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David was a merciful, down-to-earth, practical "Can Do" problem-solving man. Like father like son:
1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
David was hardly perfect.
1 Kings 15
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.
2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.
4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:
5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
The matter with Uriah the Hittite was that the cover-up was worse than the crime. The matter involved ulterior motives. It was a devious, insincere, self-serving "CYA" plot 180 degrees out of character for David. Yet as they say, "You can't keep a good man down." David learned his lesson. Perfect.
When we look closely at the ancestry of the only perfect Man who ever lived...
And why is that? Because it's man's definition of perfect that nobody can attain, which is then projected onto God. The serpent *is* subtle like that.
God's the one with His eye out for mercy and compassion and eager for a reason to apply it, whereas man keeps moving the goalposts. For example, a teaching that shows up around here occasionally is that worrying is a sin. Egads, talk about hopeless. Might as well give up and enjoy the chains.
Jesus showed the way, which is how to be perfect according to God's definition of perfect. It's not complicated, but good luck with that. The jig is up on all the lame "hopeless sinner" excuses.
If a lame man is forgiven and told that he can get up and walk, he lost his reason to remain on the ground begging. You'd think he'd rejoice over his restored dignity and be psyched to go out to accompish something productive. Those who have been forgiven much love much, and can't wait to give back. It's the natural result of appreciating a new lease on life.
The sunny side is the side of hope, the side of life, which is the way of the Patriarchs.
Many are the Afflictions of the Righteous
Job is the man famous for his great patience. Job passed the test ("Good job!") because he kept on keeping on when he was given every earthly reason to turn from the way into a paralyzed, hopeless sinner. It might even explain why his name is a visual pun on "job."