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.”

1Samuel 17:14 “And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.”

1Samuel 17:15 “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.”

I sometimes joke that when we get to heaven, I’ll like my mansion to be next to David’s own because I have a lot of questions for him. If not for proper biblical record keeping, I would have argued that he was not seventeen years old when he defeated Goliath.

He was acting way too advanced in age. The bible says he was the youngest but then the wisdom he displayed was “elderly”. He knew things far beyond his young age. The things he did are things you would expect from “Big Bro Eliab”.

I wanted blaming Eliab and the others until I saw these scriptures:

Job 32:6 “And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid and durst not shew you mine opinion.”

Job 32:7 “I said Days should speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom.”

Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding”

Job 32:9 “Great men are not always wise neither do the aged understand judgment.”

Elihu was a very young man, but he was wiser than Job and his other elderly friends. Elihu showed us here that age and wisdom most times don’t go hand in hand, anyway, let’s keep that matter aside for now and get back to David.

One thing everyone must master in the critical battles of life is the nature of the men you partner with. In our focal scripture the bible said something pathetic about the three eldest brothers of David.

To be continued…

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