A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
David begins making serious plans for the Temple.
He calls together the leading officials of his kingdom: officers of the tribes of Israel, his own administrative core, and his heirs. The differences between this account and that of the writer of Kings in describing the transition from David to Solomon are notable: the age and serious physical condition of David at the end of his reign (see 1 Kings 1:1-4), the problems, including treason, he had with his sons, the plot of Bathsheba and Nathan to secure the succession for Solomon are completely omitted. In this account, the necessity of sending someone else to anoint Solomon king because of David's failing health is not mentioned; rather, the king goes himself.
It must be noted that the writer of Chronicles is far more interested
in the Temple and in religious matters than in the government. His point is to show how carefully everything is done to build God's Temple and the relationship between God and His people afterward.
After explaining why he cannot build the Temple himself (he is a warrior and has shed blood
), David goes on to make clear his own choice of Solomon
as his successor. Yet even this is done so the work of temple-building can be carried out smoothly B that is the focus of David's entire speech. When he speaks to Solomon before all the people, David uses the words spoken to Joshua by God as he was replacing Moses (Joshua 1:6), but adds "and do the work"
alluding to the work of building the Temple.
After David explains his own commitment to this building project and the money he has dedicated to its completion, all the people follow suit, giving freely and wholeheartedly
David then offers a prayer of dedication,
not so much for his son, but again for the building project. The next day, all the people acknowledge Solomon as the successor to David, and subsequently, David dies.
Have you come to the point in your life where you know
what your primary goal for the rest of it is? As you think about your future and plan for your own eventual death, does God have a significant place in those plans?
David left a considerable part of his wealth for the building of the Temple
, and, by extension, God's Kingdom. What provision have you made, in your will, for example, to further God's Kingdom?
Today decide to do something about the rest of your life
: set some priorities; pick some targets ... and remember to include God in all you do.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011