Tuesday, May 4, 2010

David - King at last! Conquers Jerusalem.

David became king at 30 years old
It had been a hard 13 years! It started when he killed Goliath. Then he was moved into the royal household.
Then he was chased and hunted down.

Now finally he is back as king of Israel.

2 Samuel 5


David Becomes King of All Israel
1 Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past,[a] when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’”

3 So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all. 5 He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

David Captures Jerusalem
6 David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe. 7 But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.

8 On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites.[b] Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.[c]” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”[d]

9 So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terraces[e] and working inward. 10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him."

King at last!
 
Many times during those 13 years he thought it would never happen...
 
I heard a saying. "God is seldom early, but never late."
 
That is true, if you are on God's timeline. We, of course, are on our own timeline.
 
But David was king for 40 years. I wonder if he reflected after being king for 13 years. "I have now been king for the same amount of time I was first drawn into, then expelled out of, Saul's household!!!

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