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1 Kings 1-4


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year

First and Second Kings is really one literary work B in Hebrew, just called Kings.  Jewish tradition credits Jeremiah with the composition of this book; yet, no real evidence exists in support.  There is a clear familiarity with Deuteronomy as well as other sources for the events he records:  the book of the annals of Solomon (11:41), the book of the annals of the kings of Israel (14:29), the book of the annals of the kings of Judah (14:29).  It is in Kings that an emphasis on the prophets emerges in the historical writings of the Old Testament.
1 Kings begins, as David is dying, with yet another attempted revolt – this time by Adonijah, one of David=s sons, but one who was not first in line to be his successor.  Nathan the prophet has been shown by God that Solomon (son of David and Bathsheba) is to be the next ruler of Israel.  He therefore conspires with her to make it so.
Bathsheba and then Nathan seek to manipulate David in his confused state, first pointing out that Adonijah is declaring himself as successor even without the king=s blessing, and then reminding David that his own choice is Solomon.  David is deceived (or just convinced) and calls together a prophet, a priest and a leading citizen instructing them to make clear that Solomon is to be David=s successor.
After this David instructs Solomon regarding the building of the Temple of God, and Solomon, given the choice of anything he wants from God in a dream, asks for wisdom.  God is so pleased with Solomon=s choice that He determines to give him wealth and prosperity as well.  The result of God=s answer is immediately seen in the famous decision regarding two women both claiming to be mother to the same baby.
The section concludes with an enumeration of Solomon=s court officials and the extent of his power, prosperity and wisdom.
If God offered to give you anything you wanted, for what would you ask?  In a materialistic society such as ours, so much time is spent amassing our fortunes and so little lasting pleasure produced as a result.  How important is it to you to be wise? 
Bathsheba was a party in one of the greatest royal scandals of all time, yet is allowed to be the mother of David=s successor.  Why would God use an adulteress to achieve His purpose?  Could it be that to Him we are all sinful (as it says in Romans 3:23 and 6:23) and therefore anyone who will make him/herself available to God can be used by God?
Today make yourself available to God and see what He does in your life!
A. Eugene Pearson 2011