After ending my study in the book of 2 Chronicles, we will now begin our new study in 1 Kings. Where in chapter 1 we get more details on the end of David’s life and his two sons, Adonijah and Solomon. 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 Chronicles, give a great account of David and now we get even more information in this study. It was in this time that one of them was to be made king and unfortunately Adonijah decided to claim the kingdom to himself before rightly hearing this from King David’s own voice. Did this work for the good? No. It also doesn’t help to forge things on resumes, in order to get a job. No, not ever is it good to lie about your background history in order to have another person marry you. And with God, we cannot just barge in and take things from Him, without Him first supplying what we need first. There are gifts of the Spirit to be had from God but never do we go in and force His hand into giving us anything. If it is in God’s will, then He will answer us and supply the necessary needs, in order to build up His kingdom. As for Solomon, he was simply waiting on David to pronounce his blessing upon him and to make him king, if that was his will. However, Adonijah knew the heart of his father, so he decided to do something that he had no right to. 1“Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.” (1 Kings 1:5) Exalting himself is what got him into this trouble. He also 1“conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.” (1 Kings 1:7) Then, conspiring with people and not trusting in God was the next issue that got him into a lot of trouble. People in our day also get in trouble in the same fashion.
And so it was that Adonijah came to the people of Israel and crowned himself as king. However, David came to know of his agenda and said something very important that changed everything. He said, 1“as the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.” (1 Kings 1:29,30) 1“The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.” (1 Kings 1:33-35) The priest did just as David said and anointed Solomon as their king. He also rode upon a mule and came into Israel, while the people began to rejoice, just like Jesus did later on when he came into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the people rejoiced. So the king’s servants said, 1“God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne.” (1 Kings 1:47) Also, Adonijah found out about all this and began to fear for his life. However, Solomon was compassionate towards his brother and he lived. My friends, the Lord God is also compassionate towards those that are willing to be humbled. However, if they continue to lift themselves up, because of pride then they will pay for their sins come judgment day. So where do you stand with God? Are you for God or against Him?
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin to turn to You. Even those people that are currently exalted up in their pride, may they be humbled this day. These people need to know that we cannot just take and do what You have not supplied us. Instead, we are to wait upon You, God, in prayer, and then You will lead on a righteous path, which glorifies You and Your kingdom. We have so many people out in the world that have forged their way into the life they are living now. Even the jobs they have gotten and the marriages they are in are based on a lie. And what is sad is that there are pastors in churches who are really there for a paycheck and not for the welfare of Your flock. Surely, every pastor, teacher, evangelist, preacher, and Elder need to understand that we have a special duty to feed Your sheep and to not scatter them. We also cannot do anything if You are not with us. We can do things on our own for a time, but corruption will come into play over time, where people will no longer be following You, but their leaders instead. This is the corruption that I wish to get removed from every church and out of society in general. If people love and honor You, then I pray that they will display this in their everyday life. May more people walk in Your light and not after their own self-worth. We glorify You, oh Lord, in all things. If I have done anything special that gives people to talk about, it is because You have done it. I hope and pray that I have never exalted myself up in my evangelism or ministry efforts. If I have, then I am so sorry and repent. Continue to humble me as You humble every other person in Your church. Surely, I am only here to work in Your kingdom, in order to see more souls be saved and to see people in the faith draw nearer unto You daily. I love You, Lord. You are the rock upon which I stand. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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