Solomon is Confirmed King

The thief on the cross was justified without any works. All he did was sin for 40 years. He’s dying with no chance to do anything else. This man repents and crys out for mercy without any explanation for where it all came from. And Jesus says, “I’ll see you i … More

Confirmation

When Nathan had entered the room, Bathsheba had evidently left the room as was customary in that oriental culture. David called for her to return and repeated the promise that Solomon, Bathsheba’s son, would succeed him as king and sit on the throne that God had promised to bless.  With gratitude for his granting her request Bathsheba bowed before her King.

The quick and firm response of David shows that even though he was weak in body he was very strong in mind and will. He issued a series of commands (vs. 28, 32-35) and soon had a serious situation under control. Solomon was to ride on David’s mule (v. 33) to Gihan which was a spring west of Jerusalem. At Gihan both Nathan the prophet and Zadok the priest were to anoint Solomon and the official trumpet was to be blown (v. 34). This ceremony symbolized the coming of the Spirit of God on His chosen leader through the pouring of oil on his head.

Following this, the leaders had been instructed to return up Mount Zion to Jerusalem and place Solomon on David’s throne (v. 35). This was the ultimate proof of his election and Solomon was to commence his rule at that moment. The speed with which David acted saved the day for Israel. This was a glorious day and the people celebrated so enthusiastically that the ground shook.

Application

When I see something taking place that I know is contrary to God’s will do I step in and get involved or do I just keep quiet?  Think of what might have happened if Nathan had not gotten involved.

I Kings 1:28-40 (English Standard Version)

Then King David answered, "Call Bathsheba to me." So she came into the king's presence and stood before the king. And the king swore, saying, "As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity, as I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel, saying, 'Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,' even so will I do this day." Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and paid homage to the king and said, "May my lord King David live forever!" King David said, "Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." So they came before the king. And the king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, for he shall be king in my place. And I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah." And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, "Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, say so. 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." So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David's mule and brought him to Gihon. There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, "Long live King Solomon!" And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise.

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