The two books of Kings outline the history of Solomon’s line. David’s line through Solomon peters out! This is the tragedy of Solomon’s history. What did David make clear to Solomon in verses 2-4?
“So the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.”
Here we have David going the way of all things, the end of his life here on earth.
There are three murders at the start of Solomon’s rule.
Adonijah – The brother who wanted to be king instead of Solomon.
Joab – The army commander who split blood under the king’s covenant of peace.
Shimei – Who cursed and mocked and threw stones at the king when David was at the lowest point (Absalom having stolen the hearts of Israel).
Adonijah. Joab. Shimei.
They were put to death, and God’s word tells us that the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
Three men dead. But really, there are four.
David died too.
And as we read through the scriptures, the first half of the old testament particularly, we can often glaze over at the speed at which the years run by.
But that sense of speed, it can be a helpful thought to plumb – That even the best king in David couldn’t live forever. He grew old. He died.
And we know that the establishment of the kingdom did not last. Within a generation of Solomon there was a sundering (that God wrought).
So what can we say, but that we need a king that lives forever! That we need a kingdom that is established in eternity!
Praise God that we have these things in Jesus.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* God Above,
Thank You for Jesus, who is the forever king, whose kingdom shall never end.
Thank You that You have established Your word in our hearts, building Your kingdom continually through the ages, regardless of human folly.
Thank You Lord God for Your love for us.
Please open our hearts to hear what You would have us know today.
Please sink us in our selves that we might rise in You.