[bible1year] Devotional comments on I Kings 2-3

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 11 Apr 2015 12:01:06 -0000

        King David was now old and stricken in years and was not 
able to perform his royal duties. His son, Adonijah, took advantage 
of the situation, and proclaimed himself king of Israel. He was 
deliberately rebelling against the will of God, for he knew that God 
had appointed Solomon to succeed David. Some of David's confidential 
advisors even fell in with Adonijah's wicked plot, including Joab 
and Abiathar, the priest. However, three loyal servants informed 
Bathsheba of the plot and she went to King David. She knew he would 
not break his oath that Solomon, he son, would be the next king. 
Solomon was made king and Adonijah fled to God's altar for 
protection. As a result, Solomon promised not to kill him. It is sad 
that wicked men flee to God for help without really repenting in 
their hearts. The altar was not a place of repentance or fellowship 
for Adonijah, but simply a means of escape.

        In chapter 2 David gives his charge to Solomon. He 
emphasized the spiritual before the political, for he wanted his son 
to walk in the ways of the Lord. David's death is recorded in verse 
10. In the latter verses of the chapter Adonijah stubbornly refuses 
to follow the leadership of Solomon, and he was judged for his sins.

        In chapter 3 Solomon receives wisdom from God, and the 
account of the two mothers is but one illustration of that wisdom. 
Also, since the mothers had direct access to Solomon, it indicates 
that Solomon loved his people and wanted to serve them.

        It is wonderful that every Christian has access to God, who 
is greater than Solomon. And God promises to give wisdom to meet 
every need. James 1:5 tells us, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him 
ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; 
and it shall be given him."