Tuesday, 24th August 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-10 The Foolishness of Adonijah
David was old, so the servants sent a young girl Abishag to serve and care for him. David was a king, who fell in his lustful desires in the past, but this time he did not come close to her. David learnt his lesson at his old age.
Adonijah was David’s fourth son. His name means ‘my God is the Lord’, he was loved and blessed at his birth. But he was never rebuked and he became wilful. A lot of worldly teaching tells us to give children freedom and let them explore their potentials, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t rebuke them or disciple them. We must let children know when they have done something wrong, because if we don’t then we are not helping them to walk in the right path. Adonijah thought he would be the king, not only he was never rebuked by his parents, the people around him also didn’t help him to walk in the right path. Joab, the leader of the army, and Abiathar the priest both supported Adonijah to be the king, they didn’t help him to see God’s Will for Israel.
Section Two V11-27 The Wisdom of Nathan the Priest
Nathan knew God established Solomon as the king of Israel. He also knew David already promised Bathsheba. As the servant of the Lord, he chose to step out when things didn’t go right. He was wise and willing to follow God. What is wisdom? The fear of the Lord is wisdom. Nathan knew what Adonijah did was not right so he went to Bathsheba and arranged for her to see David. Bathsheba also chose to believe in him. In I Kings 1, God did not say anything, but Nathan knew God’s heart and Bathsheba believed Nathan.
Wisdom is to tell the truth, Nathan taught Bathsheba to tell the truth to David, not focus on accusing people but focus on what happened. They also let David knew how important this matter was, because if he didn’t do anything, then Solomon and Bathsheba will become offenders. Nathan did not talk to David himself but he let Bathsheba speak, because David made the promise to her. Nathan was wise, he didn’t act on his emotions, but chose the appropriate way to pass the message to David. We need to learn to control our temper, do not act in our emotions because it may destroy our relationship with others. Instead seek wisdom from God to pass on the message in calm and appropriate manner.
Section Three V28-53 The Waiting of Solomon
Solomon’s brother died as an infant, so after Solomon was born David loved him very much. But he was not like Adonijah, who had a big ceremony with lots of people and appointed himself to be the king. Solomon was waiting for his time appointed by his father and his authority David. He was waiting for David to anoint him and for the people of Israel to acknowledge him. He was willing to wait for God’s timing, so were Nathan, Zadok and Benaiah. They were willing to follow God, follow David and follow Solomon. When we wait for God’s timing we will have peace inside us.
Adonijah heard about David anointed Solomon to be the king then he was afraid. A foolish person will easily be afraid. But Solomon did not kill Adonijah at the time. Instead Solomon gave Adonijah an opportunity and said if anyone proved himself worthy then they will live.
Solomon was willing to wait and to believe God’s promise for him, he was not worried and he was not afraid. We must trust in God, to wait for His timing, to walk in His Way, and to know His Rhema for us today.
How do we follow God? Through I Kings 1, let us examine ourselves, how are we living our lives right now? The Holy Spirit is with us, let Him shine on us so we can see if our lives are walking in the Path of the Lord!