Political chaos and uncertainty on every level certainly describe our world today, but a look back to the days of King David shows us clearly that history repeats itself. Let’s take a look at the political chaos and intrigue that surrounded the transition of power as King David’s time to leave the throne drew near. What did our Haftarah portion teach us?
I Kings 1:1a Now king David was old and stricken in years:
David knew his days were numbered, and his family knew this too. Now, of course, his family wants to love and comfort him during what appear to be his closing days on earth, right? Let’s see!
I Kings 1:5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king. Then he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
1. What was Adonijah doing? WHO exalted Adonijah? Was Adonijah about to take over his father’s throne? Was he the one in line to inherit David’s throne?
Pastor Mark inserted the following verse into this story.
Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
1. How does Luke 14:11 apply to Adonijah? How does it apply to anyone seeking their own glory?
I Kings 1:24,25 And Nathan said, My lord the king, have you said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne? For he has gone down this day and has sacrificed oxen, fattened cattle, and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army, and Abiather the priest. And behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and saying, Long live King Adonijah!
1. How do you see presumption on the part of Adonijah and the group that was with him? What are the ones celebrating calling Adonijah? Is there a connection to our day?
I Kings 1:49,50 All the guests of Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and each man went his way. Adonijah feared because of Solomon; and he arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
Why would Adonijah fear because of Solomon? Because Solomon was the rightful heir to the throne! Solomon was to be the next king. Adonijah could see his coup attempt was about to fail. He heard the sound of the trumpet proclaiming a new king. What was all the commotion about he wondered as he and his company partied and celebrated. King David had declared:
I Kings 1:30 I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”
The king had spoken! Solomon would be the next king.
I Kings 1:53 So King Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and did obeisance to King Solomon; and Solomon said unto him, Go to thy house.
People can declare themselves king or president. People can declare that the man they want is now king or president. But in the end, G-d will declare who is king or president. He has the final say. His purposes will prevail. There is one more thing….
When Adonaijah was trying to steal the throne, two people, Bathsheba and Nathan the prophet, went to the King David to tell him what was happening and remind him of his promise . And King David heard their words and answered them, keeping his promise. We too can go to the KING and let our prayers be heard for justice and righteousness to prevail in times of political chaos. If He chooses to put a “king” on the throne that seems to be other than the one we had expected or prayed for, He has His purposes. His Word will prevail, and what He has spoken will come to pass. Ultimately, we are praying for Messiah to come rule and reign, and we know He is on the way!
Daniel 2:21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
Come, Yeshua, Come and take Your Throne!!