Why Is David A Legendary Figure?
To describe David as a legendary figure is an appropriate nod to the impact his life has had on multiplied millions.
But the story of his life is not a legend, it is a fact and its scope is extraordinary. When you travel with David through the journey that was his life you are in for a wild ride filled with unbelievable highs and devastating lows.
I can?t think of any Biblical biography ? a biography contained with Scripture ? that gives more detail than the one of David.
Just to demonstrate that in one way:
Numbers of mentions of the following names:
Abram, and Abraham ? 54+231=285
Moses ? 848
David over 1080
He is mentioned in 19 OT books and 9 NT books. David left a big footprint …show more content…
David got big assignments:
As the man over the men of war, David was a battlefield commander responsible for strategy and for his men lives. He led battles against the forces that wanted to destroy Israel, mainly, but not exclusively, the Philistines. David stood tall and his conduct was above reproach. His reputation was excellent. He developed legendary leadership skills and learned how to inspire loyalty.
But it was after returning from a great victory over the Philistines that David?s world was again turned upside down. As David returned he heard the thronging crowds singing
Saul has killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands
What happened next allows us an opportunity to glean another lesson. Just because we are doing what we know to do does not mean we will face no opposition or hardships. Rather, it shows us that what looks to be a great moment of blessing and triumph can ultimately be an entry way into a character building test which God knows will further prepare us for His use. That was what happened to David because. You see, he wasn?t the only one who heard that song. And it leads us to our next …show more content…
He wasn?t pleased. The song didn?t make his day. He confided to his inner circle the depth of his newly acquired distrust of David: ?They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands, and what can he have more but the kingdom? I Samuel 18:8
Saul was one of those people who went from 0 to 100 very fast. And because of that song the Bible says, ?Saul eyed David from that day forward.?
Goliath had been a big enemy for David, a huge test of faith, but that battle was over and done in a day.
This was a much more complex problem for David for a couple of reasons:
He believed Saul was God?s anointed, and as such he loved him and idolized him.
He had done everything Saul had commanded him to do and he couldn?t understand the change in Saul toward him
The day after he heard that song, the jealous Saul under demonic inspiration, threw a javelin at David apparently twice ? I Samuel 18:10-11
His jealousy was coupled with fear, because he could see, ?The Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul?.
The agitated king tried several approaches to solve his David problem, He:
Sent him out of his sight ? I Samuel