Day 66 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 1 to 5
David, a man after God's heart - a true shepherd for his sheep
What an epitaph for a king, known for his ups and downs. A perfect picture of ordinary people promoted to the roles of leaders and shepherds in God's kingdom.
David's biography is disturbing sometimes as God never sugar coated any of his sins. This makes David's faith at all times, his joy in his afflictions and his trust in God (even when he faced the consequences of his sin) even more beautiful: if David could do it, so can we.
As a leader, what stands out is that David always tried to put the welfare of his people first. A shining example graces the end of his life: he is the only recorded king in the Bible who allowed his successor to be anointed when he the king, was still alive (1 Kings 1:32-35).
Why did he do this?
1. The eldest surviving son normally would be king on his father's death so Adonijah had the right to claim the throne (2 Sam 3:2-5). But the Lord had told David that Solomon (who God named as Jedidiah or Beloved of the Lord(2 Sam 12: 25) would succeed him (1 chronicles 22:9).
David knew that he was too old to reign. He has already survived a coup attempt by Absalom which ended in a disastrous civil war (2 Sam 15 to 20). So he allowed Solomon to reign on his throne, as he wanted his sheep to know only peace and not strife caused by him and his family.
How many shepherds or leaders are willing to let go of our earthly rights and our ego in order to promote peace?
When David gracefully let go of his power, Solomon responded with love and wisdom in resolving the civil unrest in his family.
Let us pray that in whichever position of power God places us in, we be true shepherds, safe guarding not our interests but only those of the sheep in our care. Stay blessed.
🍇Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
1 Kings: 3 : 9 "Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people"
King Solomon loved the Lord and followed the footsteps of his father in keeping God's commandments. King Solomon worshipped the Lord in Gilbeon along with his officials. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on the altar there.
⚡ The Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Ask what I shall give you"
Even in his sleep, Solomon had thought about governing his people, with discernment So he asked for a wise mind to govern the people, and the ability to discern between good and evil. His desire was not ego-centric, but people-centric. This is the outcome of
⚡ George Washington, the first American President said, " it is the duty of all for nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favour"
⚡ God honoured the simple desire of Solomon and granted a wise and discerning mind and said "none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give also what you have not asked, both riches and honour, so that no other kings shall compare with you all your days." Paul says, "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work with in us" ( Ephesians: 3:20 )
Here Solomon was granted far more abundantly than he asked or thought. His walk with God enabled him to pray for things that
🔥How systematic is our walk with God and reading of the Bible ? What will be our state of mind after the 240 days Bible reading programme is over? How unselfish are we in our prayers ?Do we still pray only for our family needs? Have we ever prayed for
others' welfare and spiritual needs? This is a time for an introspection. Please do it.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
The book of kings begins with David's fourth son, Adonijah making an attempt to usurp the throne without David's knowledge. However, he fails to succeed because of a timely move made by Nathan the prophet, 1 Kings 1:11-14!
It didn't seem that Adonijah learnt anything from the example of Absalom's sad ending! This was perhaps, because his father David, never corrected him about anything, vs 6! It is also interesting to note that both Joab, and Abiather the priest, supported him in this endeavour of his! Perhaps, they felt that, apart from the son of Abigail, Nabal's widow, it was Adonijah who should have rightly succeeded his father David. However, for some reason, David felt that Solomon was more eligibIle than Adonijah! Perhaps, if Adonijah would have spoken to David directly about the same, then that would have been the right way of doing things.
It is always better to confront authority directly about the things that we feel that they are not doing right, concerning ourselves or others, instead of backbiting about them. If we can't confront them directly then it becomes wrong to 'character assasinate' them before others in their absence. However, if we still feel that they are wrong and yet refuse to listen, then it would be right for us to take along some mature witnesses before whom we can prove our point, and if they still don't listen, even though the witnesses agree with us, then we could bring the matter before the whole Church. This is the right way of doing things according to Mathew 18:15-17. The very fact that Adonijah did things subtly and Joab and Abiather joined him even after knowing this, proved that there wasn't something right about their approach in this matter. On the other hand, Prophet Nathan and Bathsheba, the Queen, went about ensuring that Solomon became King, through the right source, and they prevailed as a result! Leaders may not always be right, but they must be approached as Esther and Mordecai did, and backed by prayer, God's Word, and godly character, in order to get the best results!
Before David died, 1 Kings 2 tells us of the advice that he gave to his son Solomon concerning how Solomon should deal with certain people. It is sad to see David encouraging Solomon to deal rashly with Shimei, the son of Gera, even though David showed such large heartedness towards him, before Abishai, 2 Samuel 16, and also openly forgiving Shimei, when Shimei personally came before the king, bowing down before him and confessing his sin, and pleading for forgiveness for cursing the king when the king was fleeing away from Absalom, 2 Samuel 19:19,20! 1 Kings 2 :10, records this to be the last thing that David did before his death! Yes, we need to check our hearts to see whether we verbally forgive others just for honour, while keeping grudges against them in our hearts! Mark 11:25,26 reminds us that before we pray, we need to forgive others, while Mathew 18:35 confirms that this should be done from our hearts.
For if we don't, this could be the cause of unbelief or lack of faith towards God when praying, Mark 11:22-23; and why we are tormented, and lack peace of mind, Mathew 18:34, many times in our lives! May we seek God for grace to settle issues with authorities in the right manner, as well as, forgive our fellowmen from our hearts, so that Satan may not take advantage of us, and we can have faith for getting answers to our prayers, as well as, have peace of mind at all times!
Son of David builds the Temple (1 Kings 2 - 6)
King Solomon had the intention to build a temple for the name of the Lord instead of temple for the Lord. There is a reason to it.
In 2 Chr.2:6 Solomon says, "Who is able to build a temple for the Lord, since the heavens, the highest heavens can not contain him.? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?"
Act.17:24 says, "the Lord of heaven and earth does not live in temples built by hands"
From the above verses we can infer that God does not dwell in the temple built by stones and only the name of God can he praised and glorified in such temple. His name is his character and his attributes
The Lord told David that instead of him, his son chosen by him to sit on the throne will build the temple for the name of the Lord. Though this pointed to Solomon at that time it pre-figuratively pointed to Jesus Christ as the son of David who would be given the legal and inherited right to be King, will build the temple for God.
This was further foretold in Zac.6:12-13." Here is the man whose name is the Branch and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord" , written 400 yrs after Solomon and 500 yrs before Christ came. Jesus Christ is the chosen one to build the temple for God.
How does Jesus build the temple?
Temple of God is being built by Jesus through his death and resurrection as told by him in Jn.2:19. This temple is made up of the Church.
Like people who helped build Solomon's temple included some Israelites and a vast number of non-Israelites God's temple today is made up of some Jews who believe in Jesus and a vast number of gentiles of every nation as given in 1Pet.2:5 " you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Thus we are the temple of God and Christ as the son of David chosen to build this temple by his death and resurrection where God is willing to dwell.
Praise the Lord Immanuel come and be born in our hearts for us to be your temple and to offer spiritual sacrifices. Amen
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