There is Esau and Jacob and then there is Adonijah and Solomon. Adonijah’s name means Jehovah is my Lord, Solomon’s peaceable. The line or seed of promise is opposed from within the people of God. Party strife and rivalry still plague our churches.
“His father had never at any time displeased him by asking, ‘Why have you done thus and so?'”
How beset by trouble is the path of the righteous. By our own doing and by the doing of others!
While the king grew old one of his sons (Adonijah) took the initiative, gained support, and went for the crown.
Nathan and Bathsheba in turn outmaneuver Adonijah (and note Joab supports the upstart).
This is a long passage that is, at its heart, full of hope.
See the words of David, a faithful servant of God (even broken),
“As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my soul out of ever adversity,”
We have seen this clear absolute belief from David in God’s salvation and sovereignty (remember his attitude toward Saul when Saul was king and trying to kill him).
In Psalm 55 we read David saying,
“He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.”
This should be of great encouragement to us. Here is a broken man who made terrible decisions … But he loved the Lord, he knew Jesus! He had a clear understanding of the immensity and importance of God’s sovereignty, God’s salvation. His REDEMPTION!
We can praise God that through Jesus He has redeemed us from every adversity!
* Father God,
Thank You for redeeming us, even as we struggle and are low and frail.
Thank You for Jesus, through whom You have brought us salvation.
Please help us Lord to trust in You even while going through adversity.
For You are our redeemer, our rock and our rescue.
Thank You Lord!