The crown secured - 1 Kings 2:1-46

This is a sermon by Scott McKay from the morning service on 22nd April 2018.

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1 Kings 2:1-46 – The Crown Secured


            Queen Elizabeth II

            King Buyelekhaya

            King James II


“In chapter 1 the focus was on succession in the kingdom, in chapter 2 the focus is on the security of the kingdom.”

God’s word must be obeyed if the Kingdom is to be established (v1-4)

            “Be strong, act like a man.”

            The mature life is the obedient life (v2-3)



            The mature life leads to the secure life (v2-3)


                        Revelation 22:12


            The mature life recognises there is more to life (v4)




God’s enemies must be dealt with if the Kingdom is to be established (v5-46)

            Adonijah (v13-25)

            Abiathar (v26-27)

            Joab (v28-35)

            Shemei (v36-46)

                        “If your hand causes you to sin cut it off” (Mark 9:43)

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4)


God’s promise must be trusted if the Kingdom is to be established (v3-4)

            Unconditional or Conditional?



            The Son of David


Questions: 1) If you examined the progress you’ve made over the last few years would you say that you’ve matured through obedience to God’s word? What evidence would there be to support your answer? 2) What are some of the benefits of living the obedient life? How does this help us from a motivational point of view? 3) If you desire to have an ‘established’ life in Jesus what is this going to entail? 4a) Who or what are the enemies of Jesus’ reign now and how are we to overcome them?  4b) How shrewd/ruthless are you being with your enemies? 5) In what ways does this passage get us ready for Jesus?

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