David’s House


“In order to secure this much-desired location, the Hebrews must dispossess a remnant of the old Canaanites. King David called for men to besiege and take the city of Jebus from their heathen enemies. A large force gathered at the command of the King, and David left his throne, and his armies surrounded and took the city, and the capital of Israel was moved to Jebus. This heathen name was changed to the City of David, and it was afterward called Jerusalem, and Mount Zion. “And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.”

Tyre was a rich city on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and Hiram, king of Tyre, sought the friendship of Israel, and rendered them assistance in various undertakings. Hiram “sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house. And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.”

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all the tribes of Israel, they “came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.” The Philistines marshaled an immense force, hoping again to bring Israel into subjection. They spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. “David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord bade David go up, and promised to deliver the Philistines into his hand."

ST June 22, 1888,