For the first time in 2.5 years, I have chosen not to include a series of questions with our Scripture text. If it’s the Lord’s will, the following topics will be our focus in the upcoming months . . .
- the reign of King Solomon
- the book of Proverbs
- the book of Ecclesiastes
- the book of Song of Songs
1 Kings 2:10 – 12
Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. He had reigned forty years over Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
1 Chronicles 29:26 – 30
David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. He ruled over Israel forty years—seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
As for the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, they are written in the records of Samuel the seer, the records of Nathan the prophet and the records of Gad the seer, together with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other lands.
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1. What models of generosity were you raised with?
- neither a borrower, nor a lender
- give unto others as they give unto you
- you can’t out give God
- other: ________________
2. Who gave to you last week? How did you express your gratitude: returned the favor? thank-you note? IOU? took it for granted? or something else?
3. As David nears retirement, what three things are uppermost on his mind? What fears may lurk behind those priorities?
4. What is David’s view of how a nation prospers? Of who leads a nation? What seems to be his formula for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”?
5. How does David view God?
- Privately, as his own Savior
- Corporately, as Israel’s Deliverer and Provider
- Cosmically, as Lord of the universe
6. By what gesture (rare today) do the people respond to David’s prayer?
7. What aspects of this prayer are useful to Christians today? What parts seem outdated?
8. How closely does David’s prayer follow the script you might use in a retirement speech? How would you say it differently when your “days on earth are like a shadow”? Like David, are you “without hope”? Where do you place your hope?
In keeping with the chronological structure of this blog, the next post begins a 6 week series focused on the Psalms associated with King David and his royal court. Thanks everyone for reading and studying along with me!
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1. How do you gauge loyalty to a grocery store? To a TV network? To a national football or soccer team? To your church? Are you “loyal”?
2. How does David’s use of money become a model of loyalty? To what three things is David most loyal?
3. To what top priorities are the people loyal (verses 6 – 9)? Do their hearts follow their money? Or vice-versa? Why?
4. As Solomon is still “young and inexperienced”, where is David placing his faith and gifts: in missions? bricks and mortar? people? worship? education? or something else?
5. How does David’s fundraising strategy rate against all the financial appeals you receive?
6. If outside auditors were to look over your checkbook, what would they conclude about your top loyalties? How would you like to change that?