I Kin. 2:1-12; I Chron. 29:26-30
David had lived a long life in service to God and to the nation of Israel. At the end of his forty year reign as king, seven over Judah and thirty-three over all of Israel and Judah, he issued a final charge to Solomon, the new king. His instructions are worthy for us today. “…Keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies,…that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn…”
However, the king who had shed much blood during his lifetime had some unfinished business for Solomon to attend. His cousin, Joab had been his friend and army commander, but he had killed Abner and Amasa, two of David’s other army commanders. Shimei had cursed him during Absalom’s rebellion. David suggested that these two men should be punished severely for their actions. Barzillai had been very helpful to him during Absalom’s rebellion and David wanted him to continue to receive special care from the new king.
“So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. Then Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.”