The Boy Who Became King.
(1st Samuel 16:1-13)
Jesse was worried: very worried.
Sweat beads flowed from his forehead
down his face.
The seal was unmistakable:
the General Overseer.
He wondered why the GO would write
him a letter.
What have I done?
His mind raced back the last few weeks.
He couldn't readily remember any
wrongdoing on his part.
He opened the envelope with trembling
His eyes stared at the invitation card.
He was relieved, but a bit apprehensive.
Strange how one could feel both emotions
at the same time, he thought.
The GO is inviting him to a love feast.
Well, it's not as bad as he thought.
Then his eyes caught a small detail at
the bottom of the invitation card:
"Please come with all your sons".
Aha! He knew it.
Those boys- what have they done again?
These boys won't kill me!
Jesse hurriedly called a family meeting
and told his sons they would accompany
him to a love feast in Bethlehem in a
On the day of the feast, they all
dressed appropriately for the event.
Jesse made sure all of them were
He wondered why the GO insisted on
him bringing his sons.
He wondered what they did.
He had questioned them all one on one,
they all denied any wrongdoing.
Children of nowadays.
They never tell the truth.
He looked at Eliab.
Broad-shouldered, tall and built
like a tank.
Did he kill anyone?
He's a soldier with a terrible temper.
How many times have I warned him
about his violent temper, Jesse thought.
He turned and looked at Abinadab as
he entered the vehicle.
Abinadab had a way with the ladies.
He was a proper ladies' man.
Could he have broken the heart of
Well, that is not a crime worth the G.O's
Even if he had raped someone...
Jesse frowned as Abinadab clicked on
his seat belt.
Could Abinadab commit rape?
You can never tell, with these kids.
Great kid, obedient to a fault.
Jesse couldn't remember the last
time he scolded him.
Well, when we get to the feast, the G.O
will tell us what the problem is.
If there's a problem at all...
The feast went well, Jesse made sure
his sons were well behaved all through.
None of them should be seen as a
glutton or a drunkard with the G.O
There were always sycophants at such
gatherings who are quick to point
to the G.O who was misbehaving.
When the merriment ended without
much ado, the GO asked to see Jesse
Aha: the Moment of Truth.
Jesse prayed silently under his breath.
The GO exchanged pleasantries with him.
Then he asked for his sons to come
before him one after the other.
Eliab the first born came out.
The GO looked at him with a glint in his eyes.
He smiled. Jesse heaved a sigh of relief:
at least, now I know he didn't kill anybody,
else the GO wouldn't have smiled!
The GO reached out for a bottle of anointing
oil and opened it. Then he froze.
He covered it back and asked Eliab to leave.
Jesse was confused. What is going on?
He wanted to ask the G.O, but he wasn't
Abinadab sauntered in.
The G.O shook his head.
"Next!" Enter Shammah. No dice.
Jesse was more confused.
These GOs have a way of keeping
people in suspense!
All the sons came and left, and apparently,
something about them did not impress
the GO. "What is he looking for?",
The GO suddenly turned and stared
at Jesse. "Oops! He must have read
"Are these all your sons?" the GO asked.
"Well, yeah- these are my legitimate sons.
However, there's one more, the last born.
He's taking care of the family business.
He's just a kid, he's not even old enough
to be coming for a love feast like this sir.
What does he know?"
The GO smiled, with the glint in his
eyes again. "Send for him.
We won't even sit down until he comes!"
Ok. So, that little rascal is THE problem!
I knew it! Stubborn little boy!
As they waited, Jesse's curiosity got the
better of him. "Sir, forgive me for asking,
but what is the problem with my sons?
It seems you see the last born as the
one you're looking for...
In that moment, David walked in.
A rudy and handsome red headed teenager.
The GO shouted. His shout attracted
David's elder brothers into the room.
The G.O reached for the bottle of oil
and asked David to kneel down.
He emptied the oil on his head as his
father and brothers watched....
"I anoint you as the king over Israel!"
Jesse and his other sons were
Jesse called the GO aside.
"Sir, you don't understand.
That boy is not..."
The GO raised his hand to silence him.
"Actually I do, Jesse.
I know David is not your favourite son.
I didn't even know he existed!
When I saw Eliab, I was certain he
was the chosen one. But the Lord told
me He doesn't look at men from the
He looks at the interior..."
The circumstances surrounding your
birth doesn't matter to God.
Were you conceived out of wedlock?
So was Jesus. Were you born out of
wedlock? So was Jephtah.
Are you called "illegitimate"?
Has that tag dogged your life thus far?
I have news for you- there are no such
things as illegitimate children;
only illegitimate parents!
God specialises in making something
out of nothing.
God specialises in using the shameful
and mundane stuff to confound the wise.
Cheer up! God has YOUR number!
David was the last person expected to
be king. There was nothing "Kingly"
about him physically. But God who sees
beyond the physical picked him out.
Your life matters. He will find you.
It's only a matter of time...