I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today.
Samuel the prophet was sent by God to anoint the next king of Israel following Saul’s disobedience. The people had chosen Saul, but God chose David. Acts 13:20-22 recounts the story:
“After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will’” (NKJV).
1 Samuel 16:9-11 tells the story of the anointing of David the shepherd as king of the Israelites:
“Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘The Lord has not chosen this one either.’ Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are these all the children?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.’ Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’
“So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is he.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah” (NKJV).
I find it comforting that God chose David in spite of his family’s expectations. When Samuel went to the house of Jesse, each of David’s older brothers were brought before him. Their father expected that one of them would be anointed as the next king. Jesse watched Samuel pass by each man saying. “The Lord has not chosen this one.” It wasn’t until after Samuel prompted Jesse that he thought to bring in his youngest son, David.
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