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17. David Becomes King

January 19, 2010

Text:    II Samuel 5:1-6:23

Harmony Text:    I Chronicles 11:1-7; 13:1-14; 15:1-16:6

Outline:            I. David is Anointed King      II Samuel 5:1-5

II. David Conquers Jerusalem      II Samuel 5:6-16

III. David Fights the Philistines      II Samuel 5:17-25

IV. David Brings the ARK to Jerusalem      II Samuel 6:1-23


Representatives of all the tribes of Israel travel to Hebron, meet with David, and acknowledge the Lord has anointed him ruler over them. They make a contract with David and confirm David as their King at age 37 1/2 years.

David’s first act as King of all Israel is to take his army and conquer Jerusalem, wresting its’ control from the Jebusites by entering through the city’s water shaft. Note that the Jebusites occupied and controlled Jerusalem ever since Israel entered into the Promised Land. David moves his headquarters from Hebron to Jerusalem and builds it into an even stronger fortress. And God was with him in all that he did. Hiram, king of Tyre, acknowledges David’s power and sends men and materials to build his palace. David is confident of the Lord’s leading. David takes on more wives and concubines in Jerusalem and has more children, a total; of 11 children in addition to his 6 sons born in Hebron.

The Philistines learn that David has replaced Saul as King of Israel so they gather their forces to attack. David and his men go into the hills to hide. David consults the Lord and obtains approval to attack the Philistines. David defeats the Philistines at Baal Perazim. The Philistines regroup and David consults the Lord again. The Lord guides David to get behind the Philistines and wait for the sound of marching which is the Lord going out to strike the Philistines. David follows and strikes down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.

Next, David assembles 30,000 men to bring the ARK from the house of Abinadab on a new cart to Jerusalem. David and all Israel were celebrating with songs and instruments. Along the way, Uzzah reaches out to steady the ARK and is struck dead [it was not to be touched] causing David to be angry. David stops the procession and leaves the ARK at the house of Obed-Edom for 3 months. David retrieves the ARK and again sets out for Jerusalem after sacrificing a bull and a calf. David danced before the ARK as it traveled and all Israel celebrated except for Michal, his wife. The ARK is brought into the tabernacle and David proceeds to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, blessing the people. A meal was served and the people went home. David goes home and is rebuked by his wife, Michal, for his “unkingly-like behavior. David, in turn, rebukes Michal, pointing out that he is King, anointed by God to lead Israel in worship and celebration to the Lord.


1. God chooses our leaders [see Romans 13]. We, the people, confirm God’s choice. That is true in the secular world and in the Church. But we must confirm wisely or God will give us what we want in order that we may know His Wisdom.

2. Good leadership is confirmed by solving significant problems/issues which will benefit all people.

3. Godly leadership is confirmed by focusing people on the importance of praising and worshipping God.

4. Seek the Lord, His Will and His Wisdom, before beginning any major initiative.

5. Those who put tradition before genuine and worshipful praise to God miss out on God’s greatest blessings, the joy of knowing the Lord God personally.


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