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session 1: A Fruitful Legacy

indication that God can use our messes as integral aspects of his plan. Do you feel as if any part of your life has been wasted? If so, how might God redeem those parts for his purposes?

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Promises: 1 Kings 2 ocus: 1 Kings 2:1–4

As David nears death, he gives his son a solemn charge: walk according to God’s commands as put forth in the books of Moses, and live with wholehearted faithfulness. Why? So that Solomon will prosper and so that God’s promises to David of a perpetual dynasty will be fulfilled.

God’s promises for a lasting dynasty had been given to David years before because of his undivided heart.But they were con- ditional on the behavior of his descendants. Even in his dying words,David seems to realize that.His legacy won’t be fulfilled if his children’s hearts don’t remain pure. And to this point in his parenting experience, things have not gone well. Sons have rebelled, brothers have killed brothers, and only one hope is still standing.

David’s last instructions for Solomon are the lens through which his reign will be assessed. When Solomon succeeds, it will be because he has lived up to his father’s words. And when Solomon fails, as the writer of 1 Kings will show us, it will be because he has abandoned them.

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A Walk Thru the Life of Solomon: Pursuinga Heart of Integrity, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2009. Used by permission.

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