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Discover the Book - July 30, 2008

  • 2008 Jul 30

David’s Life of Finding Refuge

Sometimes it’s good to pull over and look at the map. Just to see where you are, where you're headed, and how far you have come. This morning we are on a wonderful journey finding all the sites in God's Word where Christ is our refuge. We arrived at the third truth—Christ the Refuge for the Lonely.

Then we began to look at David. We have found that David’s life is often described in the Bible. But is there any significance to the items about David captured in the Old Testament?

I'd like to show you the person God chose to write about more than any other person in the Bible.

Yes, I know that Christ is the theme of every chapter and every book of this Bible. But the most described and talked about person in God's Word is David. His strengths, weaknesses, virtues and vices, character and habits are all there—more than any other person.

David God’s Example to Us

I believe that God captured David’s highs and lows for our benefit. God records his successes and failures for our learning.  And all that is because God is teaching us how to please Him by the correct responses to our circumstances in life.

David has been recorded by God in His Word as an example to us in how to find all we need in Jesus—no matter we ever will face in life, David mirrors a response that pleases God that we can follow.

We find that there are over 140 chapters of the Bible about David. That is astounding. Let me show them to you. Here is the first mention of David. Turn to 1st Samuel 16, we see the first appearance of David in God's Word.

God always has the best plans and will show us what they are if we listen and obey Him.

Whether in the background of foreground all the way from 1st Samuel 16.1 and God’s command to Samuel the prophet through David’s death in 1st Kings 2.11--we find David everywhere in these .

Now turn to 1st Chronicles 2:11 and pick up with David, the 7th born son of Jesse. In 1st Chronicles 3.1-9 we find David’s sons. David is also mentioned in 4.31; 6.31; 7.2; and 9.22 and from 1st Chronicles 10-29 he is everywhere again. So far that is 48 chapters of the Bible. When we add in the 73 known Psalms that gives David at least 141 chapters that contain his life.

So God devotes 141 chapters—more than for any other person, to David’s life. How much coverage does God give others in His Word. In the scope of portraits recorded in the Scriptures here are the statistics for the six most described people in God's Word. 

1.    David (141 chapters)  appears in Ruth 4 (1), 1 Sam. 16-1 Kings 2 (42), 1 Chronicles 2-4, 6-7, 9-29 (25), Psalms (73). In I Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 he the man after God’s own heart. Mentioned by name 1,085 times.

2.    MOSES (136 chapters) appears from Exodus 2-40 (38), Leviticus 1 through Deuteronomy 34 (97), and in Psalm 90 (1). The name Moses is recorded 848 times in the Bible.

3.    Jesus Christ our Lord (105 chapters) is written about in all the Gospels (89), has letters in Rev. 1-3 (3), ascends in Acts 1 and speaks to Paul in Acts 9 and 27 (3). The name of Jesus is recorded 983 times in the Bible.

4.    Paul (104 chapters) is recorded from Acts 9 through Philemon (104) = 104 Chapters. The name Paul is recorded 157 times.

5.    John  (102 chapters) is written about in half the chapters of the Synoptic Gospels (44), in Acts 1-8 (8), in Revelation and his Epistles (29), and the Gospel by John (21). The name John occurs 131 times in God's Word.

6.    Peter  (65 chapters) is recorded by the Gospels in about half the chapters (45), Acts 1-8, 10-12, 15 (12), and the Epistles of Peter (8). The name Peter occurs 158 times in God's Word.

All that to say that, the most talked about, the most portrayed, the most described example for us in all of God's Word is-David.

So it would be good to stop and get the big picture of his life as recorded in God's Word all over again. In the days ahead you might want to jot notes in your Bible or take some extra notes and just see the whole scope of the dealings of the Lord with this special servant he called the man after His own heart!


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