2 Samuel 4-5 - “David Becomes King”April 18, 2021
AS DAVID BECOMES KING…
As we see David take his rightful place over Israel we are reminded of what a godly life looks life. David challenges us to live as Christ intends us to.
GAINING POWER THROUGH SIN
Two brothers attempt to gain David’s favor by murdering “his enemy” while he sleeps. David immediately puts them to death, seeing this as sinful and corrupt.
DAVID IS A GODLY LEADER
As David assumes the throne, he is marked as a man who honors God. He is different than all their other leaders, and he sets a new standard for Israel.
DAVID’S ROAD TO THE THRONE
God anointed David king many years before it happened. David’s character while he waited made him unique. Impatience is when we often struggle.
UNFULFILLED PROMISES REMAIN
Israel had unfulfilled promises from God that are now being accomplished through David. The right leader, and the right people, are often what is missing.
2 Samuel 5:1
Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh.
… so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
To be Christ’s Body in the world, Christians must view leadership differently, not as human power and authority, but as submission to Jesus who empowers us.
To be Christ’s Body in the world, Christians are called to “be” the right things, not just do the right things. We need character over accomplishments.
To be Christ’s Body in the world, Christians must be different than the world we live in. Christ’s Body looks like Christ, not like humanity.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”