And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, With all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries. 1Chronicles 29:28-30 KJV
Then he died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor; and his son Solomon reigned in his place. Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the chronicles of Gad the seer, with all his reign, his power, and the circumstances which came on him, on Israel, and on all the kingdoms of the lands. 1Chronicles 29:28-30 NASB
Few men in Scripture so prefigured the Lord Jesus as did David. His preparation for the throne, his encounter with Goliath in the valley, his suffering and rejection, and the devotion of his men to his person, all remind us of His Greater Son Who was to come.
Yet there are contrasts with his life which heighten our appreciation for the Lord Jesus as well. Some are suggested by the comments surrounding the closing of his life.
“David the king, his reign and his might” is how the divine historian writes the epitaph for David. He was recognized as King and his might was recognized by all. He died a man in eminent position, mourned by the nation and honored at the last.
How different for David’s greater son. He died with the charge of “impostor” and “blasphemer” placed against Him. He died in apparent weakness and defeat. His mourners were few; His foes were mighty. His funeral cortege consisted of two men a few loyal sisters!
David died full of days and honor. He lived what we might consider an average life span; but he was full of honor at his death. Dishonor and shame were the portion for the Lord Jesus Christ. No doubt mourners followed David’s bier to the grave; eulogies and praise were heaped upon the man who consolidated the nation and took it to international recognition. But for the Man Who came to redeem the nation and to insure its ultimate glory, there was no honor.
David died “full of riches.” His wealth was staggering in its quantity. He left Solomon the equivalent of billions in today’s currency, the fruit of his many conflicts and conquests. The Lord Jesus was cut off with nothing. His garments became the booty of Roman soldiers, his seamless coat the prize of a soldier whose “lot” was selected. The possessor of all left this scene with no material legacy, but in poverty.
But perhaps the greatest contrast resides in the words that tell us that David’s acts from first to last are written and contained in three books – those of Samuel, Nathan, and Gad. When John concluded his Gospel record, he tells us without exaggeration that the world itself could not contain the books that could be written of all that the Lord Jesus began to do (John 21:25).
Eternity alone will suffice to unfold all the fruit of that one life lived for God. As great as David or any other man is, the results of their lives can be contained in the volumes of history. Christ alone exhausts the libraries of earth, drains the ink from every printer, and bankrupts vocabularies.
Compare and contrast the final days of others in Scripture with the Lord Jesus Christ such as Moses, Paul, and others.