Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 2:1-3:2
“Be a man!” What comes to mind when you hear those words? Do you picture boys egging one another on to do some daredevil stunt? Do you picture a sergeant berating a soldier for complaining about a tough training exercise? Would you expect to find those words in the Bible? Probably not but they were spoken by a dying father to his son in 1 Kings 2. There, King David urged Solomon to be a man…of the Word, and for the Word. David’s advice is good counsel for all men, especially fathers.
King David, who we known as a man after God’s own heart; is passing the way of all flesh, the moments of life are winding down to the point where every second counts. There is no time to waste.
In our text today we now get to listen in on the conversation being David and his son, Solomon. David tells him to ‘show thyself a man.’
In other words, the most important thing for you to do as the King of Israel is for you to be a man.
- He didn’t say that he should be a warrior.
- He didn’t say for him to be a conqueror.
- He didn’t say for him to be a philanderer.
- He didn’t even say for him to be a kingly.
- He said that the most important thing you can be is to be a man!
At the end of his life, David told his son Solomon the secret of being a man. If Solomon wanted to be a man, he would first of all need to become a man of God’s Word. Do we study it daily? Don’t think we have time for that? Then consider this. God commanded the Israelite kings to personally hand copy the first five books of the Bible and to study those copies daily (Deuteronomy 17:18-20).
If God thought it was important for the kings of Israel to study his Word daily, shouldn’t it be important for us to do? And if busy kings were to find time for God’s Word, then we certainly can make time for the Word as well.
Note that real men don’t just read God’s Word, however, they put it into practice. David said to Solomon: “Walk in [God’s] ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” (1 Kings 2:3b).