Judah’s reign of kings first started with Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. He originally ruled over the 12 tribes of Israel, but the Israelites decided to create their own kingdom, leaving Rehoboam with the king of Judah. He was succeeded by his son Abijah. Abijah tried to reunite the kingdoms, but was unsuccessful in his attempt. Asa, Abijah’s son, was considered the first good king of Judah. He brought back the worship of God, and tore down the idols of Judah. Jehosaphat followed up from Asa and was another good king. His son, Jehoram decided to marry King Ahab from Israel’s daughter.
David was the second king of Israel. His life starts as the youngest child to Jesse. As such, he would usually stay home. However, one day David was sent to his older brothers, possible to bring them food or to check up on them for their father. King Saul, the first king of Israel, sent out his army many times to fight against the Philistines. While at the camp, David hears a giant Philistine issuing an ultimatum and offers to fight him. David chooses a sling and five stones to defeat the Philistine, and succeeds with his weapon and faith in God. The Israelites win a great victory when David defeats Goliath. So, as the relationship of David and Saul, David was a musician for Saul whenever a distressing spirit comes. But after David killed Goliath, Saul became jealous of David, and even attacks David in his palace. Jonathan was David’s friend, and Saul’s son. David tells Jonathan that he needs to flee. Jonathan is skeptical, but helps David and his efforts to escape.