Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Why We Have Prophets
Look at David’s rise from the perspective of a citizen of Israel at the time. After 400 years of anarchy, Israel finally has a legitimate king, Shaul (Saul). Then David becomes a better warrior than Shaul, moves in with and even serves militarily on the side of the Phillistines, gathers an army of 600 outlaws, he has an altercation with Naval, who mysteriously dies, and immediately marries Naval’s widow Avigayil. If we didn’t have the prophets in Shmuel to tell us David’s motives were pure, we would be inclined to think the worst. This may explain why it took seven years from David’s coronation until his recognition as king by all the tribes of Israel.