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King David is one of the most important figures to learn about in any spiritual journey. He was Israel’s third king, and it’s not hard to see why he is the most important. David spends a lot of time being the main character in the scriptures, both in the form of stories and in other areas such as Psalms, of which about half of them are attributed to him.
He’s achieved some incredible feats, including being the famous boy who managed to defeat a fearsome giant with a slingshot by his side. Even outside of the realm of scripture, this story has found itself inside many common pieces of literature, culture, and art. If you have your doubts about this, think about how many times the David and Goliath reference has been used to describe an underdog taking on incredible odds.
Have you ever wondered what it is that made David such a standout figure in the scriptures? He is a very important figure, and he did great work in Jerusalem. David had his flaws, much like any human being did, but he was still hailed as a man after G-d’s own heart. Though he was not a perfect man, he had such a great measure of faith that he became the measuring stick for Israel’s future kings.
Here are some interesting facts about King David for you to think about.
He Hailed from the Tribe of Judah
Jacob, who was later renamed Israel, had twelve sons, from which the 12 tribes of Israel descended. Apart from Levi’s tribe, all of them had control over various areas in the nation of Israel. Judah prevailed over his brothers, and while King Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, the tribe of Judah went on to become the tribe of kings.
The territory of Judah included Jerusalem, and upon becoming King, David cemented Jerusalem as not only the nation’s capital, but also as G-d’s headquarters. Of course, doing so made a permanent change to Judah’s relevance in Jewish culture and life.
Until King Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem and put an end to the line of kings, David’s line ruled over it for about 400 years.
The Name David in Hebrew
While David’s feats and adventures are often a hot topic for discussion, the name David in Hebrew and its associated meaning don’t find themselves in as many conversations. It originated from the Hebrew דּוֹד (dod), which has the meanings of “favorite” or “beloved.” It’s important to note that looking at the Hebrew names assigned throughout the scriptures, they are not random, as some people may believe.
When you read the stories that each character is a part of, you can see how the Hebrew name is relevant to the way their lives unfolded. The spelling of David’s name includes Dalet, Vav, Dalet, which has the meanings indicated above.
It’s not hard to see the kind of favor that he found with G-d, and how his life played out, even before he became a King, the people of Israel adored him, especially after Goliath’s defeat.
David Had Seven Brothers
The number seven came to represent perfection or completion in many parts of Jewish culture because G-d rested on the seventh day and blessed it as a holy one. There are many indications of the special significance of the number, such as the feast of tabernacles, which takes place in the seventh month for seven days, and the year of Jubilee, which took place after seven iterations of seven years. David was Jesse’s seventh son, which associated him with the blessing, holiness, and perfect plan of G-d.
David Was Musically Inclined
After David’s anointing, an evil spirit began to torment King Saul, following the L-rd’s spirit leaving him. Saul’s servants famously believed that a musician’s services were the perfect counter to the torment that the evil spirit would inflict upon him. David was a talented musician in his own right, so Saul decided to make him an armor bearer.
The scripture states that whenever the evil spirit would come upon Saul, David would pick up his lyre and play, which brought relief and caused the evil spirit to leave. This meant that David had to serve the functions of both playing music for the King and being a shepherd to his father’s sheep.