[bible1year] Devotional comments on I Kings 1

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 10 Apr 2014 11:51:51 -0000

        In chapter 24 we read of David's sin in numbering the 
people. This is another example of God permitting Satan to work so 
that the purposes of the Lord might be fulfilled.

        It was probably pride that lay behind David's desire to 
number the people. He had won a number of great victories and 
perhaps wanted to bask in the glory of his success. There was 
certainly nothing wrong with a census, since the people had often 
been numbered during the national history, but we must keep in mind 
that a census that praised man would never glorify God. The factor 
to be considered here is Exodus 30:11-16. In connection with a 
census, there was always the matter of redemption money that was to 
be given by each one numbered. A silver shekel was a reminder that 
they were the Lord's purchased possessions. Exodus 30:12 warns that 
God would plague the nation and thin out the ranks if the people 
ignored their redemption money. We will notice that this is exactly 
what happened.

        David realizes his sin in numbering the people and confesses 
the sin to the Lord, but his conviction and repentance came too 
late. God did permit David to choose his own discipline, and his 
choice showed the love and faith of his heart. He chose to fall into 
the hands of the merciful Lord, rather than into the hands of men. 
From the morning until the evening God's angel came again to plague 
the people, and in one day's time 70,000 Jews were slain. David 
cried out for the people and desired that God's hand be against him. 
However, we must remember that God had a definite cause against the 
entire nation (chapter 24:1) and was using David's sin as an 
opportunity to judge the entire nation.

        I Kings 1 begins the study of the life and reign of Solomon, 
David's son, and successor to the throne of Israel. In David we had 
a type of Christ in His humiliation, exile, and rejection; but in 
Solomon we see the Prince of Peace (the name Solomon means 
"peaceable") reigning in glory and splendor over His people. David 
made the conquests that enabled Solomon to live and reign in peace 
and prosperity.