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June 6

1 Kings 1; Genesis 1:1-48

Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage:

There is very little attention ever given to David’s legacy to Solomon, but I believe that what David left to him enabled him to become one of the great kings of the earth. In fact, Solomon is probably one of the best known kings who has ever lived.

Eason, in his New Bible Survey (Zondervan), enumerates David’s legacy to Solomon:

1. He transferred the leadership of the nation from the house of Saul and the tribe of Benjamin to Judah and established the royal house of David.…

2. He established Jerusalem as the Holy City and as the religious center and national capital for all Jews.…

3. He stamped out idolatry, practically speaking, and made the worship of Jehovah universal in the land....

4. He made conquests of many nations which paid tribute to Israel and its king. He extended the borders of the country to Egypt on the south, and to the River Euphrates on the north and east.…

7. David planned the temple, which was to exalt the religious life of the nation and the worship of Jehovah, although he was not permitted to build the Lord’s house.

8. …David had no serious difficulty in uniting all tribes under his rule and making Jerusalem the national capital.

9. At the time of David’s death, Israel was second to none in power and military prowess, and the people had a large measure of peace and freedom, as every man “sat under his own vine and fig tree.” The peace that Solomon enjoyed during his reign was a peace that had been made by David during his reign.

(J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997 ©1981 by J. Vernon McGee)

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