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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:22-27
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.
Do Something(1 Kings 1:22–27 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah. But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?)
“The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Anyone know who said this? It has been attributed to: Edmund Burke, Gandhi, Tolstoy’s War and Peace…..It has also been put many different ways, always saying about the same thing. Nonetheless, it is true. Nathan didn’t have to do a thing. He could sit back and let this happen without getting involved. He could have just given Bathsheba advice and never spoken to the king himself. Nathan knew the only way for this to stop was to do something.
Do Something. I challenge you to make a commitment to yourself to stop griping about things in the world that you have no intention of doing anything about. Rather than just talk about how bad things are, do something to make things better. You may only be able to make a small impact…Lots of small impacts will become a big impact! All that Nathan could do was continue doing what he had always done. As God’s prophet he had always told the king and the nation the truth from God. Here, he does just the same.
“Doing Something” may not be any different for you. It may just mean doing what you have always done. The alternative is to sit, look the other way, and let things happen that you feel are not right before God.
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