Joy in our King
1 Kings 1:38-48
Verse 40 And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
While not a prophecy, this story about the transferring of the throne from David to Solomon gives us a picture of the kingship of God and the future of His kingdom. Of course we are in no way equating David with God but we are going to see one of the many times that God uses history to point to His greater plan.
If we were to read the entire chapter of today’s passage (and please be encouraged to do so) we would see an aged King David knowing that his time on this earth is limited. He also knows who should succeed him. The problem is that one of his older sons has decided he is taking over for dad and figures as long as he is putting himself forth as the king, dear old dad won’t tell him no because King David had never told his son no all through his growing years. He hadn’t even asked why his son would do things.
The prophet Nathan, the same prophet who had corrected David about his sin with Bathsheba, knew that David had made a vow to Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king. Nathan goes to Bathsheba and suggests that she speak to David, reminding him of his vow. David remembers his vow to her and set the wheels in motion for Solomon to be anointed as king.
This anointing was an important part of becoming king, something that Adonijah had not sought. David was going about the passing of the throne in the way that God had set, his older son was trying to usurp the throne. This is the same kind of image we have of how Satan is trying to usurp the throne from Christ. This is the reason Jesus had to come as a baby. His dying on the cross revokes all the angles that Satan was using to try and take over. His plan of ruling the world through sin and death was squashed by Christ rising from the dead. Jesus was the chosen, anointed King of all Kings. God had chosen to bring wisdom to His people much like Solomon brought wisdom to the world in his day. And when Jesus comes again the joy will be greater than when Solomon came riding into town as the newly anointed king. The whole world will bow to Jesus when He returns. There will be no doubt that He is the King! This should bring God’s people joy because we will reign with Him for eternity!
Making It Personal
Do you understand Jesus to be your king? How often do you rejoice about His kingship in your life? What can you submit to His authority today?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you think of Jesus as a King? What do you think it means that Jesus is King? Should you obey King Jesus?
Father, we thank You for reigning now and forever. Help us to always want to surrender to Your Kingship in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.