Summary: First of a series on Elisha. Sin actually makes life boring. Radical faithfulness to God helps us to break through to a more meaningful way of living.
SLIDE: David and Solomon
I Kings 2 is a farewell conversation between David and his son Solomon, who will be the new king.
The first half of the conversation is inspiring: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”And after an inspiring word of faith, he gives Solomon a royal hit list. “Remember Joab, Abner, and Amasa…what they did. The sons of Barzilai…you shall bring their gray heads down with blood into the grave.”
Suddenly we’re struck with the reality that despite even our best intentions, if we’re going to remain entangled with the world, we’re probably going to get our hands dirty.
I’m curious when the last time might be that you read through the books of Kings.
Solomon’s son turns out to be a fool, and where you had one kingdom, now there were two kingdoms because in his brashness he caused the people to rebel.
And so we have kings in the North and in the South, and nearly every one of their stories reads exactly the same, except a few details.
So and So, son of So and So, became King over Israel in the such and such year of King Such and Such. He did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord like his fathers before him, and caused Israel to commit great sins. Then in this year, another man rose up and overthrew him, and then the next guy began to reign in Israel.
There is also a peculiar phrase that shows up: in regard to several of these kings:
As for the other events of his reign, aren’t they written about in the Historical Records of Israel’s’ Kings?
SLIDE: “Skip a bit, Brother.”