May 31, 2022
1 Kings 1-4
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Day 150: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: 1 Kings 2:2-4
Before starting today’s reading, spend some time in prayer with the Lord. Bring all your requests before Him. Ask Him for an understanding of 1 Kings 1-4. Then read 1 Kings 1-4. Let’s journey!
Commentary: King David is about to die and his fourth son Adonijah has set himself up to be the king, seemingly without any opposition. However, God has another plan. Before Adonijah can crown himself king, he is informed that David has crowned Solomon king. By not inviting Solomon to his banquet, Adonijah essentially announced his intention to kill Solomon. After Solomon is crowned king, Adonijah fears for his life and Solomon tells Adonijah that so long as he is loyal, Solomon will not kill him.
Adonijah never gave up his dreams of being king and asked to marry Abishag, the nurse for King David. Solomon saw this as a desperate grab for the throne and executed him, recognizing that Adonijah would never cease attempting to be king. Supporters of Adonijah were also sought out and killed. Solomon achieved peace with Egypt by marrying the daughter of Pharaoh. When the Lord offered Solomon one request, Solomon requested political discernment. Solomon was concerned about ruling the kingdom but failed to realize that his relationship with the Lord was the true key to ruling. Solomon is remembered as the wisest king, however, when viewed through his relationship with the Lord, he is severely lacking. King Solomon married multiple wives from various lands as a way to achieve peace. These wives led Solomon astray from the Lord.
Focus Verses: 1 Kings 2:2-4 – David’s advice to Solomon is advice that we can continue to cherish today. How do you keep the word of God close to you every day?
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