It is essential to understand the meaning of two of the major words in the Hebrew Bible. If you would better grasp what God is about and what is going on between God and Israel – make that between God and humanity – you need to grasp their significance….
Whatever else can be said about King David of ancient Israel (1040-970 BCE), he was called a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; see Acts 13:22). David is in fact the only person in the entire Bible about whom that was said. This was a major, if not the major qualification for kingship in the sight of God. Indeed, God is said to look to the heart, rather than the outer appearance to judge a person (1 Samuel 16:7).