Sunday, July 28, 2013

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Good evening to ALL! 

I think anyone who has read the Bible has a favorite person who they have read about. 
One of my favorites is David.  I have this wonderful book which I received from a friend that is titled “Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible”, and I learned even more about my favorite.
 
He was first mentioned in the Bible in Ruth  4:17.  He reigned as King from 1010 to 970 BC.

He is my favorite because of his passion.  He had a passion for God that was next to none.  He didn’t care what people thought of his way of worship and praise for God.  I’m sure people probably jeered at him, laughed and made fun of him (of course in secret).  Even his wife criticized him for it and still he didn’t back down.  Now, that’s my kind of guy, a King who puts his God before anything or anyone.
  
He was such a complex individual.  He was a shepherd, and a musician.  Before he became a giant killer, he was a music therapist for King Saul.  He became King, but he was also a flawed family man.  Even through all of this, he was considered “a man after God’s own heart”.  This is because he realized his shortcomings, and he smart enough to know to put God’s feelings before his own pride and immediately repent and ask God for forgiveness. 
Now that you know my personal feelings toward King David, in the book which I told you about, I learned more.

Many scholars used to
believe that David’s “exploits” were no more real than King Arthur’s legends because at the time there was no tangible proof.  They have definitely changed their tunes at this point. 

In the 1990’s, three discoveries were made. Rock solid proof was found.  I mean literally rock solid.  David’s name was found engraved in a rock.  In 1993, his name was found engraved in a foot-high section of a victory monument in the ruins of Dan, a city in northern Israel.  This has been dated as about a century after David, and refers to the “house” or dynasty of David and the King of Israel.  The words were written in only consonants as was the custom back then, so “House of David” appears as bytdwd.  Byt stands for beit (a form of bayit), or “house of”.  Dwd stands for Dawid, or David.  Some Scholars argue that the letters  could mean something else, but others insist that in the context of the other words, “House of David” is the more likely translation. 

A neat thing is that the identical phrase has been discovered on a second stone a century after David—this one from Moab, or now Jordan.  The Moabite stone was found in 1868, but the reference to David was found only recently after studying a paper impression made of the stone before it was smashed.  (Keep in mind that the copy write of the book I have gotten this information from is 2004. 

Another instance was when Egyptologist Kenneth A. Kitchens of Liverpool reported that a stone hieroglyphic telling about the victories of Pharaoh Sheshonk –who lived decades after David—includes a reference to the “heights of David”, perhaps talking about the hilltop city of Jerusalem.
 
I enjoyed reading these facts above sharing them  because I have run into so many people who make statements like “the Bible was written by men”, so how do we know if its true?”, as well as the Bible is full of  fables and so on.
 
Now I have a question for you.  Who was YOUR FAVORITE person in the Bible and why?  Please leave me a comment, and I will look that person up in my book and expand on the facts of what you are already aware of.

Now, as promised last night, here are the answers of the Bible Trivia questions.  I hope you did well!

1.  Achan—Joshua 7:1

2.  Two, James and Jude—Matthew 13:55

3.  Gomer—Hosea 1:3

4.  Potiphar’s wife—Genesis 39:1,7

5.  Herod (Agrippa the First)—Acts 12:21-23

6.  Ethiopian—Numbers 12:1

7.  Seven pairs of clean and one pair of unclean—Genesis 7:2

8.  Samson—Judges 14:12-14

9.  Joseph of Arimathea—Matthew 27:57

10.  Jezebel—2 Kings 9:30-33

Good Night to All and May God Bless!

 

 
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3 comments:

Frank Blasi said...

Dear PJ,
My favourite Biblical character other than Jesus Christ is probably the prophet Daniel, a Jew in exile who had shown respect for the heathen King Nebuchadnezzar when he revealed his dream of the great image as recorded in chapter two.
Unlike many other Jews, Daniel did not see himself as one of the circuncised while all others as uncircumcised, hinting at a form of national and religious superiority. Instead, he interceded for Israel by pleading with God for national forgiveness and restoration of the nation after the exile.
Having said all that, statistics seem to indicate King David as the favourite Biblical character among modern Christians.

Frank Blasi said...

Dear PJ,
Thanks for your comment about Daniel slaying the dragon or snake.
Unfortunately as this was not recorded in Scripture, we have to confine it as a myth, but it is a fascinating story, with a degree of plausity if the creature was a large snake.
God bless.

settledinheaven said...

PJ,

Yep, David is an interesting character indeed. It is just as you say, he played many roles before becoming King and, yet, we know that the Lord used him in all of his endeavors.

In spite of his weaknesses, the Lord through His grace used him until his death.

His life is a precious story of faithfulness, failure, forgiveness and grace.

Thanks for all the additional information about his life I did not know. Lord bless you PJ.

I hope your summer is going well.

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