We see the final breaths of David as we open this chapter. As you will see, this officially shifts the focus of this book to Solomon, who is the central figure. David provides Solomon specific instruction prior to his death. These instructions included a call for strength, obedience to the Lord, advise on how to deal with friends & enemies, and to use his wisdom in his dealings. We then see the transition from David to Solomon in David’s death. Unfortunately, Solomon’s brother, Adonijah still wanted the position, and used Bathsheba to ask Solomon for one of David’s concubines. He used this tactic to try to get closer to David’s house. Solomon saw what Adonijah was doing & had him killed. Remember, Abiathar & Joab choose Adonijah during his short lived false reign. Solomon exiles Abiathar & had Joab killed. Solomon knew that he would have to destroy his enemies, those that were a threat to the throne. Finally, we deal with Shimei again. Shimei, you recall mocked David in 2 Samuel 16, but was later pardoned in chapter 19. Here, because David warned him, Solomon send Shimei to his home and places him on house arrest. He said that if he were to leave, then he would be killed. After 3 years, Shimei left to go after 2 servants and when Solomon found out, he was executed.
While this wasn’t the most peaceful start to Solomon’s reign, he knew that any threat to the throne needed to be addressed. I think we can also learn much from David’s last words to his son. Specifically what we are in verses 2-3, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written ... that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” As we read through this book together, remember these verses, and how important it is to this story. We should also strive to do the same as David commanded his son, as it is is pleasing to the Lord. That’s really what we should desire as well, don’t you think?