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  [02.07.2006] Adonijah and King Solomon
"Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not. Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged toDavid, were not with Adonijah. And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants: But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not." (1Kgs. 1:1-10)

You Are King, Adonijah!

God did many things through David after David became the king of Israel. Among them, God unified Israel and destroyed all of its neighboring enemies so Israel could build a temple.
God not only destroyed Israel's enemies, He also allowed Israel to gain much wealth in gold, brass, and jewels as spoils from those enemies so Israel would lack nothing in building the templein Jerusalem. As this work progressed, David became old.
Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. (1Kgs. 1:1)
David had many sons. One of them was Adonijah, the son of Haggith. Adnonijah was a goodly and an outstanding son who King David never had to chastise, not even once, for having done something wrong, nor did Adonijah ever cause the king concern. One day, Satan put an idea into Adonijah's heart.
"You can be king. You are brilliant and you are goodly. The king has confidence in you. That is why you can be king. You are king!" Adonijah sat alone, contemplating quietly the notion placed in him by Satan. His mind started to work. He thought thatDavid was old and that perhaps one of his brothers would become king, but to him it seemed that no one but he was worthy. Thus, Adonijah convinced himself that surely he would become king. To become king, he prepared chariots and horsemen and fifty men to go before him. Adonijah no longer went about by himself, but rode on a chariot, with fifty men running ahead and his many horsemen following behind. People saw this andwere surprised. "What has happened to Adonijah? It looks as if he is sure to become king." Indeed, everywhere they looked, the signs were that Adonijah would become king. It seemed that people were even acknowledging him as king. Adonijah had a plan. To put it into effect, Adonijah met and spoke with Joab, a military captain who was the son of Zeruiah and who had the most executive power in the country.
"I think that I am the most brilliant among my brothers and not once have I displeased my father. Even my father recognizes my brilliance and thus it is fitting that I become king. Captain Joab, please help me take the throne."
As soon as Adonijah said this, Joab became solicitous and answered. "You are right. King David had many sons, but there is no one as fitting as you to be king. It is only natural that you should be king. I will help you. I will help you with my life."
Adonijah was very happy to hear this.
"After the king, Captain Joab is the person with the most power. The king is now old, and Captain Joab is helping me. Surely this means that all the people of Israel want me to be king. Now I will be king, but first I should discuss the matter with Abiathar the priest." Adonijah called Abiathar and, speaking with him, told him that he would be king. Abiathar observed that Adonijah was indeed goodly and seemed to have the king's trust. He also saw that Captain Joab had gone over to Adonijah's side. Thus, he thought that he, as a priest, should also back and sponsor Adonijah to become king. "Adonijah, you will be king. I will do my best to help you." Adonijah was happy to hear the words of Abiathar. "The king has never been displeased with me. Rather, he recognizes my brilliance. Everyone around me is trying to help. Even Joab, the Captain, and Abiathar, the priest are helping me. Indeed, I have already become king."
Adonijah continued to build his power to become king, but as he did so, there was an uneasiness in his heart. Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei, and other mighty men who followed David were not helping Adonijah, refusing to accept him. Adonijah, however, did not consider that much of a problem. "Abiathar the priest and Joab the captain are helping me. What problem Would there be? When I become king, I will persecute these people."
Comforting him with these thoughts, Satan made Adonijah feel as though he would soon become king, and Adonijah, himself, was thinking that he had already become king. That was why in 1 Kings chapter 1, verse 9, Adonijah slew sheep, oxen, and fat cattle, by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah and all the king's servants. That is why it seemed that Adonijah had pretty much become the king.

Solomon, the King of Promise

Solomon, however, whom King David had promised to establish as king, at the time had no followers, and it seemed that he would not become king. Everything pointed to Adonijah becoming king, while Solomon had nothing. Nevertheless, Solomon thought, "Go ahead, Adonijah. Go ahead and do what you were doing. I am not great like you, I don't have people supporting me like you do, I am not recognized by people, and nothing is in my favor. One thing, however, is for sure. King David has promised that he would make me king. The important thing is the promise, not circumstances, appearances, and the seeming situation." Solomon stood aside and waited to see what King David would do. At about that time, Nathan the prophet went to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, and said, "Hast thou not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our Lord knoweth it not? Now therefore, I pray thee, come, let me give thee counsel that thou mayest save thine own life and the life of thy son Solomon." Solomon held his peace, but God moved the heart of Nathan the prophet and send him to Bathsheba to lead the plan of establishing Solomon as king.
Nathan the prophet went before King David with Bathsheba and said, "King, Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king. Is this thy doing? Why hast thou not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?" Then David said to Bathsheba, "As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, 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.'" Afterward, he called Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and commanded them.
"Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah."
According to this command of the king, the king's servants, Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet took Solomon to Gihon and anointed him, establishing him as king. It is written that then the people blew the trumpets, rejoiced, and the earth rent with the sound of them. Adonijah, Joab, and Abiathar the priest were joyfully eating sheep and cows when they heard the loud singing and the trumpets, which rent their heart. Then they asked, "What is going on?" Then, Jonathan the son of Abiathar entered and said that David had established Solomon as king, and all those who were sitting and eating there scattered. Later, Adonijah was killed, Joab was killed, and Abiathar the priest was pitifully dismissed.

One Thing that Never Changes

Our spiritual life is about the faith to believe in God. How are we supposed to believe, when we believe God? Undoubtedly, we must believe in God according the Word, which is the promise of God, but from time to time Satan confuses our hearts and creates an environment completely different from that of the Word of God. He often leads our hearts in a direction opposite to that of the Word of God. David was old and someone had to become king. Who did people like Joab and Abiathar think would become king? They did not consider the promise of King David or his wishes, but a willingness to scorn David arose in them because David was old. Also, because appearances pointed to Adonijah the son of Haggith to become king, they simply went in that direction. Compared to Adonijah the son of Haggith, Solomon had no entourage and no one on his side. It seemed as if he could not become king. It only seemed natural that people support Adonijah the son of Haggith and follow him. The Bible tells us that ultimately the Word of God is accomplished and that the world turns out according to God's promise, regardless of the appearances. Because God accomplishes everything, when we believe in God, we should not consider what appears evident, but look only to the Word of God and His promise. After my sins were washed away through the blood of Jesus, my heart often shook and changed. Even in the midst of upheaval, however, I never doubted that I had received forgiveness of my sins; that I was forgiven eternally. My certainty derived from the fact that my receiving forgiveness of sin was through nothing but the promise of living God. I had realized in the Word of God that my sins were forgiven. My heart changes, and my surroundings change, but because the Word of God does not change, I am reminded that my sins are forgiven every time I open and read the Scriptures. This has always amazed me. Afterward, when I would meet people and ask them, "Have you received forgiveness of sin? Are you born again?" most people answer in this way. "Yes, I am born again and I have received the forgiveness of sin." "How did you receive the forgiveness of sin?" "Ah, one day I was sleeping and all of a sudden my body became consumed. I prayed as I began to cry and my nose started to run...." Some say, "All the sins I ever committed flashed before my eyes like a movie. I could not bear the horror so I confessed them all to the Lord and my sins were forgiven." They also say that they have received forgiveness of sin by speaking in tongues. There are many people who believe that their sins are forgiven because as a sign from the Lord a disease they had was healed. In all of these cases, however, in their faith to believe in God, the people looked not at the Word, but the appearances. Solomon had nothing and it seemed that it would not work for him, but he believed the promise that David would establish him as king. Adonijah appeared to be better off than Solomon in one hundred, one thousand aspects but he did not have the words of promise. That is why when David establishes Solomon as the king according to the promise, Joab and Abiathar the priest leaves Adonijah. He was in emptiness as the horsemen, chariots, and the fifty men who ran before him became all scattered, and all those who followed him left him. A few moments ago Adonijah was boasting that he was king, but now he is a sinner who has to kneel before King Solomon to save his life. He trembles before Solomon. What is the reason behind this? The reason is, he did not rely on the Word of God, put aside the promise of King David and considered appearances of greater importance. That is why Adonijah eventually lost his life. When we live a spiritual life, we must not refer to emotions that we come upon through appearances to realize the forgiveness of sin. No matter how excited and overwhelmed you may feel, you have no faith in God if you do not have the Word promised by God. Even if you are not overwhelmed or excited and have no emotion whatsoever, but objectively opening the Bible and seeing the words, "the blood of Jesus Christ forgave your sins," and believing, "Ah, the promise of God records that my sins have been forgiven. Then my sins are forgiven," that is the proper faith to believe in the Word of God. Nothing else is needed. The faith to believe based on God's promise is perfect faith. That is because the Word of God is established in heaven for eternity, while the earth may pass away. Everything except the Word of Godcan change. My feelings, emotions, the burning passion of my heart, and all my circumstances can change. All of those things may change, but the one thing that can never change is the Word of God, whether on this earth or in heaven. That is why, when we stand before God we must not bring forth our actions saying, "I did so many good things. I prayed. I spoke in tongues. I cast out demons." People who say, "I felt a burning sensation in my heart. Doesn't that mean I received the forgiveness of sin? My whole body shook and I cried. Doesn't that mean my sins are forgiven?" and think of such things as forgiveness of sin will taste the bitterness of their hearts crumbling down on Judgment Day, just as Adonijah did. When you come forth with the faith, "God, I was truly a sinner, but the Word of God says that all of my sins have been washed as white as snow through the blood of Jesus Christ. I don't know much, but I believe your promise. Because this is what You are saying in the Bible, and because I believe that these words of promise are not lies, I believe in them. It is true that my sins are forgiven,"God is pleased with this faith. The faith to believe in God is the faith to believe in the words of God's promise, without considering the appearances, no matter what they might be. One with this faith is the person of faith. Solomon had nothing, but he had the promise that David would make him king. Adonijah had the appearance and everything pointed to his becoming king, but he did not have the promise of God. One does not become king because of appearances or circumstances. Solomon ultimately became king because David gave the throne to him. As many people live their spiritual life, they try to hold onto many things that do not derive from the Word of God. Once, I went to Kenya and gave a sermon at a large stadium where thousands of people had gathered. After the sermon, the organizers invited people who had AIDS or other diseases to come forward to receive prayer. Hundreds of people, perhaps seven or eight hundred people came forward. Many pastors laid their hands on them and prayed, and the people began to fall backward as they were prayed upon. They had believed that falling backward when being prayed upon was receiving the Holy Spirit and that falling in that way was the proof certain of their salvation. They had zeal and tried to serve God with all of their hearts. They attended the conference all day long; they came in the morning; they did not eat lunch; and they ceaselessly listened to the Word of God as the sun beamed down upon them in the stadium. They had so much passion, but they did not have the Word of God. Sadly, many people in Africa do not have Bibles and simply listen to the sermons of pastors. Those pastors often do not lead them to the right path, but lead their hearts to emotional things and to physical demonstrations, such as falling over when being prayed upon. Today many people set aside the Word of God. They consider feelings and emotions to be more important and hold on to those things. These people are like Adonijah. By all appearances, Adonijah had become king, but ultimately he became a sinner and died. On the other hand, the appearance was that Solomon would soon die, but because he had the definite promise of his father, King David, Solomon was made king according to the king's promise. This is a clear exposition of the world of faith today. What should we believe when we believe in God? Cast off all appearances, all emotions, and physical demonstrations of faith, and open the Scriptures to know what God is saying to you. These words you must believe. If the promise of God is that all of my sins have been forgiven, then they are forgiven regardless of the circumstances. If in his promise He says that He does not condemn me, then God does not condemn me. And if He says that my sins and iniquities he will remember no more, then He will not remember them. But so many people put the Word of God aside and look elsewhere to gain assurance of the forgiveness of sin, laboring to gain the assurance of salvation. Those who do this are not saved. They are always insecure and live without receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit and in the end are destroyed. I cannot say how many such people there are. No matter what you may have done until now, I hope that our loving readers can open and search the words of the promise of God for their spiritual lives, even if that means beginning this very hour. Discover yourself in the Word no matter what your past life or your position is, whether you are saved or not, whether your sins have been forgiven or not. If you gain assurance and faith within the Word, I know to a certainty that you will become a saint with whom God is pleased.

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