1 Kings 2
-David passes away into eternity and is buried in the city of David (it is uncertain if this refers to Bethlehem or Jerusalem, 1 Kings 2:10). Before he dies, he gives a charge to be strong and manly keeping the charge of the LORD your God to walk in His ways to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses for success in all ways (1 Kings 2:2-3). If these commands are kept, the Lord will deliver on His promise David will not lack a man on the throne of Israel. David gives instruction on traitors to the throne and what to do with them. In particular, he believes in Solomon’s wisdom to vindicate adequately all the wrongs that have been done appropriately. There are some who deserve kindness and that is to be extended as well into the future, just as David had done with Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9). The rest of the chapter deals with how the executions played out with Adonijah, Joab, and Shimei, thus establishing the kingdom in the hands of Solomon (1 Kings 2:5-46). Abiathar was spared, but dismissed from being priest to the LORD in fulfillment of the LORD’s prophecy towards the house of Eli in Shiloh (1 Samuel 2:27-36).
-*Application* The establishment of God’s Kingdom in our lives takes similar eradications to the harmful sins and habits that are left over from our life in the flesh. We must take decisive action to rid ourselves of anything that sets itself up against the God of our eternal life. We live in Him once we have become saved and we make Him the only One to whom we pledge our allegiance. All other things are idols and destructive. Be strong, be a man, keep the charge of the Lord, walk in His ways, adhere to His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies. Know His Word and do not use the excuse of ignorance. Become wise in God’s sight!
Verses to Memorize: 1 Kings 2:3, 11, 46b