The Bible Collection: David
“David” begins with the prophet Samuel presenting the Hebrews with their first king, Saul, a simple farmer who, with God’s help, becomes a brave and mighty warlord. However, as Saul begins to have doubts about his mission, Samuel sets out to look for a new king, who is destined to be the young shepherd David.
David proves his worth when he defeats the mighty Philistine, Goliath, and is heralded as a hero. Recognizing David as a threat to his power, King Saul tries to have him killed. David escapes death by fleeing into exile where he amasses many supporters, and his opportunity to become rightful ruler of the Israelites arises when Saul kills himself after being defeated in battle.
Human passion, expressed in the story of David, encompasses a tale of adultery, history, murder, war, scandal, a curse, rape, vengeance, rebellion, forgiveness, death, loss, rebellion, love, lust and hope.The boy who would be king became a man after God’s own heart. He killed Goliath and was elevated to a place where he had almost everything — honor, wealth, favor with God and prosperity before man — yet jeopardized it all. He lusted for Bathsheba, fathered a child with her, and had her husband Uriah killed. Nathan the prophet rebuked him and spoke the judgment of God over him and his household: “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from thine house.” The story unfolds with unrest, jealousy, strife and division in David’s family for the remainder of his days. The pain he feels is almost excruciating when his family and the kingdom shatters — a direct result of his deliberate choice to disobey God. David is a warrior and psalmist, and the words of the Psalms come to life in a unique way as David prays, face down, for forgiveness, restoration and a contrite spirit and worships in gratitude and celebration when God grants him victory in battle. The story of this man, however, is also one of huge grace, forgiveness and second chances. David struggled with his fallen nature throughout his life, and his sincere and consuming desire to seek God speaks volumes to people throughout the ages. Biblical accuracy is woven throughout the almost 90 minutes of this film, but a fair amount of liberty is taken to enhance the story for viewers, while the foundation of the story is kept true to the original text in Scripture. The facts of the story and their portrayal are a true rendition of David’s life. However, the realism of the film may not be appropriate for younger family members, so we award this film our Dove “Faith-Based” Seal, with a caution for violence. This film is powerful and inspiring, but we strongly caution parents to consider that the film’s graphic battle violence may not be suitable for children.