David and the Faithful 400

David and the Faithful 400

David and the Faithful 400
By Carolyn Dale Newell

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It seems odd that a hero of the faith such as David would only get a mention in Hebrews, even if, as the writer stated, time would fail to tell all there is to tell about each of these men, including David, one of the most well-known people in the Bible.

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets.” (Heb. 11:32, NKJV)

David slayed the giant, Goliath, with just a sling and a stone. As his father’s shepherd, David protected the flocks from dangerous animals, killing bears and lions. He eluded King Saul, who was seeking to kill him. Years later, he had to flee Jerusalem when his own son Absalom was trying to steal his kingdom. David was quite the hero, but as I studied him, one verse kept jumping out at me.

“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (1 Sam. 22:2)

Everyone who was distressed, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented—that could describe just about anyone. At one point or another, we are all in distress, in debt, or (more…)

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