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Capital Matters (11 of 19)
II Samuel 5
This chapter has to do with David establishing Jerusalem as the capital of the nation of Israel. It is a fascinating chapter and there are many things in this chapter which can have some practical application for us.
This is a wonderful time in the life of the young man David. David has now come to his prime. He begins to reign at the age of 30 and for 40 years David will serve as the great king of Israel. Saul was their first king. David is now their second king and the golden era in the history of the children of Israel is during the days when David was king.
David will now set about to consolidate the kingdom. For the first 7 1/2 years you will recall, he has been king down in Hebron. He will now consolidate all of the tribes of Israel and they will be one nation and he will be their king.
I. The CROWNING of David.
Verse 1 says, "Then came all the tribes of Israel..." All of the tribes now gather to David down in Hebron. Basically they say in verse 1 and 2 to him, "David, we have known all along that you are to be our king. You are our bone and flesh. We belong to one another, we are of the same family." In verse 2 they indicate that they understood and realized that God had chosen David to be their king. David is going to be an unusual kind of king. In verse 2 it says, "Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain (or a prince) over Israel." He will be an unusual kind of king--a shepherd king.
Turn over to the book of Psalms 78:70-72. Here it tells us a little bit about the reign of David and God's choice of him. It says that the Lord, "Chose David, also his servant, and took him from the sheepfold." You remember he was a shepherd boy. "From following the ewes, great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance. So, he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfuln ...
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