1 Chronicles 23-25: Passing the Torch

1 Chronicles 23 begins in this way:

When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites.

What follows is 3 chapters chronicling the division of the Levites and priests for service in the temple, but I want to focus on one part of these 2 verses. Notice that David made Solomon king before he died. In every other kingly succession in the Bible (of which I am aware) the new king does not begin his rule until the previous king has died. But in the last years of his life, David makes Solomon king. What an example of humility! The perils of pride for the king of a nation are greater than anything that any of us have faced. This will become more and more evident as we read about wicked king after wicked king throughout the rest of the Old Testament. So to see David, the God-appointed king, hand the throne to his son, should be of great encouragement to us. We do not, and will never, have the prestige of king David. We have no possession that is any where near as valuable as a kingship. Yet God has given us “the mind of Christ” to act humbly, considering others more significant than ourselves. David’s example reminds us to hold our possessions loosely, being ever willing to part with them for the sake of another and the glory of God.

David’s humility reminds us to look to Christ. He gave up not an earthly throne, but a heavenly one, and not for the sake of a beloved son, but for the sake of those who hated His name. Yet we have been raised with Christ, and we are seated with Him. We have been given a kingship in the kingdom of heaven that is infinitely more valuable than that of Solomon or David. Their kingship was just a shadow of the reign of Christ in the eternal kingdom, but it is also a shadow of our co-regin with Christ that we will receive at the end of this world. We are His co-heirs, recipients of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and, because of the atonement made for our sins, we are beloved sons of God.

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