Applications from 1 Kings
The story here contains Solomon putting the finishing touches on setting up his kingdom as well as finishing what 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.
Don’t push the limits, 1 Kings 2:35-46A
Some might say, “Don’t press your luck.”
Shimei got off easy, but he had to try Solomon. All he had to do was stay in town and not leave. He was under “town” arrest so Solomon had him executed.
Why is it we push the limits?
- We seem to want only the things we cannot have.
- My doctor/wife/the skinny guy who lives inside me all tell me not to eat doughnuts. This just causes me to want them more. I don’t crave hominy like I do doughnuts. Maybe if someone told me I couldn’t have it.
- I can drive 55, so I’ll go 60-62.
- My bill is due the 1st, but I won’t get a fee until the 15th.
Don’t push the limits. Have Character. Especially with spiritual matters.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082