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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 1:7

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:

Loyalty Runs Out
(1 Kings 1:7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.)

Although Joab had been loyal to David all this time, he now sides with Adonijah. While I disagree with him, I can clearly see Joab’s point. He wants the Kingdom to continue. In fact he is so loyal to David he feels supporting the new king shows it. In his mentality, supporting the new young excited man secures the Kingdom for David & family.

But all the while, to you and I, his loyalty has ceased. Loyalty runs out. You may have friends now that won’t be your friends later in life. Things change, people change. The key is to be able to understand their point of view and not take it as a personal attack.

Joab was thinking of himself. He felt that supporting the new King secured his future better than supporting the old King. He threw years of service and loyalty out the door by worrying about what might happen next! People will think of themselves. No matter how loving a person may seem, “I” is still #1. We can’t help it, we can’t get around it. It is important that we know & realize that loyalty runs out.

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