There are more connections between Jesus and David than being a distant descendant born in the same city as David. Even many unchurched people know the basics of the story of David and Goliath but there is so much more to his story.
David was a young lad who watched over the sheep. He took the job very seriously. Sometimes wild animals would try to attack his flock. Even though he was young, he did not run, nor did he let the lion or the bear have the sheep. He attacked the lion and the bear to defend his sheep. The sheep were more important to him than a risk to his own life. When Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd, David and his heroics should come to mind.
King Saul was the first king over Israel but his heart was not fully with the Lord. He would adapt God’s orders to what he wanted to do. In a crisis he relied on himself instead of the Lord. So God ended up taking the kingship away from Saul and giving it David. Now Saul was still alive and king but the blessing had left him. This compares to the time of transition between the Old Covenant which people were fulfilling imperfectly and the New Covenant of Jesus which had yet to be brought to fulfillment.
The Philistines attacked Israel. Their leader was a man named Goliath who was giant man. All of Israel, including David’s older brothers were afraid of him. When David was sent by his father to bring his brothers food he heard Goliath’s insults and taunts. David was very angry for the sake of the Lord. So he went to Saul and begged him to let him fight. The Lord, who had delivered over to him lions and bears, would defeat Goliath as well. He refused any armor taking with him only a slingshot and five stones. David sais to Goliath, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied.” David defeated Goliath with the name of the Lord, the stone was the instrument that brought it about. In the same way, Jesus went into the desert and took on Satan one-on-one. He defeated Satan using nothing but the word of God.
David went about fighting the Philistines throughout the land. When Saul saw that David was more popular than he was. He got very jealous and tried to kill him. Jesus went throughout the land curing people of their diseases and casting out demons. When the religious authorities of the day saw that Jesus was becoming popular with the people. They tried to discredit him and kill him.
David had a group of loyal men who followed him around throughout the countryside fighting his battles for Israel. They correspond to Jesus’ apostles and disciples who shared in His work.
David became king and made his capital Jerusalem. It was there is Jesus was dressed in purple and crowned with thorns. He was presented to the people as the King of the Jews and they rejected him.
There came a time when during David’s kingship when he was betrayed by his own son. As he left Jerusalem, David went to the Garden of Olives. There he wept and prayed to God. Jesus too was betrayed by one of his apostles. It was there in the same Garden of Olives where He wept and prayed. God allowed David to escape and later return to Israel to rule again after his enemies were defeated. God allowed Jesus to be captured in that garden. He too will come again to rule forever!
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For more on David read 1 Sam. 16- 2 Sam 24