Today David tells the people who have a willing heart to join him in giving gifts to the temple and they all gave generously to the house of the Lord. “Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a willing heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly”. David explains how the people could give so joyfully in his prayer of praise “For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You”.
Solomon is again presented as the next king but apparently his older half brother Adonijah isn’t on board with his younger brother becoming king. So Adonijah tries to seize what he thinks should belong to him once his dad dies. However, the Lord has other plans. God already said that Solomon would be the next king. When Nathan, the prophet, and Bathsheba inform David of what is happening, David quickly makes Solomon king in his place and says “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it!”. Adonijah then fears Solomon greatly and Solomon says if Adonijah “…proves himself a worthy man, not one hair of him shall fall to the earth, but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die”. Will Adonijah prove to be a worthy man? Gotta keep reading to see!
(1 Chronicles 29:1-22, 1 Kings 1:1-53)