Have you ever heard of King David? What do you remember about him?


The Bible is not a story about you and me. It is the story of God and his hero that he will send to save us all from our sins. This hero is called the Messiah. “Messiah” is a Hebrew word that means “anointed one.” In the Old Testament two different people were anointed with oil – priests and kings. God’s Messiah will be a priest and a king. He will connect people to God like a priest, and he rule the people like a king.  

But here’s the big problem: in the Old Testament no person was allowed to be BOTH a priest and a king. Priests and kings had to come from two different families. Priests were from the tribe of Levi, and kings were from the tribe of Judah. But then came king David. In the book of 1 Samuel we can read about David being anointed as king over Israel:

1 Samuel 16:13. Then Samuel took the oil and anointed [David] in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.

King David was a king from Judah who acted like a priest from Levi. Sometimes he would wear the priest’s clothes and offer sacrifices to God on an altar like a priest. David was part priest and part king. But was David God’s Messiah? No. Why not? Because he was just as sinful as everyone else. David needed a messiah just like everyone else. But if David is not our hero, who is?

Jesus is! Jesus is both the perfect priest that we need and he is the perfect king that we need. He forgives our sins connects us to God, and he rules over our hearts.

Did you notice what happened to David when he was anointed? The Spirit of God rushed upon him. David had the Holy Spirit. Jesus had the Holy Spirit too. And guess what? When we choose to trust Jesus as our Messiah, our priest-king, we get the same Holy Spirit to love us and lead us too! And that is good news!

Because of Jesus we have been rescued from sin and been given the Holy Spirit.

With Jesus we can be priest-kings like Jesus too.


Listen to the song Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin together.


Jesus, you are my Messiah, my priest and my king. You are the hero that rescues me and leads me. Help me to listen to you and serve you every day. Amen.

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