Bible Baptist Church

" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3

A Hero is Crowned King

II Samuel 5


·         It seems to be a long time coming, but David is Crowned King- God’s man is finally on the throne

·         Finding God’s power and leading to fulfill our purpose


I.                    David reigns over all Israel- v. 1-3

a.      Then all the tribes of Israel came to David: Prior to this, only one of the tribes of Israel recognized David as king. The other tribes recognized the pretend king Ishbosheth, one of Saul’s sons. Ishbosheth was murdered as recorded in 2 Samuel 4 – so now the tribes turned to David.

b.      It’s kind of sad that the tribes only turned to David when their previous choice was taken away. At the same time, it’s sad when Christians only really recognize Jesus as king when other choices crumble. We should choose Jesus outright, not just when other options fail.

c.       V. 2- You were really the one who led Israel out and brought them in: The elders of Israel received David’s leadership because he already displayed his ability to lead.

d.      The elders of Israel received David’s leadership because it was evident God called him to lead.

e.      God made David a captain and shepherd over His people, others crowned him. David did not make himself a hero or king

f.        1 Chronicles 12:23-40 describes the great assembly that gathered in Hebron to recognize David as king over all Israel.

g.      Samuel anointed David when he was about 15 years old, and he did not take the throne until 30. David spent at least 15 years in preparation for the throne of Israel.

                                                              i.      Starting out as just a shepherd boy learning to obey his parents at home, to learning how to trust God to see giants fall, to trusting God while on the run for his life.

                                                            ii.      God had a plan for David’s life and it wasn’t always easy, but it was preparing him for his purpose. Learn to embrace God’s refining fire which helps us fulfill our purpose!

II.                  David captures Jerusalem- v. 6-8

a.      Here, we see the boldness of a hero! Joshua 1:6- “Be strong and of a good courage!”

b.      The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites: Up to this time Jerusalem was a small Canaanite city in the center of Israel. Some 400 years after God commanded Israel to take the whole land, this city was still in Canaanite hands.

                                                              i.      God’s promise to Abraham fulfilled! About 800 years from Abraham to David!

                                                            ii.      Chapter 5 of 2Samuel reports that David moved up against Jerusalem, captured it, and made it the capital of his kingdom. We learn later that this city would become the center of the worship of Jehovah. This is actually the third time Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible. The first occurs in Genesis 14, where Abraham, returning from the rescue of Lot, was met by Melchizedek, priest-king of Salem, and [Abraham] gave a tithe to God. (Psalm 76, a psalm of Asaph, also refers to Jerusalem with the term ''Salem''.)

                                                          iii.      The second mention of the city is found in Judges 1:8, 21, which records how Judah drove the Jebusites from the city and burned it, but the Jebusites remained in control of the stronghold/ fortress/citadel.

                                                           iv.      The third, here in chapter 5 of 2Samuel, tells how it became the capital of the Davidic kingdom. The psalmist wrote of Jerusalem, ''Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King'' (Psalm 48:2)

c.       V. 6- Because of its location, Jerusalem was an easily defended city. This made the Jebusites overconfident and quick to mock David and his troops. “blind and lame”

d.      Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion: Despite the difficulty, David and his men took the city.

e.      Many believe David detected a weak point in the city’s water shaft system (gutter)

f.        (2Sa 5:9-10) Jerusalem is David’s new capital city.

g.      ''And David took the stronghold of Zion'' [2Sam 5:7]. This is like the central stronghold  of our will. When that is surrendered to the Lord, His reign is established (2Cor 10:4-5)

III.                David’s greatness- v. 11ff

a.      What makes a hero/champion/leader?

                                                              i.      Preparation is required before promotion

                                                            ii.      V. 7- Bold and courageous

                                                          iii.      V. 10-12- God’s presence and blessings

                                                           iv.      V. 13- A hero has feet of clay, and is imperfect

1.      We cannot miss, or minimize what the Bible records here. David went against God in his polygamy

2.      And so, the type of Christ ends there, because none can be perfect except for Christ Himself!

3.      The fact that God used David, means that God can use you and me as well!

                                                             v.      V. 19-25- A great leader is a great follower of God

b.      V. 12 So David perceived/knew: David knew three things that made his reign great. Every godly leader should know these three things well.

                                                              i.      · David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel: David knew that God called him and established him over Israel.

                                                            ii.      · He had exalted His kingdom: David knew that the kingdom belonged to God – it was His kingdom.

                                                          iii.      · For the sake of His people Israel: David knew God wanted to use him as a channel to bless His people. It was not for David’s sake that he was lifted up, but for the sake of His people Israel.

c.       David fights old enemies and gets the victory- v. 17-25

d.      V. 19 and v. 23- After the first victory over the Philistines, David was wise enough to wait on the Lord before the second battle. It is easy for many in the same situation to say, “I’ve fought this battle before. I know how to win. This will be easy.” David always triumphed when he sought and obeyed God.

e.      Baal perazim- the lord of burstings out, a reminder of how God broke through the enemy. The Lord of the breakthrough!


·         Types of Christ:

o   Psalm 2:6

o   Captain and shepherd

o   King over God’s people

o   “David was thirty years old when he began to reign” (v. 4). Christ was 30 when he began his public ministry.

·         David was stepping into his purpose- how about you tonight? Are you fulfilling God’s plan for your life?

·         24- “When,” or the Divine intimation. “When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry-trees.”

·         “Then!” or human activity. “Then shalt thou bestir thyself.”

·         We are seeking revival- the divine breath of the spirit is already stirring the leaves, let us advance in prayer and expectation!