After David’s unsuccessful attempt to find safety in Gath, Second king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More takes his parents to Moab to save them from Saul’s revenge.
David’s ancestry comes center-stage in his attempt to keep his natal family safe from Saul’s revenge. David sought to leave his parents with the king of Moab for safe-keeping while he continued to flee from The first king of Israel More. Moab was a natural choice because Jesse – David’s father – was the grandson of The great-grandmother of David More the Moabite (Ruth 4:18-22). Jesse could probably recall his grandmother’s accent and stories about growing up across the Jordan from Judahite tribal holdings. We should not think that even royal lines were “purely” Israelite. Indeed, Jesus’ Genealogy involves the study and tracing of families through the generations - in short, family history. One genealogy in Genesis traces the nations descended from Noah. In the New Testament Matthew traces the ancestry of Jesus back to Abraham, while Jesus' genealogy in Luke goes... More notes several non-Israelites (all women) in his ancestry as well (A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples More 1:1-16, especially verses 3, 5 and 6). David’s family’s Moabite heritage proved incredibly helpful, as they found safety from Saul in Moab.