We begin a new series today, “David the King: God’s Grace for a Dysfunctional Dad.” David is the most famous king of the Israeli Monarchy. He lived about 1,000 B.C. Jesus is often referred to as the Son of David, meaning David’s descendant, a rightful heir to the throne of David.
A history of David’s life is recorded for us in the Old Testament books of 1-2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles. In the past we have done studies on David the shepherd boy, David the fugitive fleeing from king Saul, and David as newly anointed King of Israel. Now over the next few weeks, we’ll learn about David’s later years as king. Most of the focus in these later chapters is on David’s failures as a husband and father.
To this point, David has been cast as the hero, the hope of Israel. But as we will see today, the story turns. The people of Israel learn that David is flawed. The turning point in his life is one terrible mistake with catastrophic consequences.