Symbol of God’s Presence

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

The tribes of Israel came to David. “We are your kinsmen. Saul was our king, but you are the one whose military leadership preserved our nation and we want you to be king. We believe that it is a calling in the name of God (perhaps) that you should be our shepherd.” There and then, at Hebron, a covenant was established between David and his kinsmen making David king. At the time David was 30. He ruled from Hebron for 6 1/2 years before moving his capital to Jerusalem. From there he ruled for 33 years, making his reign last a total of 70 years. Jerusalem was built up during his reign and became known as the city of David. David’s power and prestige continued to grow, and he became a symbol of God’s presence with the people.

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