April 12, 2021
Daily Reading: I Kings 1-2
I Kings 2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
The golden age of Israel begins. Under the leadership of David, Israel was a warring nation. Under the leadership of Solomon the nation is largely at peace and is prosperous. In I Kings four important events take place.
David's life ends. The reign of Solomon is recorded. Elijah is introduced. Israel falls into decay and is divided, all because of nationalistic greed, jealousy, pride, and sinfulness.
The transfer of power from David to Solomon was not without a problem. Adonijah was Solomon's older brother, since Absalom was dead, he was the next in line for the throne which he boldly claimed and moved to secure. But Bathsheba would have none of that. She devised a plan to safeguard the throne for Solomon which she carried out successfully. Adonijah must have been a man of increased arrogance and it ultimately cost him his life.
By the end of chapter two the kingdom was fully established in the hand of Solomon. For the next ten chapters let's follow the life and reign of King Solomon. Perhaps the wisest man the world has ever known, but not wise enough to keep himself from falling. Stay tuned!
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.