2 Samuel describes how God brought the private anointing of David as king (1 Sam 16:1–13) to public fulfillment. However, David’s rise to power over all the tribes of Israel was anything but smooth. Violence, politics, and intrigue lined the way.
David was far from a perfect king. 2 Samuel records his murder of the noble Uriah to cover up his adultery with Bathsheba and the political chaos that followed. Though David suffered consequences of his sin, God continued to watch over him and preserve his rule. Kingship was central in God’s plan for his people. God’s commitment to David points beyond David and his immediate descendants to a distant son, Jesus Christ. The NT both begins (Matt 1:1) and ends (Rev 22:16) by focusing on Jesus, the Eternal King, as the descendant of David.