King David 2 - David's Rise
In this lesson, we look at King David's rise from harassed fugitive to king of all Israel. We see how God protected David even from himself while he lived in exile, preventing him from staining his hands with blood and giving grounds to the accusation of regicide and usurper. This dynamic is especially explored in his interaction with Abigail, and his non-presence at the final battle where Saul and Jonathan are killed. David also has clean hands in the destruction of Saul's house in his interactions with Saul's chief commander Abner, Ish-Bosheth ben Saul, and Mephibosheth ben Jonathan. Finally we see the climax of David's exaltation in his conquest of Jerusalem and procession into the capital with the ark. In the latter episode, we see David's humility before God, as he learns from his mistakes.
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Fr. Adam Rick
A prayerbook Christian with a patristic twist.