099.2: The Rise of David; OT Lesson 22 (Study Notes) 

“The Lord Looketh on the Heart”

King David proves arguably the most complex and relatable character in the entire Bible. Stories of his life are tragically well told, and paint over a history even darker and more complex, if such a thing is possible. This episode covers David’s selection as future king, battle with Goliath, and beginning steps towards his role as the one of the most famous kings in history.

This portion covers:

2. Scholarship

  1. The complicated history behind the accounts of David
  2. Relationship of Saul and David
  3. The David and Goliath story you never knew

3. Study Notes

  1. How we talk about leaders/popular figures in Church and culture
  2. How we remember events and stories
  3. Blinders and biases
  4. Weaknesses and strengths

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Class Member Reading: 1 Samuel 9101113151617

Additional Reading: 1 Samuel 1214

Other Reading: None



Sheldon hosts and Kevin and Jody join the discussion.


You can access the Assigned Reading here (or PDF)

You can access Sheldon’s script here (or PDF)



The Reign and Legacy of King David, Discovering the Old Testament

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

A TED talk by Gladwell on David and Goliath

 Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability 

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