Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 2

It's not personal. It's strictly business. The king then gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he went out and struck Shimei dead. The kingdom was now securely in Solomon's grasp. 1 Kings 2:46 (MSG)

All great stories are a reflection of God's great story. That's what my wife consistently reminds me, and she is correct. That's why, when I read the Old Testament historical books, like Kings and Chronicles, I'm constantly reminded of stories, plays and movies that reflect the same biblical themes wrapped in the language of the present culture.

We read in today's chapter about Solomon, the youngest son, and his succession to his father's throne. We read about his "settling accounts" with the enemies of his father and the contract killings of Joab and Shimei. We read of the killing of his own brother who betrayed him. 

How could I not help but think of Michael Corleone, the youngest son, and his succession in the family business, his bloody settling of accounts, and the killing of his own brother who betrayed him?

All great stories are reflections of the Great Story.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Kings 2”

  1. The kingdom was now securely in Solomon’s grasp.
    There is so much power associated with the statement above. Reading that sentence alone leads a person to think many different things about how the kingdom was secured. Having read it in context, however, we know that bloodshed was involved to secure the kingdom. There usually is a cost, isn’t there? The greatest achievements and power struggles usually include some loss of life. Even today, countries battle to gain power over another. I need to be aware in business life not to “take lives” or step on others to achieve a given goal. Good reminder for me today.

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