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  1. A Father’s Final Words1 Kings 2:1-9

  2. Famous Last Words “Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.” Said by: Queen Marie Antoinette after she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner “I can’t sleep.” Said by: J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” Said by: Humphrey Bogart “I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct.” Said by: Dominique Bouhours, famous French grammarian “I live!” Said by: a Roman Emperor, as he was being murdered by his own soldiers

  3. Famous Last Words “_______ …Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” Said by: Joan Crawford to her housekeeper who began to pray aloud “I am perplexed. Satan Get Out!” Said by: Aleister Crowley – famous occultist “Now why did I do that?” Said by: General William Erskine, after he jumped from a window in Lisbon, Portugal in 1813 “Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’!” Said by: James French, who shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution

  4. Famous Last Words “It’s stopped.” Said by: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.” Said by: Aldous Huxley (author) to his wife “You have won, O Galilean.” Said by: Emperor Julian, having attempted to reverse the official endorsement of Christianity by the Roman Empire “No, you certainly can’t.” Said by: John F. Kennedy in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President

  5. Famous Last Words “I feel ill. Call the doctors.” Said by: Mao Zedong, Chairman of China “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.” Said by: Nostradamus “Please don’t let me fall.” Said by: Mary Surratt, before being hanged for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln “Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.” Said by: Voltaire when asked by a priest to renounce Satan

  6. Famous Last Words in the Bible • Jacob’s last words to his sons (Gen. 49:1-33) • Moses’ last words to Joshua (Deut. 31:1-8; 32:44ff) • Joshua’s last words to Israel (Josh. 23:1-16; 24:1-28) • Jesus’ last words to the Apostles (Jn. 14:2,15,19-21) • Paul’s last words to the elders (Acts 20:17-38) • Paul’s last words to Timothy (2 Tim. 4:1-8)

  7. Famous Last Words in the Bible • Peter’s last words to his brethren (2 Pet. 1:13-15) • What can we learn from David’s final words to Solomon (1 Kings 2:1-9; 1 Chron. 22-29)? Consider four important admonitions…

  8. “Show Thyself A Man” • David encouraged his son to have a strong and mature character (1 Kings 2:1-2) • Strong character is need to stand against sin and error (1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 4:14; Heb. 5:14; 1 Pet. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:5; 3:18)

  9. “Walk in his ways…” • David encouraged his son to obey God’s word and do it exactly as it was revealed to him (1 Kings 2:3) • Precise and exact obedience to God’s word is essential to proper fellowship with God (1 Jn. 2:3-4; 2 Jn. 9) and prosperity from God (Deut. 8:6; 26:17; 28:9; 30:16; Josh. 1:6-9; Psa. 1:3; 119:98-100; Prov. 3:1-4; 1 Pet. 1:9) • Walk in “his ways” not our ways (Prov. 14:12; Jer. 6:16; Eph. 4:1; Gal. 5:16)

  10. “In Truth With All Their Heart” • David encouraged his son to obey God “in truth” - the right pattern - and “with all their heart … soul” - the right attitude (1 Kings 2:4; see 1 Chron. 28:9) • Both the right pattern and the right attitude are important in serving God today (Josh. 24:14; 1 Sam. 12:24; 1 Kings 3:6; 2 K. 20:3; Mt. 22:37; Jn. 4:24; 1 Pet. 1:22)

  11. “Do According to Thy Wisdom” • David encouraged his son to act wisely in his dealing with others: be just, right, fair (1 Kings 2:5-9) • Don’t overturn or ignore the righteous actions that need to be taken (Prov. 20:26) • Don’t undue the righteous policies and principles of the former generation (Prov. 27:10; 28:17; Eccl. 8:11) • Don’t forsake the charge of the former generation (1 Tim. 6:13-14)

  12. Did Solomon Listen? • “Show thyself a man…” • “Walk in his ways…” • “In truth with all … heart” • “Do according to thy wisdom” “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his father” – 1 Kings 11:4

  13. A Father’s Final Words • Do we say things to our children that emphasize the material? • Do we say things to our children that emphasize the temporal? • Do we say things to our children that emphasize the spiritual? What will be our final words (Heb. 9:27)? • Be strong • Be obedient • Be right & sincere • Be wise