1 Samuel 16:1 - 23
ESV - 1 The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." And the Lord said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.
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I would say that David was, first and foremost, a king. He was not a "full-time" prophet (meaning literally one who speaks on behalf of God) in the same way that the authors of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, or individuals such as Elijah or Elisha, were. However, his writngs contain passages that, although written in the context of David's current situation in his own life, were also a clearly inspired prophetic description of future events. I am thinking particularly of Psalm 22, with its many aspects that were fulfilled in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Christ. (Jesus even repeated the first verse of that psalm while hanging on the cross, as noted in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34.)
David, I'm sure had prophetic abilities and could foresee many things, but he's a king and under CHRIST he will always be a prince. Ezekiel 37:24-25 shows us that David shall be under CHRIST as second, as a prince. In the KINGdom to come (1,000 year reign) It will be CHRIST as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS, and then it will be King David as prince, and after him the 12 apostles sitting on thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28) 1) CHRIST 2) King David 3) 12 Apostles 4) 144,000 from all the 12 tribes (Revelation 7) This will be the ruling class.
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