Israel's History

Lessons from the Life of David

Israel’s Divinely Determined King

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson introduces a series on the life of David, the Israelite king. Dr. Johnson demonstrates from the boy David's anointing how God's choice is a sharp contrast to human standards.

The Tragic Fruits of Disobedience

1 Samuel 16:14-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on the decline of King Saul. Dr. Johnson also shares his thoughts about Christian music in reference to young David's ministry to the tormented Israelite king.

David, Goliath and David’s Greater Son

1 Samuel 17:4-11; 28-51

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the account of David and Goliath. The Messianic typology of the event is exposited.

Providence and the Way of Love and Envy

1 Samuel 18:1-30

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition of David's life by discussing additional parallels between the future king's life and the work of the Messiah.

The Outlaw: Fleeing Yet Singing

1 Samuel 19:1-24 Psalm 59

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the flight of David from Saul and describes how the circumstances are reflected inwardly in one of David's psalms.

The Mastering Passion of Jonathan’s Love

1 Samuel 20:11-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on the love and loyalty of Jonathan, David's friend.

The Declension of David

1 Samuel 21:1-15

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains how David began to move out of God's will even before becoming king of Israel.

David the Outcast

1 Samuel 22:1-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds God's sovereign plan of history in using David as a type of the rejected Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Rock of Escape

1 Samuel 23:1-29

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson describes God's providence in dealing with trials when David was told to fight against the Philistines.

David Subduing Saul by Subduing Himself

1 Samuel 24:1-22

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds David's encounter with King Saul while hiding from him in the cave.