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Final Matters (19 of 19)
I Kings 1-2
We are coming to the conclusion of a remarkable career. It is the career of a man named David who started off as a shepherd boy tending a few sheep and concluded as the king of one of the mightiest empires that ever existed on this earth. David, the man who was called a man after God's own heart. It does not mean that David was a perfect man because we have studied and seen that he was far from a perfect man. It means that David was a man who was open and sensitive to God. David was a man who when he sinned, would repent of his sin and return to the Lord. A man after God's own heart. He is not coming to final matters. He is coming to the end of his days. There are several verses in these chapters that have to do with the final days of David that give us a little insight as to how David approaches the matter of his own death. For instance, in Chapter 2 verse 2 he says: "I go the way of all the earth...."
There is a recognition in that statement by David that death is an experience which is common to all people who live on the earth. He is expressing Old Testament terminology what the New Testament says when it says, "It is appointed unto man once to die." The universality, the inevitability of death.
In I Chronicles 29:15 it reads: "For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."
This statement about his impending death, is a recognition on the part of David of the brevity of life. How brief indeed is a shadow. David said that is how life is. It is just like a shadow. Our days on the earth are as a shadow. Some of you, it seems like only yesterday that you were a young married lady or man. Others of you, it seems just a little while ago you were in high school. Life indeed on this earth is as a shadow. James in the New Testament puts it this way, "Our days are like a v ...
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