Solomon Anointed as King

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Inheritance

Prayers of dedication were confirmed by the offering of an enormous number of sacrificial animals (3,000 in all). Drink offerings were poured out as a sacrifice to God to acknowledge His role in providing for His people (v. 21). This was actually the second anointing of Solomon as king (vv 22-23). The first was an impromptu event which hastily occurred to counteract Adonijah’s attempt to usurp the throne (l Kings 1:32-40). The first anointing had been valid, but his second anointing was a public confirmation.

With Solomon’s succession came the recognition by the people that he was now the king in David’s stead. When Solomon took the throne, all Israel obeyed him, including all the sons of David (v. 24).  Also, David’s confirmation was apparent in the Lord’s great blessing on Solomon as he surpassed his father’s wealth and splendor (v. 25). David had been King for 40 years; 7 years in Hebron and 33 years in Jerusalem (vv. 26-27). He had been rich and respected (v. 28) and everything he did was  included in the history written by the prophets (vv. 29-30). They wrote about His powerful rule and about the things that happened not only to him, but also to Israel and the other nations.

However, David’s legacy was not his possessions but his vital relationship with the Lord and the spiritual values he passed on to Solomon. Few men or women in the Bible were as close to God as David was.

Application

Any money or power I leave to my children are far less valuable than the spiritual legacy I pass on.  I always need to evaluate what spiritual inheritance my children will receive? I only wish that my life had been a better example in many ways.

I Chronicles 29:21-30 (English Standard Version)

And they offered sacrifices to the LORD, and on the next day offered burnt offerings to the LORD, 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and they anointed him as prince for the LORD, and Zadok as priest. Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of David his father. And he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. All the leaders and the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon. And the LORD made Solomon very great in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel. Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. The time that he reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. Then he died at a good age, full of days, riches, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place. Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the Chronicles of Samuel the seer, and in the Chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the Chronicles of Gad the seer, with accounts of all his rule and his might and of the circumstances that came upon him and upon Israel and upon all the kingdoms of the countries.

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