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Read 1 Kings I., 28-39

Read 1 Kings I., 28-39

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 26, 2013
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SOLOMO AOITED KIGBY J. R. MILLER Read 1 Kings I., 28-39The life of David was troubled to its close. Thetragic death of Absalom ended his rebellionagainst the king, but David found little of thatlove and restful quiet which make old age idealin its peace. There were continuous strifes anddissensions in his kingdom. In his own home alsothere were jealousies and quarrels. David in-curred the divine displeasure by numbering thepeople, and had his choice of judgments. Threedays' pestilence was followed by the king's set-ting up an altar and offering sacrifices in thethreshing floor of Araunah when pestilence ceased."When the king was very old another rebellionwas plotted by Adonijah. Bath-sheba, aided byathan, the prophet, aroused David to have Solo-mon declared king at once, before Adonijah couldbe crowned. It was a strong appeal which wasmade to the king. "Is this thing done by mylord the king," demanded athan, "and thou hastnot showed unto thy servants who should sit onthe throne of my lord the king after him ? ' ' Davidreplied : * ' Call to me Bath-sheba. ' ' And she cameinto the king's presence.12 SOLOMO AOITED KIGThe mother was very deeply interested in thefuture of her son. She was ambitious for him.
"What true mother is not interested in her boy'scareer, and ambitious for his success ? o motherwants to see her boy make a failure of his life.It is a part of mother-love to wish great thingsfor her children. They need not always be thingsthat are great in this world's estimation. Indeed,the mother who has the truest aspirations forher children cares far more that they may liveworthily and grow into noble character — into''whatsoever things are true, . . . whatsoeverthings are lovely"— and fulfill God's purpose fortheir life, than that they may win high places inthis world. Yet every mother has lofty yearningsfor her children. The mother of James and Johncraved for her sons places at the right and lefthand of Jesus in His kingdom. Bath-sheba wishedto see her son crowned a king. As we think of these longings in the universal mother-heart weneed not be surprised at Bath-sheba 's eagernessand earnestness in this matter. She was quick tohave Solomon's right to the throne protected. Theboys do not know what great things their mothersdream for them, and how they strive and toil tohave them win honor and attain lofty and worthythings. It ought to be every boy's aim not todisappoint his mother, but to become what shewishes him to be.David had sworn to Beth-sheba in the past thatSolomon, her son, should reign as king. He now1 KIGS L, 28-39 3declares to her that his oath will be sacredly kept.He would not disappoint her. We should learn alesson here on the sacredness of keeping engage-ments and promises. Whatever we have solemnlypledged ourselves to do we should do at any cost
to ourselves. One of the marks of the man whoshall abide in God's presence, we are told, is,* ' That he sweareth to his own hurt, and changethnot." Many people's conscience needs toning upin this regard. There is altogether too muchcarelessness in keeping promises. Too many per-sons find it very easy to ''forget" to do what theyhave solemnly said they would do. Pledges sitvery lightly upon their conscience. Vows arethoughtlessly made, and just as thoughtlesslybroken. We ought to learn a lesson from David'sassurance to Bath-sheba.. He had made an oathto her, and now he declares to her that he willcertainly do what he has sworn to do.The solemnity of an oath should not be needed,however, to make an engagement sacred and in-violable. One's simple word should be held irre-vocably binding— just as binding as one's mostsacred oath. We should be absolutely true. Tospeak anything but the truth is a degradation of our whole nature. Forgetfulness is no excusefor failing to keep a promise. We have no rightto forget things that we promise. If our memoryis defective we should put down our promises inwriting, and keep them so before our mind thatit will be impossible for us to forget them. We4 SOLOMO AOITED KIGought to be so careful in keeping our word evenin the very smallest matters that people shalllearn to trust absolutely every lightest promisewe make. One who can be implicitly relied upon,who never fails those who trust in him, is like afragment of the Eock of Ages.David's assurance to Bath-sheba must have

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