Applications from 1 Kings
The story here contains Solomon putting the finishing touches on setting up his kingdom as well as finishing what his father, David asked. The story begins with Solomon’s judgment of Abiathar. Solomon honored the priest’s office by not slaying him, but he banished him from service. Abiathar would remain a priest, he was born into this and Solomon couldn’t take it away. However, he would no longer serve the nation and would be sent to live in his hometown.
When Joab heard of Abiathar’s exile, he knew that judgment would soon come to him; so he fled to the altar for protection. On the altar Joab was safe from betraying Solomon and David by following Adonijah. However, Joab was still guilty of murdering several men and he had to pay for his sins. Benaiah executed him there for this. Benaiah became the new general of the army, and Zadok was made the high priest.
Next Solomon goes after Shimei. This was the man who cursed David and threw rocks at him when he was fleeing from Absalom. Solomon ordered him to remain in Jerusalem where he could be watched, a sentence far more merciful than he deserved. However, Shimei disobeyed the king’s order and was executed.
Be careful what you wish for. 1 Kings 2:26-34
Benaiah asks Joab to come out to Solomon. Joab says, Nope, I’ll die right here. Solomon simply says, “Do as he hath said…” Be careful what you wish for…You might just get it! We really have to mind our words don’t we!
“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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