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Summary: The story of David appointing Solomon to the Throne of Israel was not without its own “political games.” Solomon. The third king of Israel demonstrates wisdom. our own nation needs leaders with wisdom

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The Game of Thrones- Israel’s Experience with Human Kings”

“The Wisdom of Solomon”

Our nation is in the whirlwind season of politics. Hillary’s Clinton’s campaign is always “restarting”. Her emails are in the news every day. On Thursday the New Your Times reported: If Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new apology for her private email server fails to reassure jittery supporters, it could amplify the chatter among some Democrats who have been casting about for a potential white knight to rescue the party from a beleaguered Clinton candidacy. Oh, If we only knew what was being planned behind closed doors!!! By PATRICK HEALY SEPT. 9, 2015

Donald Trump with his bombastic energy commands media attention. The polls are changing constantly. Donald Trump will fade, they say. Jeb Bush will eventually have the Republican nomination. Jeb only garners 6% in the polls. Yet he has all the “big” financial support of the establishment. Deep in the political back rooms of the Bush team will they strategize to use their money to crush the other candidates?

Will Iowans fall in love with Ben Carson? Does Senator Cruz or Carly Fiorina really have the ground game to win? Why are outsiders leading the poll? Who has the ground game that will carry to the convention? Who will drop out first? Every candidate has their PR firm, their social media game. Their political strategy. Has the Bush team made a phone call to Ben Carson and encouraged him to attack Donald Trump’s plan on immigration…

Will Joe Biden really enter the race. When walking in the Labor Day parade in Philadelphia he heard the chant “run Joe run”. Did his meeting with Elizabeth Warren mean anything? Were back room agreements made?

Welcome to the intrigue of the Game of Thrones.

The story of David appointing Solomon to the Throne of Israel was not without its own “political games.”

From our reading last week we know that Adonijah the younger brother of Absalom went behind his father’s back and made alliances with David’s number 1 general, Joab. He met in private with Abiathar the priest and confidant of David. Last week we read that Adonijah got his chariot, and runners to run through the streets of Jerusalem…chanting… Long live Adonijah the king! He has a banquet and is anointed king. David is not yet dead!

Listen to the words of Bathsheba as David lay in “hospice” care. Read I Kings 1:17-18 “condemning words. She is worried about her life, the life of her son, Solomon and whether or not they would survive the political coup.

Nathan comes in: I Kings 1:24-27 (read)32-38 (Ah notice who hold positions in David’s “secret service body guards”. Are they Israelites? No… David could not trust his own people. They are mercenaries. V 50-53 (read)

The world is looking for leadership. Maybe I should say, Americans are looking for leadership with wisdom? Is that what attracts people to the soft, thoughtful voice of Dr. Ben Carson? He did separate Siamese Twins.


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