Thursday, May 3, 2012
Famous Last Words
King David's last words were to his son, the-soon-to-be-next-king, Solomon. On his deathbed, the man whose heart was after God's own Heart, charges his son with these words in I Kings 2:2-3:
"Be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of The LORD, your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His Commandments, His judgements, and His testimonies, as it is written in The Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn."
There was more to it, but this is how he began his final exhortation to his son.
"BE A MAN!" was the essence of his opening words. He followed it by painting a picture of what a man is: one who walks in the ways of our LORD and is a doer of God's Holy Word.
King David reminded Solomon, who grew up in the shadow of his king/priestly father, of what the result of that would be: that Solomon would prosper in all he would do and wherever he would turn.
Wow! Those are powerful last words! One that Solomon took to heart, as we know he is known as the wisest man who ever lived, and his monetary wealth was staggering to the senses.
Have you ever given thought to what your last words to your family would be? Why not pray and then write them down? Keep them in a place where your family will find them when the time comes that you are absent from your body and in the eternal Presence of The LORD. It is something that will forever be etched on the tablet of their hearts, maybe even setting the course of their lives, as it did King Solomon.
Because of Him and Unto Him,