things that are so often used to achieve the so-called "will of the Lord." I will instead do what is right, work diligently, wait on the Lord and take advantage of opportunities the God provides and walk through the doors that God opens.
  "Her (the adulteress) house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death."
- Proverbs 7:27
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Galyn stands by some of the Herodian ashlar stones at the south end of the Eastern wall of the Temple Mount, which is also the east wall of the Old City Jerusalem.

Locations from Isaiah 20, 21, 22, and 23 identified on a map.

Locations from Isaiah 20, 21, 22, and 23 identified on a map.



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Galyn stands by some of the Herodian ashlar stones at the south end of the Eastern wall of the Temple Mount, which is also the east wall of the Old City Jerusalem. (More details here.)

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