Kings starts with lots of politics over the succession to David who is old and weak.
God is only referred to late in the chapter when David finally speaks and names the God who saved him from every adversity as the source of Solomon’s entitlement to be named the true successor.
The old warrior poet hit just the right note to bring authority into the room. That David got to be an old man is a wonder of God’s power.
Then as Solomon is crowned and anointed a servant Benaniah calls down a blessing, that God will make Solomon’s throne greater than David’s.
So Kings starts on a high, with the chosen nation within God’s plan. God’s choice of king, not the oldest which human succession would appoint.
And I start at a point of self exploration. I’ve been re reading a lot of the entries of this blog to do summaries, and wondering at 55 years of age and 2 years into my job what a “next” might be, if there is one, and what are my priorities.
My expections for kings are low. I’ve been putting off reading it. I recall it as a repetitive and sad book. But I had forgotten about Solomon.
Will my spiritual journey and the arbitrary discipline for reading God’s word I have set myself connect? Find out in the next thrilling episodes!
… And bless this undertaking, father!