This spring semester in RUF we will be studying the life of David on Tuesday nights. One of the most well known and complex men of the Old Testament, David is also one of the most misunderstood. Here are three reasons why we are committing a whole semester to studying the life of David.
1. To Better Understand Jesus. Jesus’ title as Son of David is not a random title taken from an Old Testament character, but one that speaks volumes in terms of Jesus’ identity as the true king of Israel who has come to save God’s people. Throughout the New Testament the crowds (Matthew 12), the disciples (Matthew 1), the children (Matthew 21), and the broken (Luke 18) find hope in the reality that Jesus was the true son of David. Primarily, we will be studying the life of David with an eye towards the greater fulfillment that has come in Christ.
2. To Better Understand the Christian Life. More material is devoted to the life of David than nearly any other character in the Old Testament. We see David at his best and worst, living faithfully and in sin, as a child and as a father, as a servant and as a king. David’s recorded life runs the spectrum of life’s ups and downs. There is much we can learn from his life, his decisions and his response to challenges as we seek to live all of life in God’s presence.
3. To Better Understand Ourselves. One of the great treasures in the Old Testament is the book of Psalms; many of which are written by David himself. Not only are we given the details of David’s life from a third party perspective, but we also have the benefit of hearing from the man himself in the midst of his dramatic life. We have a record of the events of his life and also a record of his heart’s reaction throughout these circumstances. In many ways the Psalms become a mirror of our own souls as we seek to follow Jesus in our lives. A proper understanding of self is an important part of the Christian life as John Calvin reminds us in the first sentence of the Institutes, “Nearly all of the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”
I’m looking forward to diving into the life of David this semester. I hope you will join us on Tuesday nights!