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Solomon is King
Bible Passage 1 Kings 1: 1-48
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 Kings, 1 Samuel.

Solomon is King

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 3, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
23 They informed the king, “Nathan the prophet is here.” When he had been ushered into the presence of the king, Nathan bowed low in front of the king with his face to the ground

24 and asked, “Your majesty, did you say ‘Adonijah will be king after me and will sit on my throne’?

25 Well now, he went down today and sacrificed lots of oxen, fattened cattle, and sheep, and has invited all the king’s sons, the army commanders, and Abiathar the priest. They’re having a party together and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’

26 Of course, he never invited me, Zadok the priest, Jehoiada’s son Benaiah, nor your servant Solomon.

27 Were you behind this, your majesty, without letting your servants know who would sit on your majesty’s throne after him?”

28 “Call Bathsheba for me,” King David replied. So she came in and stood in front of the king.

29 “As the LORD lives,” the king said with an oath, “who has redeemed me from all sorts of troubles,

30 I certainly did tell you in the name of the LORD God of Israel, ‘Your son Solomon will be king after me and will sit on my throne in my place.’ I’m certainly going to make this happen today!”

31 “King David,” Bathsheba said as she bowed low in front of the king with her face to the ground, “your majesty, may you live forever.”

32 “Get me Zadok the priest,” King David said, “along with Nathan the prophet, and Jehoiada’s son Benaiah.” So they were ushered into the king’s presence

33 and David addressed them. “Take your lord’s servants, have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon.

34 Have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel. Then sound a trumpet and declare ‘Long live King Solomon!’

35 After this, you are to follow him back here, and he is to come and sit on my throne and take my place as king, because I’ve appointed him to be Commander-in-Chief over Israel and Judah.”

36 “Amen!” replied Jehoiada’s son Benaiah to the king. “May the LORD God of your majesty make this happen!

37 As the LORD has been with your majesty the king, so may he be with Solomon. May he make his throne greater than the throne of your majesty, King David.”

 

BACKGROUND
After many years of the reign of David as king, he was now old and his health was failing. He needed a nurse with him continually, one of her duties being to lie with him in bed to give him warmth. Although this nurse, Abishag, was not David’s concubine, many people apparently thought she was.

Adonijah, David’s oldest surviving son, decided to establish himself as king while David was still alive and to prevent any possible claim to the throne by Solomon later. Once he had gained the support of the senior priest Abiathar and the army commander Joab, Adonijah thought he could ignore the friends and advisers of David who favoured Solomon (1 Kings 1:5-10).

Those friends of David had more influence in the palace than Adonijah realized. Possibly the most important of them was the prophet Nathan, who apparently knew that God’s will was for Solomon to be the next king (see 2 Sam 7:12-17; 12:24-25; 1 Chron 22:6-10 ). Nathan quickly thought of a plan to prompt David to declare openly that Solomon was to succeed him as king (verses 11-14).

First Bathsheba ( Solomon’s mother) told David what Adonijah had done, then Nathan asked David if he approved of Adonijah’s action. Shocked at what he heard, David declared that Solomon, not Adonijah, would be his successor.

Once roused to action, David was determined to see Solomon anointed and publicly proclaimed king. Solomon’s appointment seems to have won popular support. It also had the backing of David’s personal bodyguard of Cherethites and Pelethites, who were under the command of the tough Benaiah.

Adonijah’s celebrations were cut short when he heard what had that Solomon was anointed king.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 It’s God who chooses kings and makes people successful

🔷 People who for their parochial interest use foul means to cling to a throne will not enjoy their reign

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for wisdom to handle the situations of life
💥 Pray that no one will take away your throne and reign

CONCLUSION📙
The king is expected to lead the people to develop. The people must equally follow the dream of their followers. Leaders who force themselves on the people will end up embarrassing themselves.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections