I Kings 2:28-35

Before David’s death, the old king had charged his son, Solomon, with the task of bringing justice to old crimes.  Joab was the general of David’s armies, but he was a bit of a loose canon and had killed a couple of very important people in a way that could be termed a political assassination.…

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I Kings 2:13-27

Adonijah, it would seem, was not finished with his efforts to become King of Israel. Ambition dies hard I guess. Even though he affirms with his mouth that God had given Solomon the throne (v.15), yet Adonijah is still planning and scheming to take it back for himself. He asks for Abishag, the woman who…

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I Kings 2:10-12

The death of the great king David is reported in rather matter of fact fashion.  Having established Solomon as the rightful heir to the throne, and having given final instructions to his son, David dies.  Some statistical detail is given about how long his reign lasted, the sort of stuff that we put on the…

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I Kings 2:5-9

David had been living with a lot of old wounds, things done to him or to those he loved by various individuals still alive.  These old wounds were things that David had tried to let pass, extending promises that he would not take revenge on these people, but now, in his old age, he finds…

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I Kings 2:1-4

What is the very last word you would leave with your children before you die?  The very last thing my father ever said to me was “Don’t tell the people too much or soon they will know more than you do and you will be out of a job”.  Thanks Dad.  Always the jokester right…

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I Kings 1:41-53

The reading at the end of I Kings 1 takes us all the way to the end of the chapter.  Solomon has been made the true and rightful king of Israel.  The reading for today shows us what happens when the pretender, Adonijah, hears word of Solomon’s ascension.  It is interesting that the main emotional…

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I Kings 1:22-40

Do you remember how Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey?  Did you ever wonder what was up with that?  This passage gives us some insight into why this was really a very important act on the part of our Lord. In our reading today there are two people vying to…

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I Kings 1:11-21

As we saw last week, Adonijah, David’s son, was forcibly taking over the throne of Israel before David had died.  Now the business of who was to be the next king was not a simple or easy one frequently in the ancient world.  People would often die in the process.  Nathan recognizes that this could…

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I Kings 1:5-10

As David grows old and feeble a power struggle emerges over who will be the next king.  Adonijah was, in some sense, the logical choice to be the next king.  He was David’s fourth son, but the oldest one surviving, since the first three were now dead.  Now there is a principle that is true…

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I Kings 1:1-4

Now I did not really think about this when I picked the next book of the Bible that we would be reading, but it is a very interesting experience, jumping into I Kings as we are.   Ruth finished with the birth of Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who was the father of…

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