FRIDAY, September 3
Scripture: 1 Kings 2:5-7
The first stage of accepting Kingly authority for Solomon was the realization he had to cleanup past failures by judging them. He inherited the rebellion of those people who were still living after his father died. Joab could have destroyed Solomon’s reign by championing one of David’s other sons. Joab was well-known and trusted therefore a potential King-maker himself. Solomon had to dispense justice over bloodguiltiness to Joab because he shed the blood of war in peacetime (I Kings 1:5,6). He also had the responsibility of showing kindness and bringing blessing to those who had dramatically helped and aided his father. The first thing that Solomon had to do was make judgments about what to do with the rebellious and how to treat the righteous. That is often the place where we have to start in the King’s anointing. Solomon’s commitment to execute justice secured His future!