A Battle For The Throne – The Prophets Portion – Week 5 – 1 Kings 1:1–31

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In this week’s Prophets Portion, we see a story of political corruption and an attempt by Adonijah the son of Haggith to steal the throne of David which is promised to Solomon.

Adonijah goes before the people along with his supporters and claims to be king. He in fact even acts as the king, having many sheep and oxen and fat cattle slew by the stone of Zoheleth.

However, Adonijah has forgotten that God appoints all kings, and no man, regardless of how ruthless and corrupt he is, can overturn the will of Yehovah.

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” Daniel 2:21 KJV

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 KJV

We may be tempted to think that political corruption is only something we see in our day, but this wickedness goes back to the very beginning.

Right now we are seeing a level of obvious wickedness and political corruption the likes of which haven’t been seen in many generations. We are being told by the controlled Media who our new President-elect is and sadly, the hive mind populous are eating up the lies with great haste. Unfortunately for the media, and for the hive mind populous, they don’t have the authority to appoint the President, this confirmation must go through the proper legal channels and then be approved by the Electoral College. I find the level of ignorance about basic Government procedures, which is found in our country, to be deeply disturbing. Of course, this ignorance is not a mistake, it has been purposely created.

Personally, I’m more interested in who my eternal king is than who my worldly President is. With that said, I also know it is God who is in control, and regardless of who eventually sits in the office of President, I know it will be God’s will.

This doesn’t mean that it will be good or pleasant for us. God certainly could allow wicked leaders as part of a judgment on His people. We as a nation and the lukewarm Church would most certainly deserve it. I believe we ultimately end up with the leaders we deserve.

The story ends with David, along with the proper channels and offices, finally anointing Solomon as king, as God ordained it from the very beginning. This story Reminds us who is truly in control, reminds us that God is the Creator and King of all things. It is He who sets up and takes down kings, not the corrupt devises and imaginations of men.

Prophets Portion- Week 5 -Kings 1:1–31

Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.

So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

Then 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.

And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.

And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.

But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants:

10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.

13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?

14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.

15 And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.

16 And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?

17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.

18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:

19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.

20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.

21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.

22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.

23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.

24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?

25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.

26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called.

27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?

28 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.

29 And the king sware, and said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,

30 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.

31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever.

S. L. Ozbun
Shawn L. Ozbun is an independent podcaster, author, and commentator of many biblical topics, most notably eschatology. Shawn is a student of the scriptures, ancient writings and biblical Hebrew language. Focused primarily on end times prophecy, biblical history, apocryphal text, and dead sea scroll documents. Most importantly, Shawn is passionate about delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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