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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:11-14
Leading in to where we are so far in the passage, David is older and near death and his son Adonijah is making a play for the throne. Now we see Nathan informing Bathsheba of what is happening since apparently David had promised for her son Solomon to be king. Nathan the Prophet and Bathsheba, David’s wife, decide to together inform King David what is happening and in a respectful manner remind him of his promise for Solomon to be King. Nathan is so respectful that he never even makes an accusation, rather he simply questions Adonijah’s actions and if they were okay with David.
Take Good Advice(1 Kings 1:11–14 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign? Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.)
Nathan comes to Bathsheba with advice. We have no record of her seeking his advice. But she takes his advice and acts upon it. Take Good Advice. Notice I said good advice. Not all advice is good. You will have to be your own filter. Ever get advice you didn’t ask for? Many times we hear good advice and never act upon it. The Bible is a source of wonderful advice that is many times overlooked. We can also receive counsel from others who have gone through what we are going through now, but how many times does pride keep you from accessing it. Many times at a restaurant the waiter says, “Hot Plate.” What is your immediate action after hearing this? I usually touch the plate! Take good advice.
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