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Applications from 1 Kings

1 Kings 1:1

The Story:

David is near the end of his life. His health is failing and he is cold. His helpers cannot keep him warm so they bring in a young lady to lay with him. This is nothing sexual (4b), her body heat will radiate and warm the old king.

The Application:

There will come a time when you can’t do it yourself.
(Verse 1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.)

What do you see when you think of King David? I think of youth, a strong warrior, a giant killer. This is not the same man we see described in verse 1.  David is now described as old.  At best this means older than the author’s point of view.  He is also said to be stricken in years.  What exactly does this mean? Is stricken worse than old? Stricken…living longer than…old.  Poor David!  Finally, the King is spending days in bed.

While David is still very valuable to God, Israel, and his family, he has reached a time of life where he needs help.  At different times in life we all get here.  For instance, while once an athlete, I can’t just go run anymore.  If I do I struggle moving the next day!  Now, I have to stretch a certain way.  I need an iPhone app to keep me on pace.  My muscles require extra vitamins and possibly medication.  For David, this was a time when he would need to be King in a BIG way, but he couldn’t do it himself.

Keep watch for the 2nd part of this 4 part post: Be Thankful for those who Help.

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