The Mysterious Childhood of King David - Unknown Facts
KING DAVID'S CHILDHOOD
We see in the book of psalms by David, few chapters were written with lot of depression & calling for help. Have we ever thought about it what could be the situation behind it? Why it is always King David feel so alone, so disgraced, and so undeserving of love and friendship?
We don’t have a proper scriptures on David’s childhood in
the Bible but history has it, that he was born under controversial
circumstances. From historical source, we now know that he was born to Jesse by his wife Nitzevet, a name which
is not mentioned in the Bible but which nevertheless was real.
Jesse (Yishai) who
has served as the head of the Sanhedrin (supreme court of Torah law), and one
of the most notable leaders of his generation. At a stage in his life, he came
to realize that, he was not qualified to marry Nitzevet since she was not from
the same tradition. As a member of the judiciary, he believed that he had the
moral duty to redress the situation even though she had been in the marriage for
many years and had been blessed with children. Based on this, he decided to do
restitution and hence, he was separated from Nitzevet.
Jesse had a housemaid within the same tradition who was
eligible to have a relationship. He, therefore, planned to marry her and she
readily agreed. However, the maid had a soft spot towards Nitzevet and
sympathized for her difficulties that she was going through. Hence she
collaborated with Nitzevet to switch place with her for a night and Nitzevet
became pregnant but she covered the fact from her husband and the community, to
avoid humiliating him.
When the husband and the other children became aware of the
pregnancy, they thought she had committed adultery, an offense that was
punishable by death. But Jesse intervened for her and thus saved her life even
without knowing that he was responsible for the pregnancy. However, the family
began to treat her with disregard and decided to make the coming child an
exile(Outsider). That child was David.
David bought up as an individual. Until he was 28 years old,
he suffered innocently over the troubles imposed on him by forces, beyond his
control. In the course of time, David wrote Psalm 69 to describe his terrible
condition. As we see, mentioned in Psalms 69:20
“This psalm describes
the life of a poor, despised and lowly individual, who lacks even a single
friend to comfort him. It is the voice of a distressed soul who has experienced
untold humiliation and disgrace. Through no apparent cause of his own, he is
surrounded by enemies who wish to cut him down; even his own brothers are
strangers to him, ravaging and reviling him . . . .”
Also it seems that, David
was not permitted to eat with the rest of his family like his brothers do and
he was not supposed to be called as the son of Jesse, In fact he was assigned
to a separate table in the corner. He was given the task of shepherd because
‘they hoped that a wild beast would come and kill him while he was performing
his duties,’ and for this reason was sent to pasture in dangerous areas full of
lions and bears.
David himself testified to this when on getting to the
battlefield, his daring request to be allowed to face Goliath was being
rejected by king Saul. He had declared that: “I take care of my father’s sheep.
Whenever a lion or a bear carries off a lamb, I go after it, attack it, and
rescue the lamb. And if the lion or bear turns on me, I grab it by the throat
and beat it to death. I have killed lions and bears, and I will do the same to
this heathen Philistine, who has defied the army of the living God. The Lord
has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine.” (1 Sam.
Similarly, we go
through many challenges every day, we feel alone, rejected, disgraced, and
undeserving of love and friendship and also some trails and difficulties which
are beyond our control.
We go through many
insults and people may hurt us & leave us at the point of time we would
need them. But let’s believe in God, who has proved that “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
FROM HIM” and also fulfilled the promise did with us "I WILL NEVER LEAVE
YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU” Hebrews 13:5.