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Series: The Survival Guide to Being Human

Sun am 20 November 2016 –  Justus Swart

1 Kings 1:1-14; 1 Kings 2:1-12; Heb. 13:8; Ps. 71:1-24

In this final session we will look the final days of David; the end of his kingship and the end of his natural life (1 Kings 1: 1-14). The battle for the throne continues. David had aged quite a lot and his body was no longer what it used to be. Israel’s fearless warrior was reduced to a shaking old man. Adonijah saw this as an opportunity to make a claim to the throne and he started gathering support.

Tip 21: All seasons come to an end: This is true in all aspects of life. Nothing in life is made to exist in a state of stillness. That would be stagnation. In nature more often than not, stagnation equals death, but movement however, is life. Nothing in all of existence is ever completely still. Looking at this story we see a number of people who are experiencing a changing of season. Firstly David was at the end of his rulership and he was also coming to the end of his natural life. Secondly there is Solomon who is the promised king to follow David. He was moving out of his co-regency and moving now into a state of ruling over Israel. Then thirdly there is Adonijah who seems to be over zealous and slightly confused. Hidden in this text there is a hidden message for those of us that are on the brink of our own transition. In nature as well as in our lives we cannot really control change. Life is movement. The only way to prepare ourselves for change is to be cognitively aware of what season we are currently in. Cognition is the process or act of knowing or the mental process of perception. Our cognition is a vital part of moving forward in life. If we are not cognitively aware of our current season, or the changing season, we will not know how to adjust our behaviour accordingly.

We can see this happening in Church history all the time. The Church, as a whole, has progressed in certain areas and yet some churches refused to move. They stand still and as a result their glorious buildings are usually close to empty. We have to keep in mind that different seasons require different behavioural patterns. Look at David in this story, he had not fully adjusted to the changing times and as a result there was no clarity for Adonijah or for Solomon. Our seasons might be a little different today, but there are so many ways in which we experience changing seasons in our natural lives. It is important to know what season we are in because our behaviour has to be adjusted accordingly. So we are continually moving from one thing to the next. Some of these times are easier than others. Some we will experience more than once, some we will never experience again. The best thing we can do is to be cognitively aware of the time we are in. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb. 13:8). The Bible gives us this incredible comfort. Jesus is the same! He is our constant, He is our anchor and He is always with us no matter which season we are in.

Our hero of the story is finally laid to rest with his fathers. Before he died, he sat with Solomon to straighten out a few things (1 Kings 2:1-12).

Tip 22: Know your immovables: David wanted Solomon to carry out justice against those who had wronged the house of Israel. They had broken the peace time agreement. It did not matter whether Solomon was involved when this happened but the charge fell on him. This was not a personal vendetta; these were enemies of the house of Israel.  The same goes for those who Solomon had to show kindness to. David had to establish a few immovables that would stand regardless of who the king was. This applies to the transitions we go through in the various times of our lives. Some things have to be immovable. Some things have to be constant. Progress does not render the past unimportant. It does however help us make sense of the past in order to reach maturity. The past is not irrelevant; it is the step that helps us to reach maturity. One of the most effective ways of knowing you are headed in the right direction with your life is if all your immovables are intact when you get there; the things that you decide you are not willing to compromise on. Whenever you have to compromise on any of those things, you know that something has gone wrong.

Firstly you will need to be very clear on what your immovables are personally. What is important to you? These immovables are generally the essence or the core of our progression and they do not change. Do you know what your immovables are? Have you actually consciously decided within yourself? “This is who I am!” It is interesting to find how many people do not have a conscious list of what their immovables are. The saddest thing is how many people do not have “church” as an immovable.

We are all human. Everyone goes through seasons and times of change. We have seen the life of David as it went through one phase after the other, but one thing is sure, David knew what his immovables were (Ps. 71:1-24). This captures the essence of David’s life; the things David said he was not willing to sacrifice. The main immovable on David’s list was his relationship with God. My hope is that as we reflect on our own lives and that we can say the same.