Because the account of David’s life and family doesn’t end in 2 Samuel, we’re moving into 1 Kings to continue following this storyline.
As 1 Kings opens, David is an old man who is no longer physically strong. It’s clear that his time on earth is drawing to a close and that a new king will soon be on the throne. Without David’s knowledge, his son Adonijah elevates himself and claims the throne from David (Adonijah is the younger brother of Absalom who also took the throne from his father). It’s not a good situation.
Although David is known for being the man after God’s heart, he wasn’t perfect be any means. He made plenty of mistakes, and that’s especially evident in the area of being a father. David undoubtedly loved his children, but from what information we have, he was extremely relaxed when it came to disciplining his sons and holding them accountable for their actions. David’s choice of inaction in this area had far-reaching, serious consequences (broken relationships, division, murder, civil war) –for both his immediate family and the nation of Israel.
Think back over the past few years to a time when you were held accountable/disciplined (either by a person or God) for your actions or words? How did you benefit from this corrective action? Tami
Source: Tami’s Blog