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The Last Stand of David

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-04-10 (화) 09:07 조회 : 215
설교일 : 2018.04.08
설교자 : Rev. Taegyu Shin
본문말씀 : 1 Kings 1:1-4

April 8, 2018

 

The Last Stand of David

1 Kings 1:1-4

 

Rev. Taegyu Shin’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

I want to share a humorous story about ‘someone not wanting to go to church’. On a Sunday morning, a mother was trying very hard to wake up her son so that he could go to church. After trying some more, she asked him, “Why don’t you want to go to church?” He replied, “On Sunday mornings, I want to sleep to my heart’s content.” She said, “Sunday is the day you have to go to church, not to sleep in.” He gave more reason; “People don’t like me there.” The mother replied; “You are going to church to meet with God, not people.” He gave one more reason; “The Elders pray too long.” Then, the mother admonished him; “Wake up, my son! Pull yourself together, you are the Senior Pastor!”

 

This funny story shows us that even pastors don’t feel like going to church sometimes. A pastor confessed that because he was the pastor, he was able to maintain his faithful life. In other words, if he were not a pastor, he would have gone astray in his life of faith.

 

This reinforces the belief that our life of faith should follow the will of God and sometimes against our own will.

 

How one becomes a pastor and how others become the devoted members of a church depend on the will of God, not on their own will, but all of them have the same goal in their lives; seeking for the kingdom of God and for His righteousness!

 

Today we would like to meditate upon King David, who is known as the most devout king among all the kings of Israel and a faithful servant of God.

 

David along with Moses are the most respected and David is the king who enlarged their territory the most in their history. But most of all, David is the one who expressed his love of God in many of the Psalms, which touch our hearts today.

 

Before David wrote the Psalms, God had been the one to be feared, not to be loved, and no one had confessed his love for God. The prophets and priests were called by God to do His work and only when He wanted, they were able to meet Him.

 

For the common people, they only went before God to repent their sins and they were so afraid of His wrath. They couldn’t imagine loving God.

 

But David was different. He expressed His love for God often.

 

Psalm 18:1      “I love you, O LORD, my strength.”

Psalm 84:1      “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!”

Psalm 84:10    “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

 

How did David have such a relationship with God?

 

David had been anointed by God to be the king and on every occasion of his hardships God was there for him, so David was not afraid of God’s wrath, but was certain of God’s love for him.

 

God certainly loved David. He said in 2 Samuel 7:16, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.”

 

God not only established the house of David and their throne forever, but also chose Lord Jesus to be born into the house of David as incarnate God. By this, we see how much God loved David. Thanks to David, we are now able to express our love for God without any fear.

 

Today’s passage of 1 Kings 1:1-4 shows the last stage of his life.

 

Many accounts of Israeli kings written in 1 & 2 Kings are repeated in 1 & 2 Chronicles, but this account of David in today’s passage is described only in 1 Kings. I want to go over the purposes of these historic writings.

 

1 & 2 Kings were written after the southern kingdom of Judah was defeated and the people were taken as captives to Babylon. While living as prisoners in Babylon for 70 years, the people kept asking the questions of “Why were we defeated?” “How could a nation that God has chosen be destroyed?” To answer these questions, 1 & 2 Kings delved into the faults of 42 kings of Israel and Judah and showed that no king was without fault and because of their apostasy and idol-worshiping, God had punished the people.

 

On the other hand, 1 & 2 Chronicles were written after the Israelites had returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity. To explain their identity as God’s chosen people and to restore their community, 1 & 2 Chronicles softened the images of the kings from the house of David and emphasized good things they did.

 

In short, 1 & 2 Kings wanted to show the reason for their failure through the accounts of their kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles wanted to show the good examples of their old kings for the rebuilding of their country.

 

In today’s passage, David is shown very old and in bad health. Even David couldn’t escape the old age and the limitation of life. He couldn’t keep himself warm and couldn’t sleep well because of the chill.

 

This looks like just a status report of David’s health, but it could have been symbolic of the status of the whole country of Israel. Doesn’t David’s current situation remind us of the last days of Eli the priest? He lived at the end of Judges’ reign and led Israel for 40 years and brought up Samuel, but his two sons caused a lot of trouble for him, as did David’s sons. In the end, Eli’s two sons were in charge of the ark of God during the battle against the Philistines, but the ark was captured by the Philistines, Eli’s two sons died. Eli’s spiritual apathy had brought dangerous situation to Israel.

 

Now, David’s sufferings were mainly due to old age, which spares no one, no matter how great a hero he had been. And he had a serious concern about deciding on his successor to the throne. He knew God had designated Solomon to be his successor, but he didn’t know when the time was right for the succession.

 

But, should this succession be decided by David, or by God? Israel didn’t have any king for a long time, and God had ruled the nation directly. Then, the people demanded to God through Samuel the prophet for a king, and God allowed Samuel to anoint Saul as the king of Israel. So, Saul was appointed by God to be His steward.

 

When Saul began to disobey God, God let David be anointed to be the king of Israel, even though Saul was still in power. It was up to the will of God to decide whom to raise up and whom to discard. David was the faithful servant of God, as he always consulted with God and obeyed His will.

 

For a long time afterwards, the kings came from the house of David by the will of God, but as the time went by and they inherited the thrones from generation to generation, they began to regard the throne as their private property.

 

Following the customs of his day, David didn’t think of making Solomon ascend to the throne during his lifetime, but now because of his ill health, he couldn’t control his household and his officials, along with his own body.

 

Even though David suffered from the chill, his wife didn’t do anything, but his servants chose a beautiful young Shunamite woman to take care of King David. This helped David to wake up and take charge of his affairs. He had no intimate relations with her, perhaps because he was reminded and felt guilty about his previous sexual improprieties, he could have decided to live a life of purity.

 

Then, a serious incident put David on the spot and restored him to the position of God’s steward. Adonijah, one of David’s sons, declared himself to be the next king and got the support of Joab, David’s commander of army, and Abiathar the priest. At this news, Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, came to David to confront him about his successor.

 

Now, David’s words will decide who will be the next king. In 1 Kings 1:30, He says, “I will surely carry out what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.” David proclaimed the will of God, not his own will.

 

Afterwards, everything was restored to the right place. Adonijah’s attempt to usurp the throne backfired and served to accomplish the will of God.

 

David ordered Nathan the prophet and Zadok the priest to put Solomon on David’s mule and to anoint him as the king. Later on, God came and met Solomon in person and granted all of Solomon’s requests, as God wanted to keep Israel His chosen nation.

 

If David had followed the customs at that time, which were based on the common sense and experiences, and had intimate relations with the Shunamite woman, David could have sinned again in the eyes of God. Additionally, when Adonijah declared himself to be the next king, David could have changed his mind and went along with him, but then, the history of Israel and the house of David would have been ended, like a floating dead fish.

 

A live fish has the power to survive against a strong current and a man of God seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness has the power to accomplish the will of God.

 

Reflecting upon our identity as the people of God, may we live our lives to please Him by following His will, even if it seems against our common sense and our experiences!

 


   

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설교일 : 2018.09.09
본문말씀 : John 9:1-7
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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