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2 Samuel 23: 3

2 Samuel 23: 3 Whoever rules rightly over people, whoever rules in the fear of God, is like the light of sunrise on a morning without clouds these are the opening words by David as he speaks for the last time to his kingdom. When I typed the top line I spelled sunrise with two i'ssinrise. That is the kick with David's words. God promised that David's house (family) would rule forever and as Christ comes from David's human line, indeed the reign of David does carry on. But their are bumps in David's family. Solomon almost lost his place on the throne as the next in birth order assumes the kingdom without asking and Bathsheba and Nathan the prophet get going quickly to save their lives and get their guy Solomon on the throne.

His reign begins well, he asks for wisdom, gets it, practices it and then things go caflewy. Great word huh? he marries Pharaoh's daughter, great politics, poor wisdom. Had he simply married her, kept his faith practice and prayer practice it may have ended differently. He made the decision that if one faith is good for a person several faiths are better. 700 wives, 300 concubines and who knows how many shrines, temples to how many 'gods' and things went caflewy. The kingdom of Israel is divided and David's line continues with one tribe and one temple - sort of. You see its pretty hard to get people to worship one God if you as king, are worshiping several. So what about sunrise. It is sun if our desire for God continues to draw us away from sin. IF we choose to know God, and to continue to get to know God there are sunrises coming (even as we face shorter days in winter)

 

23 These are the last words of David:

“The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs:

2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, 4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’

5 “If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire. 6 But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand. 7 Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie.”

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