Summary: David died leaving a mark in history for all of eternity to talk about and for us to learn from. We all need to leave an eternal legacy with our lives.

Lessons from David pt 7

“The Death of a King”

Thesis: David died leaving a mark in history for all of eternity to talk about and for us to learn from. We all need to leave an eternal legacy with our lives.

Texts: II Samuel 23, I Kings 2:1-12, I Chronicles 28, 29


Let us revisit a few passages I Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.’

Today’s texts are going to share with us the last words David shares before his death.

Famous last words from:

• Now comes the mystery.

o Who: Henry Ward Beecher evangelist, d. March 8, 1887

• I’m in the hands of Jesus…

o Who: Tammy Faye Messner [Bakker]

o Note: As told by her husband Roe Messner on CNN’s Larry King Live. Roe was with Tammy Faye at the moment of her death.

• Oh God, here I go!

o Who: American boxer Max Baer

• [Asked by Mrs. Clark if he knew what day it was.]

"Oh, yes; it is the glorious Fourth of July. It is a great day. It is a good day. God bless it. God bless you all. [He then lapsed into unconsciousness. He awakened later, and mumbled] Thomas Jefferson…"

o Who: John Adams

o Note: John Adams died on July 4, 1826. He is often quoted as having said "Thomas Jefferson still survives." with some depictions indicating he might have not expressed the entire statement before dying, i.e.: "Thomas Jefferson… still survi—", but some research indicates that only the words "Thomas Jefferson" were clearly intelligible among his last. Adams did not know that Jefferson, his great political rival—and later friend and correspondent—had died a few hours earlier that same 4th of July, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence

• I have lived as a philosopher, and die as a Christian.

o Who: Giacomo Casanova

• Ay Jesus.

o Who: Charles V, King of France, d. 1380

• It’s very beautiful over there.

o Who: Thomas Edison

o Note: Spoken to his wife as he lapsed in and out of consciousness. There is debate over if he meant the afterlife, or the view from his window.

• I’ve always loved my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, and I’ve always loved my country. I want to go. God, take me.

o Who: Dwight D. Eisenhower

• Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will all meet in heaven.

o Who: Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States

• "Is it the Fourth?" [Doctor Robley Dunglison: "It soon will be."] "I resign my spirit to God, my daughter to my country."

o Who: Thomas Jefferson

o Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. This was the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, which was written mostly by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s great political rival, John Adams—later a correspondent and friend—died the same day a few hours later.

• Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!...

o Who: Joan of Arc

• Amen.

o Who: Pope John Paul II

• Be sure to play "Blessed Lord" tonight — play it real pretty.

o Martin Luther King Jr.

• Good-bye, good-bye all. It’s God’s way. His will, not ours, be done.

o Who: William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, assassinated in 1901

• May God never abandon me.

o Who: Blaise Pascal

• Lord help my poor soul.

o Who: Edgar Allan Poe

• I’m going to go be with Gloria now.

o Who: Jimmy Stewart, speaking of his late wife

• I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be into a vault in less than two days after I am dead. Do you understand me? ["Yes," replied Tobias Lear, his secretary.] ’Tis well. I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.

o Who: George Washington, first President of the United States (he had a fear of being buried alive)

• The best of all is: God is with us.

o Who: John Wesley

• Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.

o Who: Mother Teresa (Sept 5, 1997)

o Notes: Sister Nirmala Joshi recalled, "Just hours before her death, Mother Teresa spoke about the Little Flower, St. Therese. She has just been declared a ‘Doctor of the Church’ by Pope John Paul II. Her last words are: "Can you imagine, for doing little things with great love, the Church is making her a Doctor, like St. Augustine and the big St. Teresa! It is just like Jesus said in the Gospel to the one who was seated in the lowest place: "Friend, come up higher." St. Therese’s last words were quite similar, "Oh, I love him; my God, I love you".

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