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Saul and David Saul and David are forever linked in the study of biblical history Saul came from the lowest tribe of Israel Saul a Benjamite is recognized as the first King of a united Israel David the youngest son of Jesse was anointed by God to become the future king of Israel Both Saul and David chose different paths on the road to kingship Once they receive their power the decisions they make reflect the person they have become It is quite apparent that God chooses to favor King David over his predecessor King Saul David is Gods favorite mainly in part due to Davids piety and his undeniable devotion to the Lord Saul receives Gods blessing when it becomes apparent that the people of Israel will not rescind their demand for a king to rule over them Saul as a king takes matters into his own hands He exudes arrogance and selfishness during his reign God put him in charge of the Israelites so that the nation could become stronger Unfortunately Saul turns his back on God Unlike the future leader David Saul concerns himself with personal gain King Saul fails to heed Gods orders because his priorities are not in accord with what God demands For instance God orders Saul to destroy all of the Malekites Saul however fails to have the king killed and he decides to keep the best cattle This shows Sauls respect for kingship and his selfishness He is not obedient to God Instead he is more concerned with his own wants and needs David the successor to Sauls throne handles his kingship in a much different manner than Saul does Due to the lack of continuity with Sauls reign God decided to more carefully select the next chosen one God chose David whose piety contrasted with Sauls smugness David stressed a profound reliance on the Hebrew God David was a pious man almost to a
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