Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Welcome to Day 136 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 1 Kings 1; Chronicles 25; 1 Chronicles 28; Psalm 91; 1 Thessalonians 5 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 1:5 “Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said,
“I will be king.”
So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. 6(His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.) 7 Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support.”
1 Chronicles 28:9, ““And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
1 Thessalonians 5:28, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Did Adonijah really just appoint himself as king??
Did you notice that 1 Kings 1:6 reveals something about David and his parenting? “His father had never interfered with him by asking, ‘Why do you behave as you do?'”
Maybe David wasn’t the best father… perhaps he didn’t spend much time with Adonijah, so at the end of David’s life, Adonijah felt like his father “owed” him? All conjecture, except for v 6 states that David never “interfered” by asking him, “Why do you behave as you do?”
Makes me wonder what his relationship to Adonijah was like over the course of their lives… And how a little input, a little “fathering” from David might have changed the course of Adonijah’s life?
But let’s not push this all off on David…
I hope that I am never as presumptuous as Adonijah… running around, garnering support from key people, appointing myself as king, then throwing a feast for myself.
Keep in mind the backdrop that David’s son Absalom was killed (by Joab) and Jonathan, Saul’s son (and would-be heir) was killed in battle. Both of them could have been king… David hadn’t announced his successor…
So in the absence of clarity, the door is open for Absalom. He walks through it, then ends up embarrassed and humiliated… not to mention suddenly in fear for his life, once Solomon found out!
Quick rise to power. Quick decent.
Then, all of his friends at his feast abandon him… Some “friends.”
Lord may I never walk in presumption… Lord that I would walk in humility all the days of my life.