David was a key player in the preparation for Jesus to come and redeem
the human race. Despite all his shortcomings and mistakes, David never
got involved in idolatry. This was his strongpoint in life; he was
faithful in this manner until his death and this distinguished him from
other the kings of Israel.
suffered under a famine for three years, and when David asked the Lord
what the problem was, he was told that it was a judgment because of King
Saul had murdered certain Gibeonites, who had a covenant with Israel
established under Joshua. Instead of seeking the Lord, David went to the
leadership of the Gibeonites and they tricked him into promising
whatsoever they wanted. They wanted revenge and for seven men from
Saulís bloodline to be hung. Because of Davidís blind commitment, seven
men had to die for something they had nothing to do with.
was no longer a young man and he almost was killed in a battle. His
soldiers told him in no uncertain terms that his days of leading the
army were over. Satan had tried to destroy David many times, but the
people sent to do the job always failed. As David returned home, the
Devil influenced him to provoke God by numbering the people. Satan hoped
to make the Lord so angry that He would turn on David because it was
never about the numbers, but whether God was on your side. The scheme
failed and the Lord sent judgment on Israel and 70,000 men died because
of Davidís sin. This event greatly disturbed King David.
the end of his life David began preparing for building the temple. He
knew that God would not allow him to build it, but he could contribute
to the effort by gathering materials and finances.
was the oldest surviving son of David and legally the heir to the
throne, but David had promised Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next
king of Israel. This was known around Jerusalem and Adonijah tried to
take the throne by deception just like his brother, Absalom, had
attempted to do so.
Nathan the prophet learned Adonijah was having an inaugural banquet, he
asked Bathsheba to speak with the king and do something quickly. David
ordered Zadok the priest and his military leadership to coronate Solomon
as the next king. Everyone who supported Adonijah abandoned him when
they found out that Solomon had just been crowned.
Davidís last action on earth was to speak to Solomon about taking
vengeance on those with whom he had grievances. Joab was to be killed
even though he had protected David for more than 40 years. The uncle was
not pleased with his nephew and wanted to make sure died a violent death
and not from old age. David had publicly forgiven Shimei for cursing him
when he fled from Absalom but the reality was that David still held a
grudge and ordered his murder as well.
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell