All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king. -1 Chronicles 12:38
How did a shepherd boy named David become king of Israel? God anointed him, yet much took place in the hearts of the nation’s people to support the effort. The desire God placed in the hearts of the people of Israel was for unity.
Unity can serve as a strong motivator. In David’s case, unity led thousands of men to volunteer as soldiers in his new movement. The families of these soldiers would have likewise often been of like mind to make David king. People gave their lives for a cause worthy of their devotion–a new goal of a unified Israel under the leadership of one whose heart pursued the Lord.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.