Advent Day 16: David Chosen King

Ornament: Sheep

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Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Short Version (for Tots):

The LORD said to Samuel: I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for from among his sons I have decided on a king.

As they came, he looked at Eliab [Jesse’s firstborn] and thought, “Surely the anointed is here before the LORD.”

But the LORD said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.

In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”

Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him.”

Jesse had the young man brought to them. The LORD said: There—anoint him, for this is the one! Samuel anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.


 

Full Version:

The LORD said to Samuel: How long will you grieve for Saul, whom I have rejected as king of Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for from among his sons I have decided on a king.

But Samuel replied: “How can I go? Saul will hear of it and kill me.” To this the LORD answered: Take a heifer along and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.”

Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do; you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.b

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him. When he entered Bethlehem, the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and asked, “Is your visit peaceful, O seer?”

He replied: “Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. So purify yourselves and celebrate with me today.” He also had Jesse and his sons purify themselves and invited them to the sacrifice. As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the anointed is here before the LORD.”

But the LORD said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart. Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel, who said, “The LORD has not chosen him.”

Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.”

In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”

Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he arrives here.”

Jesse had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth with beautiful eyes, and good looking. The LORD said: There—anoint him, for this is the one! Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. Then Samuel set out for Ramah.

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“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

– Luke 1:42-43

How eager we are for Christmas to come! In the same way, Elizabeth was overjoyed when Mary came to visit her. Elizabeth’s words show how special we all are to have Christ come into the world to save us.

God can do anything! He could have appeared out of thin air, fully grown, a strong a powerful King. Instead, He came into the world the way we all have: knitted together in His Mother’s womb and born into the world as a helpless infant.

How great God’s love must be for us that He gave up all His power and strength and came to us in this small way. In doing so, we connect with Jesus more because He is so much like us!

Let us pray…

Dear Jesus,

As I think about You as an adorable baby lying in a manger, I am as overjoyed as Elizabeth.

Just as the shepherds did on Christmas day, I await the time when I will smile over Your cradle of hay, knowing that Your smallness is a special gift to me.

Amen.

 


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