I believe deeply in the possibility of humans making a new start. For the first dozen years of my life, my parents had their church membership in a tiny Methodist rescue mission. Services were held every evening year round. Except for a small contingent of members like my parents, the evening attendance was made up of wanderers from the street. Some of these people were homeless. Some were managing to scrape by. Most of them were, as the phrase goes, “down on their luck.”
I saw such men and women come forward at the invitation to discipleship. Not all of them held firm to their confession of faith, but some did. I saw enough miracles of transformation that I became convinced that people can make a new start. No one is so lost as to be beyond God’s reach.
Yet it is one thing to believe that an individual can make a new start and quite another to believe that an entire nation can do so. Think of how unpredictable an individual’s personality is; now multiply that personality by hundreds. The Hebrews had their faith heritage, to be sure. Nevertheless, an extraordinary miracle was needed.
Such a miracle would have to begin with a leader. That leader was David, a shepherd boy turned national hero. He was not a perfect man, but he wanted to do God’s will. In the process, by God’s grace, he began a legacy.