Problems in high places-7

1 Samuel 16:14 “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”
1 Samuel 16:15 “And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.”
…From yesterday…
Now, let’s consider the seven qualities:
1 Samuel 16:18 “Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, [that is] cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD [is] with him.’
The first quality David has is, “…son of Jesse the Bethlehemite…” This is what I call mentoring or fathering. David was not an authority by himself. He is a man under authority. He is a man that has a father figure in his life.
David has somebody that can tell him to shut up and sit down. He has someone he can be reported to incase he misbehaves. He has a place of inspiration. He has somebody that can teach him the protocol of the palace. Hear this:
1 Samuel 16:19 “Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which [is] with the sheep.”
1 Samuel 16:20 “And Jesse took an ass [laden] with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent [them] by David his son unto Saul.”
Assuming Saul sent for David directly, the young man might have misbehaved and miss out, especially with the rules of the palace, but Jesse knew better and guided him. Jesse helped him prepare for the palace properly.
Jesse sent the customary items for sacrifice and appeasement of kings in their days (we will talk about those items in another meditation). David wouldn’t have known that and might have been rejected in the palace. Jesse prepared the ground for his son’s greatness!
To start with, king Saul didn’t speak directly to David, he spoke to Jesse.
To be continued…
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