As I guess you may know we are writing from Amman in Jordan, surrounded by DAVID!
Beside where we lived last time is the ruin of a Watch Tower believed to have been used by David when he was fleeing from Saul and fighting local tribes.
The Citadel here is surrounded by the remains of a wall which is thought to be where Uriah was placed on David’s command, in order to be killled!
Now today, after reading all the lists of the last few days, we come to a very moving account of David handing over to his son Solomon, all his very detailed plans for the building of the temple. This happened in a very public way as David had called together all the people and not just Solomon for the occasion.
Have you ever put your heart into something, thought it all through in great detail, even prayed seriously, only to have the proposal rejected by those you thought you were helping? I wonder how David felt at this point at the end of his life?
While REJECTION is tough for anyone, David has some encouragement for us today.
1. He heard God ‘you are not the one. v3
2. He recognised his own worth in God’s sight. v4
3. He passed over all his detailed preparations to Solomon ( leaving it to Solomon to follow completely, in part or not at all and leaving room for Solomon’s own creativity). v10-11
4. In handing over to Solomon he acknowledged the first priority for success in leadership (and I guess for all of us) success requires obedience to God.
I found this an encouraging new way of looking at rejection and thank God for it!
However, it does for those interested in family history, anchor Jesus’ coming to earth , in the original purpose of God to rescue the human race from destruction. Abraham was just the beginning!
It is a great encouragement to be reminded that Jesus’ ultimate purpose in coming as a human being was to save us from our sins. v21. and
that He was God here with us on Earth v 23
We have much to thank God for in today’s readings.
Peter and Elizabeth