As the books of 1-2 Samuel pass into the books of the Kings – we see as well the life/reign of King David pass into the life/reign of his son Solomon.

As in Samuel – 1 & 2 Kings was originally one book entitled “kings” in the Hebrew Scriptures. It wasn’t until the 3rd century BCE. that the book of Kings was divided into 2 books during the translation from Hebrew into Greek in the Septuagint. The records we find in these books were probably taken from the writings of scribe and prophets – whose duty it was the record the events of the royal thrones they served under at the time. Although there are some disagreements – most scholars believe these court records were combined into this collection by the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah around the 7th century.

The books of 1 & 2 kings follows the content as it’s name suggests. It begins with the death of King David – follows the life and reign of his son, Solomon – then continues through the kings of both Israel & Judah (after the kingdom divided) – ending with the invasion by Nebuchadnezzar and the removal of the Israelites into captivity in Babylon (a total period of 413 years).

Along with the intrigue of easily verifiable historical accounts within the scroll of Kings – we see several interesting beginnings and endings which seem to wrap up this section into a nice package. For example: the books begin with a record concerning King David (representative of the righteous Messiah) and ends with a record concerning the King of Babylon (representative of Satan). As well – the books open with the building of the Temple of the Lord by Solomon – and close with it’s destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

All of what we will read in these books reflects the devastation int eh lives of God’s chosen people due to their rebellion and sin. Their continued choice to ignore God’s laws and rebel against Him in sin was the direct cause tot he devastation throughout the countless generations we will follow. It will be apparent (as we read) that God is patient and merciful – tenderly longing for His people to return to Him and follow His way of life… even sending prophets to warn and implore them in this!

King David – with all of his faults – was still a man who loved God and did his best to obey Him in all things. He was recorded as a man blessed by the Lord and a righteous king. It is through his ancestral line that the future Messiah would come – and so David would forever be revered by the nation of Israel as the greatest king of their people. For us – David represents all of humanity in our weakness – as well as the powerful love God has for us. David was quick to repent when wrong – and God was just as quick to forgive.

 

A verse tucked away in the final words of this wonderful king does well to set our perspective in line with what will transpire in the pages to follow:

Keep the charge of the Lord your God, walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His precepts, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may do wisely and prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn,”1 Kings 2:3 AMP
This was David’s warning to his son Solomon (and to us all)… yet, as we shall see, even Solomon failed to follow this wise counsel…

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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