Today we begin a new book, 1 Kings! 1 Kings opening verses discuss the end of the reign of King David. This book will talk about the monarchy’s of Israel, except the reign of David (discussed in 1 & 2 Samuel). The author of this book is not explicitly stated, although many attribute it to the prophet Jeremiah. This book majorly revolves around how the kings of Israel measure up to the law discussed in the book Deuteronomy.
The passage we are looking at today shows David towards the end of his life. Adonijah, who was the eldest surviving son of David, exalted himself as king. This was going around both the authority of David and God to anoint the next king. Bathsheba was concerned that if Adonijah was king, she and her son Solomon would be pushed out of importance. So she goes to David and lets him know her hindrances.
Tomorrow we will look at what David does in response to this request.
What can we take away from this passage?
We must perpetually test our hearts; whether we are trying to exalt ourselves like Adonijah, or whether we wait patiently on the Lord like David. In contrast to the way David took the throne, Adonijah is shown to be seeking self rather than seeking God. David waited on God to exalt him, avoiding killing Saul when Saul was openly hunting him. Are you more concerned about your glory or Gods?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice