Essay on David and King Saul

820 Words Sep 4th, 2014 4 Pages
During the time of Samuel, why did the people of Israel desire a king? Why was Saul chosen, and, ultimately, why was he rejected? What attribute did David display that made him a better king than Saul? What sin did Solomon commit that ultimately led to the division of Israel after his death?

The elders of the tribes come to Samuel and requested a king. They say that Samuel is too old and his sons are corrupt. They desired a king to “lead them” and to lead them and to go out before them and to fight their battles. There was certain things that they did not want to do for themselves, so they desired a king to do them. “The kingdom was established in First Samuel and consolidated in Second Samuel. First Kings records its division and
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David was truly a man after God’s own heart. David was a sinner just like so many but he set his heart and pointed it to follow God and had absolute faith. Many years had transpired between the times that David was anointed king and when he actually ascended the throne; and they were not easy years. David had Saul’s life in his hands two different times, and could have killed him and even was even encouraged to do so by his comrades. David’s response was “Behold this day your eyes have seen that the Lord had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my Lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed’” (Got questions). Solomon was a man of many wives; he loved many foreign women and disobeys God’s command not to intermarry them. “Solomon began on the right track as he followed David’s exhortation and purged the nation of those who posed a threat to Solomon’s power and covenant” (Hindson, 2012, p.180). Solomon’s wives also turned him away from God when he got old, and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, and his father David did. Lust led Solomon to a place he never thought he would see, you can not serve the Lord and
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