David and Goliath
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David qualifies as an epic hero because of his penitence to Lord, his bravery in battle and for his civil leadership skills over Israel. Because of this he won the battle over the fierce, intimidating, and skilled warrior named Goliath. Stood up to Goliath with the courage of the Lord, when no other would volunteer and manifesting Israel to make the people believe that they did have a God. He one multiple battles in the hand of Lord and never disobeyed the Lord's commands. He acknowledged his sins and repents to Lord for forgiveness. David starts his repentance to Lord for the first time in Samuel 2 Chapter 12 verse 13, by saying to Nathan "I have sinned against the Lord." Then Nathan answers David by saying "The Lord on his part his forgiven your sin: you shall not die. But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die." This is when David has impregnated Bathsheba with a bastard child while her husband, Uriah, was fighting for David on the battle lines and refused to leave his fellow soldiers to do as King David demanded.
David is to give it some thought and make a judgment. Out of the three choices David chose to have a three-day pestilence in his land. When the angel was going toward Jerusalem to shed the horrible plague upon it the Lord stated to the angel in Samuel 2, Chapter 24 verse 16, "Enough now! Stay your hand." This is where David sees the angel who was destroying his people and repents for the third time. David cries out to the Lord in Samuel 2, Chapter 24 verse 17, "It is I who have sinned; it is I, the shepherd, who have done wrong. But these are sheep; what have they done? Punish me and my kindred." This is when the Lord informs David to "build him an altar at the floor of Araunah the Jebusite." David of course did as the Lord commanded for him to do and built the Lord an altar, for David never once disobeyed any of the Lord's commands. David refers to the Lord for many of successes and believes that the Lord will give whatever destiny he anticipates. When David was first anointed and is sent out by his father, Jesse, to deliver grains and loaves of bread to his three eldest brothers in battle is when David begins his courage in the Lord's passage.
Similar to it stating in 1:17:47 "All this multitude too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves. For the battle is the Lord's, and he shall deliver you into our hands." When the Philistines hero was perished and they began to scuttle it stated 1:17:52 "Then the men of Israel and Judah, with loud shouts, went in pursuit of the Philistines to the approaches of Gath and to the gates of Ekron, and Philistines fell wounded along the road from Sha-araim as far as Gath and Ekron." At that point David showed the people and soldiers of Israel that he was a warrior in the midst of tremendous courage and battle skills like no other but unfortunately Saul became very jealous of that. David was truly an epic hero not for his sins but for all of the battles he won for his people, the land and the Lord. He also remained very different from other kings like Saul many ways for instance he could recognize his sins and pray for the Lord's forgiveness. These are the reasons why I believe the people of Israel saw David as an epic hero.
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