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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 1:5-6

The Story:

Adonijah is making a play for David’s throne. We are told a few important things about him: He exalted himself–so not chosen to be King. He is the younger brother of Absalom. He is good looking.

David didn’t discourage him from trying. This could be due to David’s age and health, or David could be quietly in support.

Joab helps Adonijah. Joab has always backed King David. Why would he turn against him now? He possibly feels that a new King is in order. Others stick with King David, v.8. Mainly Nathan and David’s mighty men.

The Application:

Never exalt yourself
(1 Kings 1:5–6 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.)

Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. See Luke 14:7-11.  It is always better to choose the worse and be awarded the better, than to choose the best and end up with the worst. If expecting the worse, the better seems great! If expecting the best, the worst is somehow even worse.

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