David fell from the Lord's favor

"King David's story is one of the saddest in all history," wrote Elder Bruce R. McConkie. (The Promised Messiah, p. 271.)

"In his youth and in the forepart of his reign as king, he was faithful and true, a man after the Lord's own heart. (1 Sam. 13:13-14.) His throne and kingdom were established with power and became the symbol of the future throne and kingdom of the Son of David. But in the matter of Uriah and Bathsheba he fell; adultery stained his soul, and innocent blood dripped from his hands." (2 Sam. 11.)Elder McConkie wrote that King David had a noble role in two respects: "First, his Seed, who is Christ, should reign on his throne forever, . . . and, second, through Christ would come the resurrection which, in spite of David's sins, would eventually redeem his soul from hell.

" I will make an everlasting covenant with you,' the Lord says to His people,even the sure mercies of David,' which mercies are that the resurrection will pass even upon the wicked. `Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people' is the promise. (Isa. 55:3-4.) In other words, if David, who committed adultery and on whose hands was found the blood of Uriah, will be resurrected, then all men should rest in the hope that they shall rise from the grave." (The Promised Messiah, p.452.)

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