Jesse Tree – Day 13: David

It’s time! We are halfway through, which means that we are finally ready to contemplate King David.

In so many messianic prophecies, David is mentioned. After all, the Messiah is to come from the House of David and assume the throne of David.

But David had an interesting past… when he was chosen to be a king, he was not a prince or anybody with authority. In fact, when the Prophet Samuel came to search for a king in Jesse’s clan, David was only sent for as an afterthought. Instead he was a shepherd.

In much of the same way, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd long before He hints of His kingship. So, in a way, He is fulfilling the prophecies of old and assuming David’s kingdom through the Holy Spirit… in the same way that David did, really!

So, let’s take a closer look at David’s story and how he came to be king, shall we?

First, the ornament:

The next ornament, which is the Star of David! If you’re interested in crocheting your own ornament, the pattern is here!

It is a Star of David, to represent David’s legacy. This star was actually not a Jewish symbol until about the 19th century, yet it is one of those iconic symbols that has caught on so quickly and represents so much!

And then, the scripture:

The Kingship of David

NABRE

1Samuel 16

1 The LORD said to Samuel: How long will you grieve for Saul, whom I have rejected as king of Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for from among his sons I have decided on a king. 2But Samuel replied: “How can I go? Saul will hear of it and kill me.” To this the LORD answered: Take a heifer along and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.” 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do; you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.

The Anointment of David, by Paolo Veronese, c. 1555. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.
The Anointment of David, by Paolo Veronese, c. 1555. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

NABRE

1Samuel 16

4Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him. When he entered Bethlehem, the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and asked, “Is your visit peaceful, O seer?” 5He replied: “Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. So purify yourselves and celebrate with me today.” He also had Jesse and his sons purify themselves and invited them to the sacrifice. 6As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the anointed is here before the LORD.” 7But the LORD said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel, who said, “The LORD has not chosen him.” 9Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” 10In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”

David in the Wilderness, by William Dyce, c. 1860. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
David in the Wilderness, by William Dyce, c. 1860. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

NABRE

1Samuel 16

11Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he arrives here.”

The Shepherd David, by Elizabeth Jane Gardner, c. 1895. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., United States.
The Shepherd David, by Elizabeth Jane Gardner, c. 1895. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., United States.

NABRE

1Samuel 16

12Jesse had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth with beautiful eyes, and good looking. The LORD said: There—anoint him, for this is the one!

Anointing of David by Samuel, by Feliz-Joseph Barrias, c. 1842. Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, France.
Anointing of David by Samuel, by Feliz-Joseph Barrias, c. 1842. Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, France.

NABRE

1Samuel 16

13Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. Then Samuel set out for Ramah.

The Anointing of David by Samuel, by François-Léon Benouville, c. 1842. Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, United States.
The Anointing of David by Samuel, by François-Léon Benouville, c. 1842. Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, United States.

The next one (which I am going to post later today, seeing as I am a day behind again!) will be another exciting one… because it’s going to be our first reading from a prophet. 🙂

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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