No sooner is David anointed to be Saul’s successor than he starts plundering the king’s house.

His victory over Goliath wins the admiration of the women of Israel, who praise him more highly than they praise Saul.

Jonathan recognizes that David will be the next king, and he strips off the signs of his princely status and hands them over to David. David and Jonathan make a covenant, and Jonathan sticks with David even when it puts him in directly conflict with his father.

Michal, Saul’s daughter, loves and marries David and like her brother Jonathan helps David escape from Saul.

Saul is a strong man. David is a stronger man, come to plunder the strong man’s house. And the members of the royal house prove worthy to be disciples, hating their faith out of love for David.

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Articles by Peter J. Leithart

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