David had to show who was the new king

1 Kings Bible Background

05.01.2019 – Old Testament: 1Ki 1.32–37

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 1–2 on May 1, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

David grew old, and one of his sons took of advantage of that and tried to become king, but it was not Solomon and David had said that Solomon would be the next king. Therefore, David had to take public action to show the decision that he had made,

And King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! May the LORD God of my lord the king say so too. As the LORD has been with my lord the king, even so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.”

– 1 Kings 1.32–37 

This action spared Israel from dividing and warring, and it preserved the life of Solomon and his mother Bathsheba. It also secured the one whom the Lord had chosen to succeed David.

David had made a private decision, but sometimes private decisions are not enough, others must see what you have decided.


  • What decisions have you made that others need to know about?
  • Are you willing to back your private decisions publicly?

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