Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I Kings 2 David's Death

I Kings 2:10 "So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. v11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem."

We have studied and practically experienced the life of a great man. He is a king that is not forgotten. We often think of the young man who was a shepherd. Then how he was angered when a giant defied the LORD and so he slew him with a rock. That is how Satan will get it, that is by THE Rock. He has already struck the death blow.

It might be appropriate to flip over to Chronicles and do a verse from there.

I Chronicles 29:28 "And he died in a good old age full of days, riches and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead."

Here is something David said when near the end:

I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Even thou he made mistakes, David got it right in the end. He knew that everything good came from the LORD.

David talked to Solomon before he died about a few things. One was to be a man. v2 The most important was to honour and obey the LORD and all his commandments. v3

Then there was the matter of some people who did David wrong and who did wrong things. They were also people that probably should not be around Solomon if his throne was to be established.

These were: Joab who was a murderer. Adonijah who tried to steal the throne. Abiathar a priest who went with Adonijah (if I remember right). Shimei, the Benjamite who cursed David when he was on the run from Absalom. There fate is told here.

The man who helped David while he was on the run was to be cared for with his sons. Barzillai, the old man who helped David cross the river, had sons whom David wanted to eat at the kings table.

So those things are taken care of by Solomon in this chapter and he is established. A new captain of the host emerges. His name is Benaiah.

v35 "And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar."

So the reign of Solomon has begun. Solomon means peaceful. Solomon built the temple. He was famous for his wisdom, given to him by God. He wrote most of Proverbs.

Proverbs 28:10 "Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit; but the upright shall have good things in possession."

Keywords: Old Old Stroy, Old Testament, Kings, Bible study, David, Solomon, Joab, Israel, Judah, Milton Southerland. Solomon reigns.

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