1 Kings 1-4 (The Daily Walk Bible).

When David is dying, we see the intrigue that surrounds the throne. Solomon becomes king, and shows why that’s a good thing almost immediately. He asks for wisdom, and God not only grants him wisdom, but riches and honor as well. Through his wisdom he speaks 3000 proverbs, and we are fortunate to have some of them today!

David also does two things on his deathbed. First, he tells Solomon to obey God. Then he asks Solomon to settle some scores. But is that all that is going on here? We need to realize that David was helping Solomon to consolidate the kingdom around his leadership by getting rid of potential obstacles. It’s not simply revenge , although David does seem to have that on his mind! However, it’s important for us to understand that we need to be careful in our own lives to not harbor grudges and bitterness, for they are like poison to our souls.

James 3:14-18 “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

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