King David Was Not a Super Hero

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I’ve read through 2 Samuel now. King David, it is said, was a man after God’s own heart. He was a man who genuinely wished to follow God’s will in all he did, I believe. His was also the kingly line from which our Savior  descended. David was a great king and arguably one of the greatest men ever. And yet, he was still a flawed man living in a flawed world.

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Often, David is portrayed as an almost super human warrior bard who happened to make a couple mistakes along the way; most notably that whole Bathsheba affair. But David’s mistakes are the things that make him an interesting character within the Bible narrative, and they also are what make him accessible and therefore usable on a practical level.

I mean, if we want to read about a super hero, we can read a comic book. But that is mere escapism. They’re not real in any sense at all except for our imaginations. I, for insurance, can never be Batman or even much like him.

David’s flaws, his sins, accentuate his humannness. David aspires, with all his heart, to be the king and man that God anointed him to be and, for the most part, he is very successful. There are times, however, in which David fails miserably. There are also times in which David does the right things but his situation goes south anyway. That’s life. Even David was only human.

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Bust of King David

That’s the take away from the life of King David. In spite of his greatness and his special anointing from God, King David was, at the end of the day, a flawed human being like you and me.

We could discuss this further by comparing and contrasting King David with the King of kings, Jesus Christ, and perhaps we will later when we reach the Gospels.

For now, however, I want to point out the comparison between King David and average Christians. The fact of the matter is that we sin every single day. Anyone who claims differently is delusional or a liar, or both. The only difference between a believer and a nonbeliever, when we get down to brass tacks, is that believers are pardoned by the grace of God. Our crimes are paid for in advance. Thank God.

The point is that if King David, for all his shortcomings, is still remembered as a man after God’s heart, then there’s hope for sinners like us. The thing is that David always turned back to God and that’s what we need to do as well. If God did not reject King David, then there is not a chance that He will ever reject a believer who is saved by faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God. Amen to that.

As always, feel free to leave any topical thoughts, questions, or comments below.

God Bless,

Christopher

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