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Series: “The Warrior King”
David-like Leadership for Goliath-like times
The Warrior King tells the story of King David’s time; but it is also the story of our own time. With challenges larger than Goliath all around us, we need Bible-based leaders now more than ever. In this eight-part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif speaks to that need. Dramatic re-enactments—shot on location in Israel—complement the teachings in this series.
Episode: “David and Saul”
Unfair trials often checker the road to success. We explore David’s abuse at the hands of King Saul, and his bond with the king’s son Jonathan. We evaluate Saul’s death and David’s gracious response.

Caption transcript for The Warrior King: “David and Saul” (2/8)

  • 00:53 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:56 JEFFREY SEIF HERE.
  • 00:58 AND I WANT TO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR GOING ON THE JOURNEY WITH US INTO BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 01:05 DAVID'S A FASCINATING PERSON.
  • 01:07 HE HAD A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 01:10 AND LIKE OUR OWN STORIES, IT'S NOT PICTURE PERFECT.
  • 01:13 IN TODAY'S EPISODE WE'RE GOING TO SEE HOW DAVID HAD A "SAUL".
  • 01:19 WE ALL HAVE A "SAUL".
  • 01:20 AND I MEAN WE DON'T LIVE PERFECT LIVES
  • 01:22 AND SOMETIMES THERE ARE PEOPLE OR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE DOWN RIGHT THREATENING.
  • 01:28 I WANT YOU TO GET THE BETTER OF YOUR "SAULS", YOUR PROBLEMS,
  • 01:31 AND SO PLEASE STAY TUNED NOW AS WE CONSIDER BIBLICAL MEDICINE FOR LIFE'S ASSORTED HURTS.
  • 01:39 IT HAD HAPPENED BEFORE TO KING SAUL,
  • 01:42 A DARK EVIL SPIRIT HAD SETTLED ON HIS SOUL ONCE AGAIN LEAVING HIM UTTERLY DISTRAUGHT.
  • 01:49 DAVID MEANT WELL IN PLAYING A TUNE
  • 01:52 BUT IT DID LITTLE MORE THAN FURTHER TORMENT THE TROUBLED KING.
  • 02:03 DAVID WAS GONE FOR NOW
  • 02:05 BUT THE EVIL REMAINED
  • 02:08 TAUNTING HIM WITHOUT MERCY.
  • 02:14 I AM SURE THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY PAINFUL FOR DAVID AND I WANT YOU TO GET THE POINT AS WELL.
  • 02:21 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 02:23 BECAUSE IT CAN BE EXTREMELY PAINFUL FOR US.
  • 02:26 AND WHAT'S THAT PRAY TELL?
  • 02:27 WHEN WE ARE NOT ONLY ABANDONED BY FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES,
  • 02:31 NOT ONLY DISAPPOINTED BUT OUT AND OUT RIGHT BETRAYED,
  • 02:35 IT'S TRAGIC.
  • 02:36 SOMETIMES THERE'RE PEOPLE...
  • 02:38 WE SERVE THEM WELL IN RESPONSE TO WHICH WE GET NOT JUST DISRESPECTED
  • 02:42 BUT THEY UNLEASH FORCES THAT LOOK TO KNOCK THE LEGS OUT FROM UNDERNEATH US.
  • 02:47 SOMETIMES WE CAN TAKE OUR FRIENDS AND WEIGH THEM IN THE SCALES AND THEY CAN COME UP WANTING.
  • 02:52 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 02:54 BECAUSE MUCH AS WE TRY AND LOVE THEM THEY COME AFTER US WITH A VENGEANCE.
  • 02:58 AND THAT'S TRAGIC ISN'T IT?,
  • 03:00 THAT WE HAVE TO BE ON THE DEFENSIVE,
  • 03:02 THAT WE HAVE TO BE ON THE READY AGAINST FRIENDS, PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE, PEOPLE THAT WE LOVED.
  • 03:08 THAT'S WHERE THE WARRIOR KING DAVID...WELL HE'S NOT A KING YET
  • 03:11 BUT THAT'S WHERE HE FINDS HIMSELF.
  • 03:12 AND MAYBE THIS IS HIS TRAINING ON THE WAY TO BE THE KING.
  • 03:16 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 03:18 YOU KNOW THE STORY...DAVID ENTERED INTO A WORLD AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF SAUL'S DEMISE.
  • 03:23 SAUL WAS VESTED WITH AUTHORIZATION TO BE THE KING TO LEAD THE PEOPLE
  • 03:26 BUT HE WASN'T LEADING THE PEOPLE HE WAS BLEEDING THE PEOPLE.
  • 03:29 HE WAS FEEDING OFF OF THEM INSTEAD OF FEEDING THEM.
  • 03:31 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 03:33 WELL IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE OF SAUL.
  • 03:35 IT WAS ALL ABOUT HIM BENEFITING FROM THE POSITION THAT HE HAD
  • 03:39 INSTEAD OF USING HIS ENERGIES TO BE OF A BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY.
  • 03:42 GOD FINALLY SAYS, "I CAN'T WORK WITH THIS MAN ANYMORE.",
  • 03:45 "HE JUST WON'T REPENT.",
  • 03:46 "HE'S NOT TEACHABLE."
  • 03:48 SO THE WORD TO SAUL FROM THE PROPHET SAMUEL IS, "ENOUGH ALREADY".
  • 03:53 THE LORD WENT TO SOMEONE ELSE, DAVID,
  • 03:57 AND HE FOUND IN HIM SOME STOCK THAT HE COULD RAISE UP AND USE.
  • 04:00 NOW WHAT'S INTERESTING, PART OF DAVID'S BEING RAISED UP
  • 04:04 WAS HIM TO HAVE THIS TITANIC STRUGGLE WITH A MAN THAT HE BEGAN SERVING.
  • 04:10 AND ISN'T THAT TRAGIC?
  • 04:12 I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER FOUND YOURSELF IN A PLACE WHERE THE WORLD HAS TURNED ON YOU.
  • 04:15 HERE WE'RE IN A HOME WHERE THERE'S SOME LOVE, PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER.
  • 04:19 AND YOU'D HAVE HEARD THE EXPRESSION THAT "A MAN'S HOME IS HIS CASTLE"
  • 04:23 AND THE REASON WHY THAT IS,
  • 04:24 IS SOMETIMES THE WORLD OUTSIDE CAN BE SO VERY PRECARIOUS, VERY TUMULTUOUS,
  • 04:28 SO WE RETREAT INTO THE CONFINES OF OUR OWN HOME.
  • 04:31 BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR OWN HOME, WHEN YOUR OWN SAFETY ZONE TURNS ON YOU?
  • 04:35 DAVID HAD THAT HAPPEN.
  • 04:37 HIS WHOLE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.
  • 04:38 HE LEARNED TO RELY ON GOD.
  • 04:40 BUT THE SAME GOD THAT HE WAS RELYING UPON
  • 04:42 WAS THE ONE WHO WAS COUNTED UPON TO SEND THE TROUBLES.
  • 04:46 IF YOU LOOK IN I SAMUEL, CHAPTER 19, WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 9....
  • 04:52 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 05:00 I DON'T KNOW THAT GOD'S IN THE BUSINESS OF DISPATCHING DEMONS,
  • 05:04 THE POINT IS THE LORD ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN.
  • 05:06 AND SO WHY IS IT THAT THE LORD ALLOWS BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
  • 05:10 OR WHY HE ALLOWS HIS PEOPLE TO HAVE BAD PEOPLE ASSAULT THEM?
  • 05:14 WELL, WE LEARN TO TRUST IN HIM TO BE SURE.
  • 05:17 IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO BE CHAMPIONS
  • 05:19 WE HAVE TO LEARN TO BEAR UNDERNEATH DIFFICULT BURDENS AND WEIGHTS
  • 05:23 AND THAT MAKES US IN THE PROCESS.
  • 05:25 DAVID WAS A KING... HE HAD TO LEARN HIS CRAFT; LEARN ABOUT TRUSTING IN GOD,
  • 05:29 LEARNING ABOUT HOW GOD CAN DELIVER FROM BAD PEOPLE AND BAD CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 05:34 DAVID LEARNED THAT AND HE BECAME THE WARRIOR, HE WAS FORGED IN THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION.
  • 05:40 THERE WERE MANY THINGS THAT DAVID LEARNED BY THE WAY BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT HE EXPERIENCED,
  • 05:45 DIFFICULTIES THAT SERVED HIM WELL.
  • 05:47 AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE DIFFICULTIES THAT YOU EXPERIENCE IN LIFE IF YOU'RE WALKING WITH THE LORD
  • 05:51 CAN SERVE YOU WELL, AS WELL.
  • 05:54 AND WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 05:55 BECAUSE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT ALL THINGS, EVEN SAUL THINGS...
  • 05:58 IT SAYS ALL THINGS WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE GOD
  • 06:02 WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.
  • 06:05 I HAVE A SAUL IN MY LIFE, ONE OR TWO TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH AND YOU PROBABLY DO AS WELL.
  • 06:10 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 06:12 IF YOU HAVE THE LORD IN YOUR LIFE, THAT'S PLENTY GOOD TO GET THE BETTER OF LIFE'S CHALLENGES.
  • 06:16 ITS EASY TO FEEL ALONE ISN'T IT SOMETIMES?
  • 06:18 WHEN YOU FEEL YOU'RE RUNNING AWAY FROM PEOPLE'S SPEARS.
  • 06:21 BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THE STORY WITH SAUL AND HIS FAMILY.
  • 06:25 I THINK YOU KNOW...IF YOU READ THE BIBLE YOU'LL LEARN THAT SAUL HAD A SON JONATHAN,
  • 06:30 A MAN OF DIFFERENT SORT ALL TOGETHER.
  • 06:33 IT'S INTERESTING IN AS MUCH AS SAUL WAS HELL BENT ON DESTROYING DAVID.
  • 06:37 DAVID HAD ENDEARED HIMSELF NOT ONLY TO JONATHAN AS A BEST FRIEND, A GREAT FRIEND,
  • 06:41 WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT HIM IN A MOMENT,
  • 06:43 BUT NOT JUST THAT BUT EVEN SAUL'S DAUGHTER FELL IN LOVE WITH DAVID...GO FIGURE.
  • 06:48 AN UPSIDE DOWN WORLD ISN'T IT?
  • 06:50 AND SOMETIMES AN UPSIDE DOWN WORLD IS THE KIND OF WORLD THAT GOD USES TO GET HIS PEOPLE RIGHT SIDE UP.
  • 06:56 AND SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STORY OF OUR WARRIOR KING DAVID
  • 06:59 WE LEARN ABOUT DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP IN GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES
  • 07:02 AND WE LEARN HOW HE USED DIFFICULTIES TO MAKE THAT MAN WHO HE WAS.
  • 07:11 DAVID AND I HAD BECOME THE BEST OF FRIENDS DESPITE MY FATHER'S ATTEMPTS TO HAVE HIM SLAIN.
  • 07:17 DAVID REMAINED INTENSELY FAITHFUL TO THE THRONE.
  • 07:20 OUR FRIENDSHIP HAD NOW BECOME THE ONE LINK THAT KEPT HIM ALIVE.
  • 07:25 WE LAUGHED TOGETHER...PERHAPS IN DOING SO HOPING TO FORGET MY FATHER'S RAGE.
  • 07:32 DAVID ASKED ME TO BE LOYAL AND KIND.
  • 07:36 I AGREED KNOWING I COULD NEVER FIND A BETTER FRIEND,
  • 07:41 ONE WHO IN THE FUTURE WOULD REPLACE MY FATHER AS THE KING OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:53 THE WORD "FRATERNITY" COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD "FRATER" WHICH MEANS "BROTHERS".
  • 07:58 AND AS YOU MAY WELL RECALL FROM THE BIBLICAL TEXT,
  • 08:02 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 08:10 AS YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT "PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE",
  • 08:13 YESHUA, JESUS, IS ON RECORD SAYING,
  • 08:21 "BY YOUR FRATERNITY,"
  • 08:23 WHEN I THINK OF THE STORY OF DAVID AND JONATHAN
  • 08:25 I'M REMINDED OF A RELATIONSHIP THERE THAT TO ME IS JUST FANTASTIC.
  • 08:33 AND BY THE WAY IT'S RARE AMONGST MEN THESE DAYS OUTSIDE OF THE THEATRE OF COMBAT I SHOULD SAY.
  • 08:39 MEN GO OFF TO WAR, MEN FORGE BONDS WHEN MEN STRUGGLE TOGETHER AGAINST A COMMON FOE.
  • 08:48 I NEVER SERVED IN THE ARMY BUT I HAVE A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
  • 08:52 I KNOW THAT THERE'S A KIND OF FRATERNAL BOND AMONGST MEN WHO BEAR ARMS IN DEFENSE OF HOME AND HEARTH IN THE POLICE FORCE,
  • 08:59 THAT THERE'S A LIFELONG BOND THAT COPS SHARE.
  • 09:03 AND BY THE WAY, IT'S ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 09:06 I CAN GO TO ANOTHER CONTINENT AND TALK TO A COP ABOUT COP STUFF AND WE ARE INSTANT BUDDIES.
  • 09:11 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT BRAVING THE SAME KIND OF HAZARDS THAT FORMS BONDS
  • 09:16 AND MEN NEED THOSE BONDS.
  • 09:20 TRAGIC OUTSIDE OF WAR MALES DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS IN WAR
  • 09:26 WHERE THEY LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER...WE CULTIVATE SKILLS ON RELIANCE, RESPONSIBILITY
  • 09:32 AND THEN WE LEAVE THAT WORLD AND GO INTO CIVILIAN LIFE AND ITS EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.
  • 09:37 AND THERE'S SOMETHING IN THAT MALES FEEL SOMETHING MISSING,
  • 09:41 THERE'S A VACUUM, THERE'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS FIXED.
  • 09:44 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 09:45 BECAUSE A MAN IS ALONE AND MEN WERE NOT MADE TO BE ALONE.
  • 09:51 STRANGE AS THAT MIGHT SOUND THERE'S A VOID IN THE HEART THAT MEN HAVE THAT CAN'T BE FILLED BY A WOMAN.
  • 09:58 I KNOW I CAN BE MISUNDERSTOOD IN SAYING THAT...
  • 10:01 IT WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME AND I CAN GET BAD MAIL..."OH I DON'T BELIEVE IT",
  • 10:05 BUT ITS TRUE MEN NEED MEN.
  • 10:07 I THINK IT'S PROBLEMATIC.
  • 10:09 AIN'T IT LIKE THE DEVIL TO SEXUALIZE THAT?
  • 10:11 I THINK THAT INDEED IS PROBLEMATIC.
  • 10:14 WHEN I LOOK HERE IN THE SACRED TEXT TO SEE ABOUT THE SACRED BOND BETWEEN MEN...
  • 10:18 LET'S NOT EVEN THINK OF THE SEXUALIZING THAT...
  • 10:21 I BELIEVE THE BIBLE LEGITIMIZES RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND STEVE
  • 10:26 BUT I WANT YOU TO SEE THIS.
  • 10:27 IN I SAMUEL, CHAPTER 20 AND VERSE 16,
  • 10:32 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:40 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 10:41 HE CUT A COVENANT.
  • 10:43 HE MADE A COVENANT WITH DAVID AND WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 17,
  • 11:00 I BELIEVE THERE'S A LONGING FOR THAT BY THE WAY.
  • 11:02 I BELIEVE THERE'S A NEED FOR THAT.
  • 11:05 I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW AS A POLICE OFFICER I WOULD LOVE TO JUST TO SIT AROUND IN UNIFORM WITH OTHER MEN.
  • 11:10 MAYBE THERE'S A FIGHT, THERE WAS AN INCIDENT, SOMETHING WE WORKED TOGETHER TO BREAK UP
  • 11:16 AND THEN THERE'S A KIND OF CAMARADERIE WHERE WE CONNECT AND WE PROCESS WHAT HAPPENED.
  • 11:20 AND OH FOR THE JOY OF THAT AND TO ME IT'S TRAGIC HOW THAT'S MISSING OUTSIDE OF THAT CULTURE.
  • 11:27 I'VE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE SERVING AS A FIREFIGHTER AS WELL
  • 11:30 WHERE WE DEBRIEF, YOU DON THE BUNKER GEAR.
  • 11:33 YOU KNOW MOST PEOPLE ARE SMART ENOUGH TO RUN FROM A FIRE,
  • 11:36 SOME PEOPLE ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO RUN INTO IT.
  • 11:37 BUT I SAY THAT TONGUE IN CHEEK OF COURSE,
  • 11:40 THEY'RE NOT DUMB THEY'RE HEROES.
  • 11:42 THE POINT IS THAT WHEN PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER IN A COMMON CAUSE AND A COMMON STRUGGLE
  • 11:46 IT FORGES ALLIANCES THAT WOULDN'T OTHERWISE BE THERE AND WE NEED THAT.
  • 11:51 I BELIEVE THAT GOD'S PEOPLE NEED TO RECOVER THAT.
  • 11:54 AND THERE'S DIFFERENT FRATERNAL ASSOCIATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA.
  • 11:57 PROMISE KEEPERS IS RAMPING UP AGAIN.
  • 12:00 COACH HAS RESUMED THE HELMET,
  • 12:02 THAT ALONG WITH RALEIGH WASHINGTON.
  • 12:04 TWO MEN WHO LOVE ISRAEL, LOVE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHO LOVE MESSIANIC JEWS I MIGHT ADD.
  • 12:08 AND PROMISE KEEPERS IS AGAIN GOING TO TAKE THE WORLD BY STORM.
  • 12:12 AND LOCAL CONGREGATIONS, WE DO WELL TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEN TO LINK UP WITH MEN.
  • 12:18 THE BIBLE SAYS,
  • 12:19 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 12:26 HEAR ME
  • 12:27 MISTER, YOU MIGHT HAVE A LOT OF TALENT
  • 12:29 BUT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO EXCEL,
  • 12:31 YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO REACH WHAT YOU COULD OTHERWISE BE
  • 12:34 IF YOU FOREVER WANT TO GO IT ALONE IN LIFE.
  • 12:38 FIND GOOD FRIENDS, CULTIVATE THOSE BONDS, BE FAITHFUL TO EACH OTHER.
  • 12:43 DAVID AND JONATHAN DID THAT.
  • 12:44 IT'S A MOVING STORY.
  • 12:46 NEVER MIND MY WORDS, READ THE BIBLE ITSELF
  • 12:48 AND LEARN HOW DAVID WAS THE BETTER FOR HIS ASSOCIATIONS WITH JONATHAN.
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  • 13:37 YOU KNOW THE BIGGEST THING THAT I REALLY HAVE TO SAY
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  • 13:42 IT'S JUST BEEN UNBELIEVABLE HOW MUCH WE'VE SEEN...
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  • 13:46 EVERYWHERE WE GET YOU CAN TELL THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WERE COMING
  • 13:50 AND IT'S REALLY NICE TO BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF.
  • 13:52 I'VE FELT SO SAFE HERE.
  • 13:54 I FEEL SAFER HERE THAN I DO IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 13:56 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO COME HERE.
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  • 14:12 MUCH AS WE COME TO YOU AND SHOW YOU ISRAEL THROUGH THE TELEVISION,
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  • 14:34 "PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
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  • 15:06 WE LIVE IN A TOUGH WORLD.
  • 15:07 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • 15:18 AS WITH GETTING OTHER THINGS AS WELL.
  • 15:20 TALK ABOUT GETTING IT, I HOPE YOU GET THIS STORY.
  • 15:22 SAUL CERTAINLY DID.
  • 15:24 DAVID AND SAUL HAD A LOT OF TENSIONS, SAUL'S FAULT NOT DAVID'S.BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 15:28 GOD HAS A WAY OF BRINGING PROBLEMS TO PASS.
  • 15:32 YOU'LL LEARN THIS AND MORE AS WE CONTINUE WITH OUR STUDY OF DAVID.
  • 15:40 IT WAS A SLAUGHTER FIELD.
  • 15:42 NEVER BEFORE HAD KING SAUL EVER WITNESSED SUCH CARNAGE.
  • 15:47 THE PHILISTINES HAD KILLED HIS THREE SONS AND NOW IN THE LAST MOMENTS OF THIS HOPELESS BATTLE;
  • 15:54 THE WOUNDED KING PLEADED FOR HIS OWN DEATH.
  • 15:58 LOYAL TO THE END AND GRIPPED WITH FEAR, HIS ARMOR BEARER REFUSED THE KING'S PLEA.
  • 16:06 AND SO IT WAS THAT SAUL WOULD USE HIS SWORD ONE LAST TIME.
  • 16:27 THE EXPRESSION "TO FALL UPON ONE'S SWORD"
  • 16:30 SPEAKS OF SOMEONE TAKING THEIR OWN LIFE.
  • 16:33 AND WE'RE AT A PLACE IN DAVID'S LIFE
  • 16:37 WHERE HE'S LEARNED THAT HIS NEMESES HAS FALLEN
  • 16:40 UPON HIS SWORD.
  • 16:43 SAUL IS DEAD AND JONATHAN ALONG WITH HIM.
  • 16:49 FOR MY MONEY SAUL COULD HAVE DIED A LOT SOONER AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY
  • 16:54 BECAUSE THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH IS I DIDN'T LIKE THAT MAN SOON AS I MET HIM IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 17:01 AT LEAST NOT LONG AFTER I READ HIM I REALIZED THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT MAN.
  • 17:06 JONATHAN ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU JUST CAN'T HELP BUT FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM.
  • 17:11 I LOVE THAT GUY AND I SAY THAT AT THE RISK OF BEING MISUNDERSTOOD.
  • 17:16 IN ANY CASE, DAVID HERE IS CONFRONTED WITH THE FACT THAT BOTH ARE DEAD
  • 17:22 AND IT'S MONUMENTAL IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 17:25 THE SAMUEL TEXT IS CLEAR THAT DAVID HAD EVERY REASON TO WANT TO KILL SAUL
  • 17:32 AND HE NEVER EXERCISED HIS PREROGATIVE.
  • 17:35 DAVID'S CONDUCT IS STERLING.
  • 17:38 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 17:40 BECAUSE HE WON'T TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF TO BE GIVEN TO EXECUTING HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER IN THAT SOCIAL SYSTEM.
  • 17:49 HE SPENDS 13 YEARS NOT FIGHTING SAUL BUT RUNNING FROM HIM
  • 17:54 AND NOW AS HE'S RUNNING HE'S OVERRUN WITH THE FACT THAT SAUL IS DEAD.
  • 17:58 WE COME UPON THAT STORY IN I SAMUEL.
  • 18:02 VERY SIMPLY IN VERSE 4
  • 18:07 AT THE END SAUL AND THE ARMY IS ENGAGED IN A CLASH WITH THE PHILISTINES
  • 18:15 AND IT DOESN'T GO SAUL'S WAY.
  • 18:18 AND WE'RE TOLD FINALLY IN VERSE 4,
  • 18:21 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 18:32 HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED AND HE SAID, "ENOUGH ALREADY".
  • 18:36 THE BATTLE'S GONE HORRIBLY.
  • 18:38 HE EXPERIENCES THE DEATH OF HIS OWN AROUND HIM.
  • 18:42 IT'S TRAGIC AT ONE LEVEL,
  • 18:43 WE'RE TOLD THEN IN VERSE 7 VERY SIMPLY,
  • 18:48 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 18:59 WHAT'S INTERESTING FOR MY MONEY IS THE WAY THAT DAVID RESPONDED TO IT.
  • 19:03 AS I'D SAID, THE WAY I PERCEIVE IT, SAUL COULD HAVE DIED A LOT EARLIER
  • 19:07 AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY.
  • 19:09 I WOULD IMAGINE DAVID COULD HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO JUST BREATHE A DEEP SIGH OF RELIEF
  • 19:15 BUT IT WASN'T THE NATURE OF THE GUY DAVID.
  • 19:18 AND THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING I THINK, AND IT'S EVIDENT,
  • 19:21 AND YOU'LL HEAR DAVID IN HIS OWN WORDS, DAVID WAS MOURNFUL OVER IT,
  • 19:25 DAVID HAD BEEN RUNNING FROM THAT MAN FOR 13 YEARS.
  • 19:28 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 19:29 GOD USED THAT TOUGH GUY TO GROW UP DAVID.
  • 19:32 GOD USED THE SAUL,
  • 19:35 HE USED IT ALL,
  • 19:36 WARS WITH HIS OWN, WARS WITH THE PHILISTINE TO MAKE THAT MAN THE MAN THAT HE WAS.
  • 19:40 AND GREAT LEADERS ARE GREAT BLEEDERS, THAT IS TO SAY,
  • 19:44 WE ALL HAVE SCARS UNDER OUR SHIRTS AND THEY MAKE US THE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE.
  • 19:52 DAVID'S LEADERSHIP WAS FORGED IN THE FURNACE OF CHALLENGE.
  • 19:57 DAVID MAKES PEACE WITH HIS NEMESES IF YOU WILL.
  • 20:01 AND YOU KNOW THERE'S THE OLD SPANISH EXPRESSION, "ADI'OS" WHICH DOESN'T MEAN GOODBYE,
  • 20:05 IT IS GOODBYE, BUT IT MEANS "TO GOD".
  • 20:08 AND I THINK THAT DAVID GAVE HIS STRUGGLES OVER A LONG TIME BEFOREHAND
  • 20:12 AND NOW HE EULOGIZES SAUL AND JONATHAN.
  • 20:16 I WANT YOU TO HEAR THIS IN II SAMUEL, CHAPTER 1,
  • 20:20 HE SAYS IN VERSE 23,
  • 20:28 HOW CAN DAVID DESCRIBE JONATHAN AND HIS FATHER AS THE LOVELY AND THE PLEASANT?
  • 20:34 YOU KNOW WHY?
  • 20:36 I MEAN....YOU CAN BE VEXED OVER SOMEBODY THAT'S REALLY BEEN MESSING YOU UP FOR YEARS,
  • 20:41 BUT YOU MAKE PEACE WITH IT AND YOU JUST SAY, "GOD...WHATEVER".
  • 20:46 I THINK ITS STRIKING THAT DAVID HIMSELF DID MUCH THE SAME.
  • 20:50 HE SAYS IN VERSE 26,
  • 20:55 DAVID LEARNED TO FORGIVE AND GIVE IT OVER TO GOD AND HE WAS ABLE TO GO ON TO GREATNESS.
  • 21:00 WOULD THAT WE DID LIKEWISE.
  • 21:04 (Jeff Speaking) AND NOW IN PRAISE TO GOD ADONAI
  • 21:07 FROM JERUSALEM'S KING OF KINGS PAVILION
  • 21:10 WE JOIN PAUL WILBUR IN SONG.
  • 21:27 ♪WHO IS LIKE HIM THE LION AND THE LAMB♪
  • 21:32 ♪SEATED ON THE THRONE♪
  • 21:38 ♪MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN♪
  • 21:40 ♪EVERY OCEAN ROARS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS♪
  • 21:45 ♪COME PRAISE HIM♪
  • 21:46 ♪PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 21:51 ♪FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN 'TIL THE END OF EVERY DAY♪
  • 21:57 ♪PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 22:01 ♪ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH♪
  • 22:04 ♪ALL THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS
  • 22:06 ♪SING PRAISE♪
  • 22:52 ♪OH PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 22:58 ♪FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN 'TIL THE END OF EVERY DAY♪
  • 23:04 ♪PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 23:09 ♪ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH♪
  • 23:11 ♪ALL THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS
  • 23:13 ♪SING PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 23:19 ♪FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN 'TIL THE END OF EVERY DAY♪
  • 23:24 ♪PRAISE ADONAI♪
  • 23:29 ♪ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH♪
  • 23:32 ♪ALL THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS
  • 23:34 ♪SING PRAISE♪
  • 23:40 ♪BRING YOUR PRAISE TO THE LORD
  • 23:44 ♪ALL YOU THAT HAVE BREATH GIVE HIM PRAISE♪
  • 23:49 ♪FOR HE IS LORD OF LORDS♪
  • 23:58 ♪ALL THE STARS IN THEIR COURSES...
  • 23:59 ♪THEY SING THEIR PRAISE...♪
  • 24:06 WELL THAT WAS PAUL WILBUR AND HIS TREATMENT OF "PRAISE ADONAI",
  • 24:09 HEBREW FOR "PRAISE THE LORD".
  • 24:11 AND WE CAN PRAISE THE LORD, BY THE WAY,
  • 24:13 WHEN ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE HUG AND KISS EACH OTHER.
  • 24:17 AND THAT'S THE STORY AS WE LOOK NOW WITH ZOLA LEVITT AND TOM MCCALL
  • 24:21 WHO SPOKE TO DR. AVRAHAM BIRAN FOR ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS DISCOVERIES IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
  • 24:27 THAT CORROBORATES THE BIBLICAL STORY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID.
  • 24:33 MOST IMPORTANTLY
  • 24:34 THE STONE CALLED
  • 24:35 "THE HOUSE OF DAVID STONE"
  • 24:37 WAS FOUND HERE AT TEL DAN,
  • 24:39 A STONE INSCRIBED WITH THE PHRASE, "HOUSE OF DAVID"
  • 24:42 WHICH WAS THE FIRST REAL EVIDENCE OF THAT DYNASTY.
  • 24:48 CHIEF ARCHAEOLOGIST AND FINDER OF THE STONE, DR. AVRAHAM BIRAN
  • 24:52 TRANSLATES FROM THE ARAMAIC CHISELED IN THIS MOST IMPORTANT FIND.
  • 24:57 (Dr. Biran speaking) THE LAST LETTER OF THE WORD "KING", "MELECH"
  • 25:01 AND THEN NEXT TO IT IS "BEIT", "HOUSE", "DAVID"
  • 25:10 "HOUSE OF DAVID" WITHOUT THE DOT BETWEEN.
  • 25:13 NOW THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEN THE EXPRESSION
  • 25:16 "BEIT DAVID", "HOUSE OF DAVID"
  • 25:19 WAS APPARENTLY A KNOWN EXPRESSION.
  • 25:23 (Zola speaking) DR. BIRAN RESPONDS TO THE SCHOLARS WHO QUESTIONED THE IMPACT OF THIS INCREDIBLE FIND.
  • 25:28 SINCE THE HOUSE OF DAVID, FOR EXAMPLE THE NAME, THE EXPRESSION
  • 25:32 AND THE NAME "DAVID" FOR THAT MATTER WAS NEVER FOUND OUTSIDE THE BIBLE.
  • 25:37 PEOPLE USED TO SAY, "WELL YOU KNOW PEOPLE INVENTED A LEGEND."
  • 25:43 SO NOW YOU HAVE EVIDENCE ON STONE, ENGRAVED ON STONE OF THE EXPRESSION, "BEIT DAVID",
  • 25:52 "HOUSE OF DAVID".
  • 25:55 NO, I DIDN'T STEAL THE ORIGINAL.
  • 25:58 BUT THIS FAMOUS HOUSE OF DAVID STONE REMINDS US OF THE FACT THAT THERE REALLY WAS A DAVID.
  • 26:06 AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DAVID STORY IN THE BIBLE
  • 26:08 WE'RE REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT THERE REALLY WAS A SAUL.
  • 26:13 AND WHEN WE LOOK AT SAUL'S STORY IN THE BIBLE WE'RE REMINDED OF THE FACT THAT WE ALL HAVE A SAUL
  • 26:20 AND THAT GOD USES SAUL TYPE PEOPLE AND SAUL TYPE CIRCUMSTANCE
  • 26:26 TO MAKE US INTO THE PEOPLE GOD WOULD HAVE US TO BE.
  • 26:30 OH WOULD YOU NOT PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD TODAY,
  • 26:33 REPENT OF YOUR SINS, GET RIGHT WITH HIM,
  • 26:35 MAKE YOUR WAY INTO A BIBLE BELIEVING CONGREGATION AND LEARN TO WALK WITH GOD.
  • 26:40 YOU'LL FIND THAT DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING HE'LL TAKE YOU TO A GREAT PLACE.
  • 26:45 THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:49 SHA' ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:51 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Call
  2. David and Saul
  3. Family
  4. Wars
  5. Celebrated Warrior King
  6. A Messianic Proto-type
  7. Israel's Sweet Psalmist
  8. Messiah

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