THIS WEEK’S Old Testament study is another lesson in how much depth the scriptures contain when we actually look.
We discuss the prophetic implications of Psalms 22-24, the Divine Council references in Psalms 47 and 68, and the setting of the time and place — just after David’s victories over the Jebusites to take Jerusalem and the Philistines at the Valley of Rephaim — in which they were composed.
James J. Tissot, ‘The Valiant of Gibeon’ (1896-1902), The Jewish Museum, New York. Click for larger image.
OUR OLD Testament study this week moves to a new phase of David’s life as he is declared king of Judah. The rest of the tribes, however, elect to follow Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth (called Eshbaal, or “man of Ba’al”, in 1 Chronicles 8:33), who decided that Saul’s headquarters at Gibeah was just a little too close to the territory of Judah, David’s tribe.
THE TRANSITION from the rule of Saul to the kingdom of David is the focus of this week’s study. We see again how Saul proved himself unworthy of the kingship and his multiple attempts to kill David, although David had done nothing to deserve death.
We also discuss the famous confrontation between David and the giant, Goliath of Gath, and two of David’s psalms that date to this period of David’s life.