Jul 29, 2018
David, the youngest of all Jesse’s sons, was a lowly shepherd, designated with the responsibility to care for the flocks and herds belonging to the family. In fact, when the prophet had shown up at Jesse’s home, David had not even been included in the gathering of all the sons. Instead, he hadh been left to tend the sheep. But when God had refused to accept any of the sons of Jesse as the next king of Israel, the prophet demanded that David be brought before him. And the rest, they say, is history. David would be anointed by Samuel, in the presence of his father and brothers. But it is not clear whether anyone but the prophet knew the significance of all that was taking place. One of the remarkable aspects of this story, found in 1 Samuel 16:11-23, is that David, upon his anointing with oil, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He had been divinely ordained by God to be the next king of Israel and had received the power of God in the form of the Spirit of God. But oddly enough, David didn’t ascend to the throne. He went to work for King Saul, the man he was to replace. And it would be years before he would ever bear the title, King of Israel. Because, despite the calling of God and his anointing with the Spirit of God, David was not yet ready to lead the people of God.