1 Kgs 1:1-53
The chapter starts by telling us that David had become old and stricken with age. Clothes were no longer enough to give him heat, so they arranged to have a very beautiful virgin by the name Abishag to stand before the king, to cherish him, lie in his bosom and minister to him. David however did not have sexual relations with Abishag.
The next main issue was then that of who became king after David. Adonijah, the brother of Absalom quickly exalted himself, adopting strategies like his brother’s to quickly gain prominence. This was historical politics going on in biblical times to a very large extent. Adonijah enlisted the support of Joab and Abiathar the priest in order to make himself king. However Zadok the priest, Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei – two of David’s might men were not on Adonijah’s side. So it all got to the tipping point when Adonijah gathered people to a feast inviting all the king’s sons except Solomon, and also not inviting Nathan and Benaiah. So Nathan brought everything to Bathseba’s awareness, as she had received promise of david that her son – Solomon, would be king after David. Nathan told her to appraoch David, bring to his awareness Adonijah’s actions, and he would also join her to confrim her words to David.
So, Bathsheba went to see David to present her case for her son. Nathan also later joined and they both made a case for Solomon. David then reiterated his commitment to make Solomon king, he told his men to take his own mule and put Solomon on it, Zadok and Nathann were to anoint him king, blow a trumpet, and then proclaim God save the king. So the plan was executed, and the whole city rejoiced with a loud noise.
When Adonijah and those in his camp heard the noise, and eventually got to know that Solomon had been declared king, his allegiance broke and the people deserted him. Adonijah himself ran to grab the horn of the altar in fear that Solomon would kill him for his actions, vowing not to leave until his life was safe. So, Solomon sent to have him brought to him, and he bowed to Solomon, who allowed him to depart to his house.
The desire to obtain position and rule has been a major thing through history, it is the premise on which politics thrive. Today, Solomon was on the right side, and he was made king. We should however note that this happened because Nathan and his mother went into action to speak on his behalf to David. Your rights or promised position won’t just come easily everything, at time advocacy is needed to obtain justice. What role do you play to see justice and righteousness done?
Some verses to remember
vs 11: Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
vs 30: Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.