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‏Departure of David, the Prophet and King

Jan 1, 2022

‏Departure of David, the Prophet and King

‏On this day, of the year 2990 of the world, the great King and the saintly honored prophet David, the son of Jesse, departed.

‏He was the second king over the children of Israel and the first among their kings to walk in virtue and in justice.

‏He was from the tribe of Judah from Bethlehem.

‏God chose him to be a king over Israel, when Saul, the son of Kish, disobeyed the commandment of God.

‏God commanded the Prophet Samuel to anoint for Him one of the children of Jesse, a king over Israel.

‏Samuel chose the eldest son who had a good appearance and was tall in stature,

‏but God rejected him and said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.

‏For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7)

‏Jesse called all his sons and showed them to Samuel and he chose David and anointed him king.

‏God was with him in all his ways, for his purity of heart and his meekness.

‏He overcame Saul who wanted to kill him on several occasions.

‏Once Saul went out to kill David and he went into a cave to attend to his needs.

‏David came to him secretly and cut off a corner of Saul's robe (I Samuel 24:4))

‏to show him that he wouldn't stretch his hand to kill him.

‏Another time David found him sleeping and he took his spear and a jug of water that was by his head and did not hurt him and spared his life for the second time. (I Samuel 26:1-25)

‏When David's men told him to destroy Saul, David said, "The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord's anointed." (I Samuel 26:11)

‏When a man announced to David the news about the death of his rival Saul saying, "I stood over him and killed him,"

‏David took hold of his own clothes and tore them and he mourned him.

‏David called one of the young men and said, "Go near and execute him," (2 Samuel 1: 11-15)

‏and he struck the man so that he died.

‏ God honored this Prophet over all mankind, for he had many virtues.

‏Besides the virtue of humility, he was a prophet, a righteous man, and a just king.

‏In spite of that, he called himself a "dead dog" and a "flea". (I Samuel 24:14)

‏God praised him by saying, "I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart,

‏who will do all My will." (Acts 13:22) and (Psalms 89:20) and (1 Samuel 13:14) God protected Jerusalem for his sake during his lifetime and after his death,

‏and He made the kings of the people of Israel from his seed,

‏and He called Himself "his Son."

‏He prophesied in the Book of Psalms, which is a book full of useful teachings and good instructions.

‏David's might and power were supported by God.

‏When he was young and guarding his father's sheep,

‏once a bear and another time a lion attacked his sheep and David killed both the bear and the lion.

‏When the army of Israel faced the army of the Philistines and Goliath,

‏the champion of the Philistines, whose height was six cubits and a span,

‏and who was armored with a bronze helmet on his head and a coat weighing five thousand shekels of bronze,

‏and he had bronze grieves on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders and the staff of

‏his spear was like a weaver's beam and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels;

‏Goliath went out, stood up and cried out to the armies of Israel,

‏"I defy the armies of Israel this day; give us a man that we may fight together."

‏The Philistine presented himself for forty days, morning and evening.

‏All of Israel heard these words and were dismayed and greatly afraid.

‏When David came to visit his brothers and brought provisions to their camp,

‏he saw and heard Goliath.

‏David was moved with divine zeal and said to him, "You come to me with a sword,

‏with a spear, and with a javelin.

‏But I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel,

‏whom you have defied."

‏David took out a stone and he slung it and he struck the Philistine in his forehead,

‏so that the stone sank in his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground.

‏David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and cut off his head and removed the reproach of Israel. (I Samuel 17:51)

‏David lived 70 years, 30 years of which were before he became a king.

‏He was born one thousand, one hundred and twenty years before Christ.

‏May His prayers be with us all. Amen.

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