King David was in the twilight of his reign and his fourth son, Adonijah naturally assumed that he would be heir to the throne. Naturally, this was fitting as the leadership of the throne was of a hereditary succession but God had already chosen who would be king when David passed: Solomon, the son birthed from a scandal.
Adonijah’s natural assumption led him to take matters into his own hands to gain kingly authority. He along with Joab, the son of Zeruiah and Abiathar, the priest, joined together to plan a mini parade and banquet to announce his reign. Word spread like wildfire of the banquet and touched the ear of Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, who later revealed the conspiracy to dying king David. Nathan, king David’s trusted friend, confirmed that Adonijah’s plot to take the throne was as real as a bullet to the head. King David after listening to his friends, instructed Zadok the priest, and Nathan, the prophet, to anoint Solomon to be king over Israel: “So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and took him to Gihon. Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. And they blew the horn, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” And all the people went up after him; and the people played the flutes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth seemed to split with their sound.” (1 King 1: 38 – 40)
The sound reached the feast held by Adonijah and his followers, echoing the good news of Solomon’s new reign. Gripped with fear that the new king would kill him because of his evil plotting, Adonijah begged Solomon to show him mercy: “Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.” (1 King 1: 51) Solomon in response, offered to Adonijah a rare and great measure of mercy – he spared his life: “So King Solomon sent them to bring him down from the altar. And he came and fell down before King Solomon; and Solomon said to him, “Go to your house.” (1 King 1: 52)
This week, you will be given the opportunity to act above what is expected of you. You will come into contact with an Adonijah who will test your inner strength and character. In the past your Adonijah let you down, discredited your character, took advantage of your kindness and sought to usurp your joy and blessing. This Adonijah will find a way back into your life and you will be given the choice of exacting revenge or showing them the grace of Christ. Like Solomon, exert your power and show them compassion and understanding. Your undeserved compassion and mercy will give them a pleasant surprise.
Peace, love and blessings,
Scripture of the Week: Ephesians 2: 5 – 7
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
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