Powered by 4 - September 22, 2015

 

Discerning King

Today's reading: 1 Kings 2:13-46

With David now gone and Solomon on the throne, Adonijah comes back into the picture. He's not satisfied. He still wants to be king, but he's a little afraid of Solomon. As a result, Adonijah adopts a passive-aggressive approach. He tries to manipulate the situation to ultimately put himself in a place where he might be able to challenge Solomon's kingship again down the road. Solomon, however, is discerning. He sees right through Adonijah's scheming and will have none of it. Holding true to his word ("And Solomon said, 'If he [Adonijah] will show himself a worthy man, not one of his hairs shall fall to the earth, but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.'" 1 Kings 1:52), Solomon deals swiftly with Adonijah and those who had aligned with him, and in so doing unequivocally establishes himself as king over Israel.

What does this passage reveal about our human nature and how harboring a discontent or disgruntled attitude can impact and harm us? What did you observe about discernment from the examples of Bathsheba and Solomon? Tami

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