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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:28-53
When we last left the Story: Adonijah had made a play for David’s throne, Nathan and Bathsheba had formed a plan to do something about it and ensure Solomon became king, now we finish up the story seeing David, Solomon, and Adonijah’s actions as things pan out. David keeps his word and makes Solomon the King. To thwart Adonijah’s plans David sends Solomon riding in on the King’s mule and has him sit upon the throne. Adonijah hears of this and flees fearing for his life. Solomon spares his life with the stipulation that he stay out of trouble.
Put Others before Self, v.29-40.
David was still the King at this Point. But things were bad and needed to fixed. In spite of the throne, mule, kingdom still being his…David placed Solomon in those places. For example: V.33 “…mine own mule…”, V.34 “…God save king Solomon…”, V.35 “…sit upon my throne…”. As King, David could have solved the problem without turning it all over to Solomon. But David preferred others before self. He not only thought for his good and the good of the whole, but he also worked toward the individual good (Solomon, Bathsheba, etc.). Put others before self. Even when they can do nothing for you in return. Romans 12:10 states, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Also, 1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
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