Divrei Hayamim I – Twenty-Eight: Transitions

David is passing the torch of leadership to his son, Solomon. “And David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage and do; do not fear and be not dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will neither forsake you nor abandon you, until the completion of all the work of the service of the House of the Lord (Chronicles I 28:20).'” The words of wisdom that he shares with his son and successor are echoed elsewhere in Tanakh, notably in other iconic leadership transitions. I remember Moses saying them to Joshua and the people, and I like this cycle and repetition. I’m always a sucker for tradition, and I love occasions when iconic words are used in every generation, always infused with new meaning and timelessness all at once.


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