Nov 1, 2018
David is nearing the end of his life and reign as king of Israel. And he is being forced to step in and make an announcement regarding his successor. God had made it clear that Solomon was to be David’s replacement, but Adonijah, one of David’s other sons was conspiring to have himself named the next king of Israel. But this passage isn’t just about a battle for the throne. It’s about God’s desire to have the right kind of man wear the crown. As 1 Kings 1:28-40 will reveal, there is a huge difference between being a king and fulfilling God’s expectations of being a ruler over his people. Saul had been a king, but he had been a lousy ruler. He wore the crown, but did not wear the mantle of spiritual leadership well. So, God replaced him with David, a man after his own heart who shepherded Israel with integrity of heart and skillful hands. And it was God’s desire that David’s successor be the same kind of king and ruler.