If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you’ll be eager to find out this month what happened to David. The book of Kings is the sequel to Samuel and you can watch the Bible Project overview here.
This book covers a HUGE portion of history. It may seem long, but it’s really quite impressive when you consider it covers over 400 years. It gives very brief synopses of some kings and dives deep into the lives of a few key players, kings and prophets.
It should be noted that the route Solomon took into town, riding on the kings mule (1:38-40), was the same way Jesus rode in to Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11). If you ever wondered why people would suddenly go all “Jesus is King” mode in that moment, here is the reason. It was majorly symbolic. The son of David triumphantly riding in to the city.
You can probably guess I’m sad about the way Joab dies. He crossed the wrong guy. His life, to me, is a testament to how desperately we need the Holy Spirit to know the mind of Christ. Joab’s logic throughout his life seems reasonable to me, and I really want to root for him. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the Holy Spirit and could only go off what he knew of the Law and what seemed right to himself and the people he led. He hid in the tent of the Lord, for crying out loud. However, his thirst for revenge and rebellion against David determined his end. I know it says in 2:32-33 that Solomon decreed the Lord’s curse on him for “killing someone more righteous than he” (Abner?! Agree to disagree), but I know the Lord is just and can speak for Himself and maybe I’m crazy, but I hope to see Joab in heaven someday.
Anyway, I’m excited to be back in a history book! For more context on knowing when someone’s doing God’s will or not, read the instructions for kings in Deuteronomy 17:14-20.