David is the paradigmatic king in the Old Testament. His kingship
recalls that of Adam in the Garden of Eden, and yet it points toward the
King par excellence, Jesus Christ. In David the King, Bishop Barron helps us to understand this pivotal figure in light of the first king and the King of kings.
Adam was the first king and steward of the rightly ordered Garden of
Eden. He was called to govern the garden according to God’s mind and
purpose, but by allowing negative influences to wreak havoc on Eden, he
did not fulfill his kingly responsibility. Long after Adam, David
emerged as the definitive king who would restore order in the Garden and
bring the world under the lordship of God. But like Adam, David fell,
and his reign ushered in a succession of compromised kings and rejected
The New Testament, however, foretold a
son of David who would realize the fullness of Israelite kingship...but
whose actual reign defied expectation.
King David causes us to look back toward
Adam’s kingship and forward toward Christ the King, seeing Christ as the
fulfillment of the Davidic line and the realization of the Kingdom of
God on earth.
1) The Law of the Gift - 22:53
2) Your Servant is Listening - 21:20
3) Warrior of God - 24:06
1) Gathered in Jerusalem - 20:35
2) The House of David - 20:50
3) Absalom, My Son! - 25:27