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1 Kings part 5, A study of 1 Kings 1:41 - 43, 1 Kings 1:44 & 45, and 1 Kings 1:46 - 48

1 Kings 1:41 - 43

"Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, 'What's the meaning of all the noise in the city?' Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, 'Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.' 'Not at all!' Jonathan answered. 'Our lord King David has made Solomon king.'" NIV translation

Adonijah received the news that he was not the chosen king. His attempt to seize power has failed and the party is over. We are reminded that, even if we do not like the leaders that are in place, they are there by the will of God. In many cases today, Christians forget this lesson and get caught up in politics instead of trusting the fact that God is in control.

1 Kings 1:44 & 45

"The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king's mule, and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That's the noise you hear." NIV translation

As Jonathan tells Adonijah of the events of Solomon's coronation, you can imagine the shock and horror that was building in those that were at this party. With the mention of the mule, he would have known that it had the seal of David's authority.

We often hear the story of Jesus' triumphal entry and the fact that He was riding on a donkey. Many say that this was a sign of His humility but, as we see here, it was kings that normally rode on donkeys during peacetime. The average person did not have a donkey to ride. Just like the procession with Solomon, the fact that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey was a statement that He was a king.

1 Kings 1:46 - 48

"'Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our Lord King David, saying, "May your God make Solomon's name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!" And the king bowed in worship on his bed and said, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today."'" NIV translation

Jonathan completes his report with the fact that the king and all of the royal officials have asked a blessing from God on Solomon and his reign. Have you ever came to realize that you are on the wrong side of God's plan? That is what it must have been like for Adonijah as he realized it was a no win situation.

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