The last words of a great leader

When we gather around a family member who is taking their last breaths, we seem to desire two things. The first is to let them know how much we love them and that will miss them. The second seems to be a need of some words of wisdom – any nugget of information that can help us live a better life.

King David, a true leader, even in God’s eyes, may or may not have had the first occasion – we don’t know if his son Solomon said anything to him in his last moments – it’s simply not documented in our Scripture. However, he did have the second occasion.

In his last moments, King David said to Solomon:

“I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God; to walk in His ways, to keep His statues, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses.” – 1 Kings 2:2-3

Sometimes, we seem to take these types of words lightly – thinking to ourselves, that makes sense, we ought to do that – it would probably benefit us to do that. What I find interesting is that not only did David tell Solomon to do this, he told him why:

“that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.” -1 Kings 2:4

That’s a pretty powerful message that God gave David. If I were to translate it: ‘Hey, if you follow Me as your King, your family will remain King for generations.’

Normally I finish my blogs with a challenge, a summary, or closing. But not this time, you decide how this one ends….

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