Daily D – 1 Kings 1:5-6
1 Kings 1:5, 6 About that time David’s son Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, began boasting, “I will make myself king.” So he provided himself with chariots and charioteers and recruited fifty men to run in front of him. Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “Why are you doing that?” Adonijah had been born next after Absalom, and he was very handsome. (NLT)
1 Kings 1:47, 48 And all the royal officials have gone to King David and congratulated him, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s fame even greater than your own, and may Solomon’s reign be even greater than yours!’ Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed, and he said, ‘Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who today has chosen a successor to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.’” (NLT)
“King me,” is an acceptable command in Checkers. It’s a 50-50 proposition otherwise. And if the coin lands on the wrong side, well, you might as well say, “Bury me.”
Absalom said, “King me.” He was killed.
Adonijah, another handsome son of David who said “King me,” also died.
There’s an old saying, “It’s good to be King.” There should be another old saying: “It’s not so good to almost be king.” Maybe that should have been the message of that TV show about kings and thrones which I never watched and never will.
Self-appointed kings require a great deal of support and maintenance. Let two or three important people support someone else as king and your whole house of cards can turn into a big mess.
David the Shepherd King, the Warrior King, supported his son Solomon as the next king to take his place. His word choice is significant.
Who should be the next king when a new king is needed? Let God choose. Our Father in Heaven knows best.
Solomon began well. He enjoyed himself. A lot. He didn’t finish as well as he could have. Everything for the next several centuries went downhill from there. When the people rejected God and asked for a king, he gave them a king. He told them what a royal mess that was going to be. He was right. Then God provided what we needed from the very beginning. He provided Jesus, God with Us.
Jesus is all we ever needed. If we are smart about it, Jesus is all we ever want.
I will join our Father in Heaven in choosing Jesus as my King.
Our Father, thank you for our King of Kings, our Lord of Lords. He is everything we needed, all that we wanted, and more than we could have asked for. May his rule and reign within us and through us increase forever. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.