1 Kings 1:5-6
When you examine your life is there a flaw that reemerges over and over? Is there an error in judgment you seem destined to repeat? I sometimes see these patterns in my life. Yet, I ask, "How could David make the same mistake with Adonijah as he did with Amnon and Absalom? Why did he refuse to correct his children? Adonijah's actions to usurp the kingdom were identical to Absalom's (2 Samuel 15:1-15).
Though we fail to learn from our mistakes, hopefully, our children will be wiser. Solomon had his share of flaws, but it seems he learned from his father's mistakes. Several of Solomon's proverbs would have been helpful for David. Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him."
In 1 Chronicles 22:9, David told Solomon the LORD had chosen him, "Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days." Solomon had to have known of Adonijah's plans for the kingdom, but he did nothing to undermine his attempt to become king. Instead, he trusted his father and his father's LORD.
There are so many appropriate comparisons to be made between David/Solomon and Jesus, but I want to focus on one in particular. David prepared the way for the period of peace during Solomon's reign by waging war against the enemies of Israel and subduing them. Jesus, who is the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), brought peace between God and man by waging war against the enemies of God. Colossians 2:15 tells us it was Jesus Himself: "He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him." "Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Jesus Christ fulfilled the role of both David and Solomon to provide peace for the church.
Isaiah 32:14-18 describes a necessary component of the peace Jesus provides. Verse 14 describes the lack of peace, and verse 15-18 tells us, "Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high...then justice will dwell in the wilderness and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." According to Isaiah, Godly peace requires the "Spirit poured out upon us from on high."
Could you provide a better mental image of peace than this list: "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?" Doesn't a society which operates on those attributes depict the place described in Isaiah? Throw in "love your neighbor as yourself,' and that is an appealing place to live.
Galatians 5:5 affirms Isaiah 32:15, "For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness." Paul spent most of Galatians teaching what it meant for a believer to receive the promised Holy Spirit. He concludes in Galatians 6:8 by saying, "The one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." Here in chapter 5, Paul is encouraging and challenging us to live our lives under the control of the Spirit, not our flesh. The promise is life in a fallen, sinful and dark world with the fruit of the Spirit giving a foretaste of living eternally with the Prince of Peace and His Father, the God of peace.
Holy Spirit, thank You for moving the prophets to record the events of God's action among men. Thank You especially for David, a man after God's heart, yet as flawed as I am. What a beautiful picture of God's grace and patience to those as undeserving as David and myself. Thank You, Jesus, for achieving the peace of which David spoke.