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Week 16 Day 7
The reign of king David was the high point for the nation of Israel
from that point
A thousand years after David's death
Jesus was referred to as David's son.
David rose from being a shepherd boy
to become the king
of a respected nation
He experienced many extremes in his lifetime
poverty and wealth
danger and security
sin and repentance
exile and homecoming
defeat and victory
retribution and mercy
fear and faith
scarcity and abundance
war and peace
despair and celebration
solitude and multitudes
weakness and strength
injustice and fairness
youth and age
Throughout it all, David loved God
and proclaimed -- the Lord is my shepherd
my rock and my salvation
THE END OF AN ERADavid instructs his successor, Solomon; then David dies. I Kings 1 & 2
1Now David was old, and they put covers on him, but he
could not get warm. 2His servants said to him, "Let a young
woman, a virgin, be sought for the king, and let her care for you,
and lie in your bosom, that the king may be warm." 3So they
sought throughout Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite,
4She cared for the king; but the king did not know her.
5Then Adonijah (the brother of Absalom) exalted himself,
saying, "I will be king"; and prepared chariots and horsemen,
and fifty men to run before him. 7He conferred with Joab
and Abiathar the priest, and they helped Adonijah. 8But Zadok
the priest, Benaiah, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the
mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.
11Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon,
"Have you heard that Adonijah has become king, and David
does not know it? 12Let me give you advice, that you may
save your own life and the life of your son. 13Go immediately
to David and say, 'Did you not swear to you maidservant,
saying, "Assuredly Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall
sit on my throne"? Why then has Adonijah become king?'
4Then while you are still talking, I will confirm your words."
15So Bathsheba went 16and bowed and did homage to the king. Then David said, "What is your wish?" 18She said,
"Adonijah has become king, and you do not know about it.
19He has sacrificed oxen and fattened cattle and sheep in
abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king, Abiathar
and Joab; but Solomon your servant he has not invited.
20The eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them
who will sit on the throne. 21Otherwhise it will happen,
when the king rests with his fathers, that I and my son will
be counted as offenders."
29The king said, 30"Assuredly Solomon your son shall be
king after me. 32Call Zadok, Nathan and Benaiah." So they
came. 33The king said to them, "Have Solomon my son ride
on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. 34There let
Zadok and Nathan anoint him king over Israel; and blow the
horn and say, 'Long live King Solomon!'"
1David charged Solomon, 3"Walk in God's ways, keep
His statutes and commandments, as it is written in the Law
of Moses." 10And David rested with his fathers. 12Then
Solomon sat on the throne and was firmly established. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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