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1 King 1 [Read]
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Luke 22:54-71 [Read]
Today’s OT reading contains passages of the Bible that I wish they were not recorded. The gruesome detail of the political struggle made me want to shut my eyes, and the manipulations of the people involved caused me to question their character. Nevertheless, I still believe these horrible details were faithfully recorded for our edification, and we need to go through them just as any other passages in the Bible.
The main theme of these opening chapters of 1 Kings is about kingdom transition. David was old and frail (1:1), and the Kingdom needed to search for the next King. David might have been a great warrior and a wise King, but his skill as a father left room for improvement. It was not surprising that Adonijah thought the kingdom was his (1:5, 2:15), for he was the next one in line and his father never said otherwise (1:6). Bible sometimes teaches truth in a very subtle way, and here is another great example. Let this verse be a thundering reminder to all fathers about the importance of teaching their children.
David’s indecisiveness caused other players in this politically charged situation to make their moves and choose sides. I am not sure whether Nathan’s move was divinely inspired, and I shall leave that to your own discretion. However, his maneuver along with the help of Bathsheba did force the transition to move ahead and put Solomon in the throne. For the nation of Israel, such move did eliminate much unnecessary bloodshed and turbulence.
The last charge of David to Solomon left me with mixed feelings. He began with godly counsel of “observe what the LORD your God requires and walk in his ways” (2:3), but he ended with political advice which, in my humble opinion, showed both his wisdom and personal vengeance. I believe Joab and Shimei deserved their punishments, but reading the words of David still made me shiver. I just hope that I would never be in a position to give such political advice.
Regardless how we view these chapters, the ultimate goal was achieved. “The kingdom was now firmly established in Solomon’s hands” (2:46). And this was the kingdom during which the glorious temple of the LORD was built. O Lord, help us to see the big picture of your Kingdom and trust that you shall bring the ultimate justice to all. Amen.
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