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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:15-21
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.
Don’t Be A Door Mat(1 Kings 1:15–21 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called. And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.)
Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you have to let others walk all over you! Note: This mentality has been overused. Christians shouldn’t lose their temper, then try to claim, “Just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I have to be a door mat and let you walk all over me.” We should always prefer others before ourselves. But, when in a situation where we will be taken advantage of, God has not commanded us to be idle and let it happen. Bathsheba did something about her and her son facing imminent danger (v.21). She went in to the King with Respect to his authority. There are two ways to handle a “doormat” situation.
1) Treat the person with the respect you desire.
2) Treat the person as your doormat as you walk all over them, for trying to walk over you!
She may have had doubts about the king at this point, but she entered his chamber with respect to his position. You may not like that the bank made a mistake and charged you too many fees, but you will never get it fixed by being a bull-dozer. You get it fixed by entering the bankers office in humility and asking nicely for help. But you don’t have to be taken advantage of.
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