Thoughts About What We’re Reading…
If you are keeping up with the reading, we have finished 1 & 2 Samuel are moving into 1 Kings. Where as 1&2 Samuel were dominated by the story of David’s rise and reign as king, 1 Kings begins by telling us that “King David was old and advanced in years.”
So here, our story continues with yet another run at the crown.
David had already put down two rebellions, one by his son Absalom and the other by Sheba the Benjaminite. Here, David’s oldest living son Adonijah makes a run at the crown.
In his own mind Adonijah sees himself as next in line, so he attempts to make himself king. “I will be king”, he declares in I Kings 1:5.
Israel did have a royal succession policy – it was by divine appointment. God decides! As far as God is concerned, Solomon, the tenth in line, was God’s chosen King.
Both Absalom and Adonijah exalted themselves. In essence they did not accept God’s choice, but instead exalted themselves. They would not even wait for their father to die – in Absalom’s case he even sought the death of his father David.
Adonijah hired his own chariots and fifty men to run in front of him to let people know that someone important was coming. Yep, he had his own entourage, his own posse!
He must be important – right? In addition, he gained the support of some of Israel’s most powerful leaders including Joab the former commander of Israels’ army and Abiathar the priest.
Joab had lost favor with David after killing his son Absalom during the rebellion, as well as the other commanders who got in Joab’s way – Abner and Amasa.
Abiathar the priest appears to be making a power grab as well. Did he want to be high priest?
By throwing his parties, aligning himself with people of power and self promotion, Adonijah was strengthening his political position. Some might even think he was deeply religious!
Yet it is clear that Adonijah was doing it all for his own glory. As we read through Chapters one and two – we see how David, Nathan and David’s Captain of the King’s bodyguard – Benaiah, (Yes the same Benaiah of “In a Pit With a Lion on A Snowy Day” fame – a book by Mark Batterson), put down the rebellion.
Solomon following David’s advice consolidates his power and removes his enemies. I will expand upon this more in my next blog.
When reading through this story, I am reminded of how often we are tempted to exalt ourselves, to put ourselves first.
When we seek to be King or Queen, we put ourselves on the throne. In essence we have decided to not accept God as our king. When God is no longer the King, he becomes one of our servants.
This can also impact our ministries – we want God to do what we want when we want it. And why can’t God make every one see that our way is better?
In essence, we are in danger of tearing down the Lord’s work as described Romans 14.
We want to use Him to do our bidding to make our lives better; we want to call all the shots.
We forget we exist for His glory and to make disciples – the bible in a nutshell.
Our lives instead should be lives in submission to Jesus, the true and rightful King for the people of God.
Until next time… keep reading!
Excerpts for this blog were taken from: The Reformed Expository Commentary Series – 1 Kings by P.G. Ryken