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David

Paperback|Sep 2002
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Profiles the shepherd boy who was chosen by the God of Israel and annointed by the prophet Samuel to become king after Saul, emphasizing David's response to his calling and the reactions of others involved.


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Profiles the shepherd boy who was chosen by the God of Israel and annointed by the prophet Samuel to become king after Saul, emphasizing David's response to his calling and the reactions of others involved.
-Publisher


The gripping life of one of the Bible's most intriguing characters will be vividly portrayed for teens. This book is a biography of David, but it's more than that. It's an adventure, a desperate cry for help, a steamy romance, and a passionate Bible study all in one. The life of David will be told in paraphrase from the Bible, and it will be enhanced with details about the time period, additional historical information about the man, and interesting comments about him from other scholars and celebrities.


-Publisher

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David and Bathsheba


2 Samuel 11:1-12:25


David's tired. This has all happened so fast. It was just a few years ago that he was still just working as a shepherd for his dad. There was all the instant fame he got from that battle with Goliath, then Saul and his torments, and now he's King. He's leading the country in battle, and he feels totally overwhelmed. He's stayed home this time--entrusting the war to his most favored generals.


It was a dark hot night in Israel and he was looking for some relief, or maybe for a distraction. He goes up on the roof to chill. He loves sitting up there, watching the men and women pull in the grapes from the vines. He can smell it in the air. He watches the children playing in the streets while mothers are baking flatbread on their baking stones. He just wants to relax.


And then he sees her. She's beautiful. So beautiful it hurts. He can't take his eyes off her--that girl on the roof. He wants her. He can't take his eyes off. The longer he looks, the more he has to have her. And he's not in the mood to deny himself tonight.


So he sends for her. Does she want to come? Or is she being forced to do a sexual favor for the king, just another of his mistresses? Either way she comes--her husband's off fighting for his country, defending his freedom, putting his life on the line for his King.


The next morning she's seen leaving the castle in a bit of a rush. Her hair is a mess and she has on the same clothes she had on last night. People look; they know. In those days it was a scandal to be unfaithful, but with the king? But no one will say anything. She'll just have to live with the secret once her husband comes home. She hopes there won't be any evidence.


For David it was just a momentary slip up, better off forgotten. If only it were that easy. But you know lust never is.


His servant mentions a message from Uriah's household among the other morning news. "What?" David asked. "What did you just say?"


"A servant from Uriah's household."


"Is he still at the front?" David asks.


"I believe he is, sir."


"Bring him in and leave us."


"Yes, sir."


The messenger enters, bows, and hands the king a note. David reads it. His head lowers, his back slumped. "Has Uriah been home in the last month?"


"No, sir. He will not leave the fields."


David needs a plan. He orders Uriah home from the front. He must sleep with his wife. This child must not be David's.


After a few days there was a knock at the door. It was Uriah. Dusty, dirty, tired. David invited him in, offered him a drink and a soft chair. "So tell me, how are things Uriah? How is Joab? Please fill me in on your progress." Uriah told David about the advances they had made and the lives they had lost. He was a noble soldier. An honest man who cared about his king and his kingdom. After the necessary pleasantries David told Uriah to go home and clean up. His wife would be glad to see him.


In front of the castle Uriah puts down his stuff and makes himself a bed with the rest of the servants. "This'll do just fine," he says to himself.

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