APRIL 11 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."