Know when it is time to recognize a leader

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.22.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 5.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 4–6 on April 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The tribes of Israel, except Judah, had been slow to recognize David as the God-approved leader of Israel. Yet, they did eventually, and the following shows why they did acknowledge him,

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh. Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the LORD said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’” Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel (2 Samuel 5.1–3). 

They recognized their connection to David, his past leadership, and that God had given His approval of David as the king of Israel. How then could Israel not anoint David as king over Israel?

Questions:

  • What makes someone stand out as a leader in your eyes?
  • Do you stand behind your leaders?

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