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Back David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

24 And Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?" So the people shouted and said, "Long live the king!"

26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched.

... Eliab's anger was aroused against David, and he said, "Why do you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle."

36 "... and a man's enemies will be those of his own household."

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in Heaven."

1 Then they told David, saying, "Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah..." 2 And the Lord said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah"

And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" And the Lord said, "They will deliver you."

1 After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And he would say, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.” 3 Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.” 4 Moreover Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.” 5 And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him. 6 In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Absalom never fought a battle!

He had never put himself in harm's way for anybody!

He used other men to kill his own brother to satisfy his vengeance!

And yet the people of Israel put him in the same category as David—just because he was approachable and friendly!

12 Then Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city—from Giloh—while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy grew strong, for the people with Absalom continually increased in number. 13 Now a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”

The same history emphasizes the fact that David refused to rise against King Saul even though Saul deserved every bad thing that came his way!

"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people."

"And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."

The savior of the world had to come to earth through the house of King David!

And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.

And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

  • But Jesus could not die in any other way than by crucifixion...
  • or in any other place than Jerusalem...
  • or without the betrayal of a close friend.

"... but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'"

Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

1. Jesus did not right the injustices of His day.

2. The multitude tried to make Him their king, but He refused to allow it.

3. He regularly refused the public challenge of the Pharisees to manifest a sign from Heaven that would prove His deity.

4. He continued to predict His betrayal, passion, and death.

5. His followers were flawed men with numerous imperfections.

6. Christ, who seemed to know everything around Him, never said anything to Judas about stealing from the money bag.

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart - Betrayal