King David: The Rise Of David's Power

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The story of David was about a flawed man that couldn't be ignored. The rise of David's power showed that he was both a military and a political genius. David grew up in a family of royal history. It was said that the house of Jesse, David's father, was a house of wealth, scholarliness, generosity, and responsibility. David's rise to power all began with God appearing to Samuel, one of Saul's advisees, and telling him to travel to Bethlehem, where he would find the next of kin in Jesse's family. Samuel knew that by his divine background that David was the one. When David was anointed to be the future king of Israel, almost instantly was Saul cursed with an evil presence. During this rough time for Saul, David was called upon to the king's …show more content…
After a short period of time, the famous story of David vs. Goliath occurred when David killed Goliath with his sling and became very famous. Saul promised his wife to David as a "reward" for killing Goliath. The singing, we are told, made Saul very angry and he began to suspect David of having attacks, if you will, on the kingdom (Sostre, 234). By that time David was a commander of the army, leading a thousand men in his successful campaigning. He was popular with everyone except King Saul, who feared David and turned away from him. An analysis of the biblical text shows that Saul was far from naive and understood David's intentions quite well from the start. He realized that David's primary goal was to take the throne from Saul. Therefore, he was furious with Jonathan, his intended successor, who had given up the throne so easily (Sostre, 235-236). Due to his jealousy, Saul tried killing David multiple times and finally exiled David. One of Saul's plans to get rid of David was to use his son Jonathan and all his …show more content…
He did not kill Saul, but did present him to the king skirt less. They then parted in friendship, Saul returning to Gibeah, and David to the desert. David became an outlaw and eventually attacked Saul's army in the desert. Alarmed by the Philistine attacks, Saul called upon God for help. God refused to help him. Saul then turned to women in the town of Endor to perform witchcraft. Through witchcraft, he asked the women to call to Samuel. Samuel informed Saul that the Philistine war would be impossible to win and that he and his sons would perish. According to the Book of Chronicles, much of Saul's support was being transferred over to David's side (Sostre, 237). Finally, Saul ended up dying in a war against the strong army of the Philistines due to the massive force and numbers of the Philistine army. After Saul's death, David took the reins of king. David was a very accomplished king. He captured the Canaanite city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites. It was said that David made it his capital and was popularly called the City of David. God promised David a great blessing, a dynasty that would never

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