Today’s reading is: 1 Chr. 29; 1 Kgs. 1
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Chapter 29 begins with David’s farewell address to all Israel (1st Chr. 29:1-5).
- His final address was an appeal to complete the temple that he was not permitted to build.
- David led by example, personally donating a great fortune to the task.
- Notes on David’s attitude concerning the temple:
- The temple is not for man, but for the LORD God (1st Chr. 29:1).
- “With all my ability” does not mean that David worked by means of human effort. It means that David worked as unto the LORD with 100% effort.
- David’s financial grace gifts were a reflection of the delight in his soul (1st Chr. 29:3).
- The people of Israel followed David’s example, and responded to his delight with their own (1st Chr. 29:6-9).
- David’s prayer of thanksgiving is one of the Bible’s clearest expressions of grace—freely received and freely given (1st Chr. 29:10-19).
- David leads Israel in one final worship service before his death (1st Chr. 29:20-22a).
- David oversees the ascension of Solomon (1st Chr. 29:22b-25).
- David’s life and reign are summarized at his physical death (1st Chr. 29:26-30).
1st Kings Chapter One
- David’s dying days were times of physical health testing (1st Kgs. 1:1-4).
- Abishag was provided for the King’s comfort and warmth.
- This “medical” prescription is historically attested by Josephus, and Galen.
- During David’s weakness, Adonijah used the opportunity to claim the throne for himself (1st Kgs. 1:5-10).
- He included Joab and Abiathar in his conspiracy (1st Kgs. 1:7).
- He excluded Zadok, Benaiah, Nathan, & David’s mighty men (1st Kgs. 1:8).
- He included the king’s sons (1st Kgs. 1:9), but excluded Solomon (1st Kgs. 1:10).
- Nathan and Bathsheba agree to approach David, and obtain the succession for Solomon that David had promised (1st Kgs. 1:11-27).
- David first confirms his vow to Bathsheba (1st Kgs. 1:28-31).
- David then issues instructions to Zadok, Nathan, and Benaiah (1st Kgs. 1:32-37).
- Zadok, Nathan, & Benaiah followed David’s instructions, and anointed Solomon as King of Israel while David still lived (1st Kgs. 1:38-40).
- Adonijah’s party was notified of Solomon’s anointing, and grew quite fearful (1st Kgs. 1:41-53).