1Samuel 17:12 “Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.”

1Samuel 17:13 “And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.”

The more I read this story, the more the Holy Spirit open my eyes to some mysteries. Today, I want to show you something interesting about David and his other brothers.

Jesse had eight sons according to our focal scripture and David was the youngest. What caught my attention in our focal scripture was the way they were introduced. Some “adjectives” were used to describe David which were not used for his seven brothers.

David was introduced as “the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse” while his brothers were simply introduced as “the three eldest sons of Jesse”. Why was this?

I did a little study on this and saw something intriguing. Jesse had some appellations before his name which I believe was only known to David or probably only made sense to him.

The name Ephrathite from the Hebrew simply means “a great and mighty man”, “a champion”! The bible didn’t tell us about the things that made Jesse mighty and a champion but I believe David knew them. David was already the son of a champion before he went against Goliath, the champion of Gath.

Put differently, David was the only one among the eight brothers who went after the champion’s gene in their father’s DNA! Beloved,have you ever wondered why people attend the same church, have the same spiritual and biological father, listen to the same sermons but have different results?

How can a wise son like Solomon and a foolish son like Absalom come from the same father?

To be continued…

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