In proceeding verses in I Samuel 16
We see a father who has discounted his son, David, as a possible consideration as the future king of Israel. When Samuel, the prophet whom was sent by God himself, arrived to Jesse’s house, Jesse submitted seven of his eight sons before Samuel. As Samuel went to pour the oil on the other seven brothers, no oil would flow yet the oil flowed when David was called from the pasture shepherding the sheep. Initially, Samuel, was convinced that Eliab was God’s selected an anointed.
I Samuel 16:6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. “ But the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Jesse called his sons (Abinadab and Shammah) to come before Samuel and neither were the LORD’s chosen.
In I Samuel 17th Chapter, Jesse tells David to take food items he had prepared for his brothers and the camp to the campsite. Jesse wanted David to move quickly concerning the task. I Samuel 17:7
David arrived with the food and heard the uncircumcised Philistine, Goliath, taunting Saul, the military camp of men, and moreover God. Goliath had done this boastful taunting for days. I Samuel 17: 26 And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Elihab overheard David asking questions and immediately questioned David’s ability, motive, heart, and his faith.
(I Samuel 17: 28) 28 Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men.
And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said:
“Why have you come down?
And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?
I know your presumption and the evil of your heart,
for you have come down to see the battle.”29 And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” 30 And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.
God had already established that David was a man after his own heart yet hear is his brother, Elihab, whom berated and assonated his character and assaulted his faith stood as unfair and unjust judge regarding David.
Sometimes in our lives, even those who are close to us, grew up with us, known us all of our lives misjudge us.
Initially, David questioned his brother for the outrage he displayed. Determined and focused he would not allow his brother’s insults and interrogation of him deter his confidence in God. The primary focus was to win against the uncircumcised Philistine who taunted the armies of the Lord. David turned away and remained focused on the primary goal, to silence the tormenter.
Knowing our primary focus is key. Elihab was a distracter. Here we witness the exposure of Elihab’s heart. He was enraged and had pride laced with petty insults.
When Elihab said: And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? He questioned David’s ability in effort to minimize his capacity as a leader and man of war. The implications: You are just some shepherd boy. We are “real men “in battle.
Some familiar references to insults we have all witnessed from time to time is when people say she is just a stay-at-home mom or the stay at home mother herself has been so minimized she states she is just a stay-at-home mom. Another one she/he is just a caregiver to an ailing parent. Certainly there are more outlandish statements yet the point is to minimize the ability of a person or lessen their value or importance.
Surely Elihab had witnessed David anointed as king and knew the Lord’s hand was on him. The intent of his heart was to minimize David’s value. Scripture tells us that Elihab’s anger was kindled. Perhaps there was a long-standing heart issue against David. Maybe it was jealousy that the baby son received God’s favor for kingship versus the eldest.
In that culture it was not unusual and could be expected that “the blessings” of a natural father from God would be bestowed on the eldest son. It would have not been an unrealistic stretch for the same to occur for the eldest to be anointed for kingship.
We should be grateful that God choses us in whatever capacity and trust the calling and purpose he has on our lives.
This was the same brother in I Samuel 16, the prophet, Samuel was convinced he was to be anointed king yet God said he had a man there after his own heart and the oil would not flow until David showed up.
This was one of the seven son’s Jesse, the father, was willing to showcase to Samuel yet a consideration of David (the eight son) wasn’t a possible consideration for a kingship anointing and leave Israel in the hands and hearts of the elder brothers.
We are blessed to have parents who God placed in our lives. Whether the parents were good, whether they have/had issues, whether they were present or absent. Whether they spoke highly of us or dishonorably. Whether they build or tore down. Whether they gleamed with joy or resented us. Whether they took us to church, shared great memories or whether they forsook God and shared egregious memories. Whether their love was based on performance and condition or free flowing and unconditional. At the end of the day, God knows our heart, the intent of our heart, and purpose he has on each of us. It is God who calls us from before the foundation of the world.
For the readers who are reading this and have been counted out by their own thoughts, peers, relatives, colleagues, or whomever. God has his hands on you. Stay focused on the true tasks and do not let simple distractions elevate themselves in your heart and mind. Allow the power of God to resonate in your spirit, heart, and mind.
David became laser focused on what was at stake and disregarded the pettiness of his own brother. David soared above like an eagle with a greater perspective and vision instead of wallowing in the small-mindedness and limited view of his brothers and those who could perceive, conceive, or phantom the assurance of God.
David’s mind, heart, and desire was set to silence the enemy who defied the Lord instead of puffed up pride to defend himself. In church, we often share clichés you take care of God’s business and he will take care of yours. Scripture tells us seek the kingdom of God first and all of his righteousness and everything will be added to us. The commandments tell us to honor the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and spirit. David put the honor of the Lord first.
When we carry out and walk in our kingship anointing we get the big picture, we are able to slay giants because of our trust in, dependency on, & our relationship with God as well as the authority he provides us with.
Study References: I Samuel 16 & 17