Week 16   Day 7


The reign of king David was the high point for the nation of Israel

            everything rises

            or falls

            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

                                                    my shield

                                                    my light. 




                                  THE END OF AN ERA
David 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
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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